Happy 4th of July!

The 4th of July is one of my favorite holidays. Beyond what it represents, the fireworks, and friends, there are no gifts to buy, there are no family photos to take, it's warm outside and it gives us yet another excuse to sear meat over hot charcoals beer-in-hand. How could you go wrong? You really can't, but you can make it even better and here is how:

Choosing the booze

If you're a beer drinker, then the Dry Dock Brewing "Colorado Freedom Memorial Blonde" is the obvious choice, as a portion of the proceeds goes to the Colorado Freedom Memorial Fund. Plus, you can drink a few without feeling too full.

Don't drink alcohol? Perhaps Black Rifle Coffee's "America's Coffee" is more your style?

Choosing the main

There's nothing wrong with keeping it simple – hotdogs, burgers, steaks are always good options, but if you really want to step up your game, get a few nicely marbled ribeyes from Leevers Locavore. They get their meat from River Bear Meats, who also provides meats to local restaurants like the Mercantile Dining & Provision, Citizen Rail, and Hank's Texas BBQ, just to name a few.

Choosing the dessert

Step things up for dessert, aka the best party of any 4th of July party! Our guilty pleasures include cream cakes from either the Cold Stone off Buckley or the Cold Stone in Parker.

Not a fan of ice cream? You're probably on a watch list somewhere, but that's okay, because you can stuff your face full of a "Seasonal Fruit Pizza" from Sazza – that'll have people talking. 

That was easy, wasn't it? We'll leave the rest of the decorations, drinks, and entertainment up to you. In the meantime, we're counting down the days until the 4th! 

What are your thoughts? Do you have any recommendations we should all know about? If so, let us know in the comments section!