June 26, 2024

Top Essentials to Bring to a Fourth of July Pool Party in 2024

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Planning a Fourth of July pool party can be tricky. Everyone wants their outdoor celebration to be memorable and fun. This article is packed with tips on everything to ensure your Independence Day celebration is a hit.

Food and Drinks

Easy punch

easy punch next to the pool

Making easy punch adds a refreshing twist to any Fourth of July poolside gathering. Mix your favorite fruits like oranges, lemons, and berries with soda and fruit juice. This creates a colorful and delicious drink that keeps guests cool under the summer sun.

Serve it in a large dispenser so everyone can help themselves.

For an extra festive touch, add some ice cubes made from frozen fruit juice or include slices of star-shaped fruits. It’s the perfect way to stay hydrated while enjoying the outdoor festivities.

Plus, this easy punch is something both kids and adults will love at your holiday gathering by the pool.


sliders at a 4th of july party

Sliders are a popular choice for Fourth of July pool parties. These bite-sized burgers are easy to handle and perfect for outdoor gatherings. They can be made with various toppings and fillings, catering to different tastes.

For a patriotic touch, consider using red and blue toppings like tomatoes or blue cheese. A fun idea is to create a slider bar with an assortment of fixings so guests can customize their own sliders, adding to the festive atmosphere.

Potato salad

someone holding a bowl of potato salad at a fourth of july party

Potato salad is a classic addition to any summer party spread, and it’s an ideal dish for a Fourth of July pool party. The cool, creamy texture of the dressed potatoes combined with crunchy celery and tangy pickles makes it a refreshing and flavorful side dish that complements grilled meats and other summer favorites such as sliders and watermelon feta salad.

A large batch of potato salad can easily feed a crowd, making it perfect for larger gatherings like a summer pool party.

In addition, disposable cups and plates are essential for serving this delicious dish alongside other refreshments at the poolside event.

Firework fruit wands

firework fruit wands

Make vibrant and colorful firework fruit wands by using skewers to thread red, white, and blue fruits like strawberries, bananas, and blueberries in a pattern. These fruity treats bring a burst of flavor and are perfect for Fourth of July pool parties.

The combination of fresh fruits adds a healthy touch to the festive spread while staying true to the patriotic theme with its red, white, and blue colors.

Properly washed fruits make safe options for kids’ snacking during poolside fun. The portability and easy consumption of these fruit wands offer an ideal option for outdoor festivities.

Additionally, they serve as visually appealing additions for the summer gathering table decorations or buffet display. Incorporating these nutritious treats ensures that there’s something delicious for everyone at your Fourth of July pool party.

Pool Party Essentials

Remember to pack towels, sunscreen, bug spray, a first aid kit, disposable cups and plates, and garbage bags for the ultimate Fourth of July pool party. Ensure you have all the essential supplies for a fun and safe day by the pool.


Towels are essential for drying off after swimming or laying by the pool. It is advisable to bring a travel towel that is convenient and easy to pack for a Fourth of July pool party.

A beach bag is an excellent way to carry towels along with other pool party essentials like sunscreen and snacks.


Keep your skin protected from the sun’s harmful rays by bringing sunscreen to the pool party. Ensure to use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30, and reapply every two hours or immediately after swimming.

A waterproof option is ideal for poolside activities, guaranteeing long-lasting protection throughout the day. Don’t forget to apply sunscreen liberally to all exposed skin areas, including often-missed spots like ears, neck, and feet.

Sunscreen is crucial in preventing sunburn and reducing the risk of skin cancer caused by prolonged sun exposure during outdoor events like a Fourth of July pool party.

Bug spray

Make sure to pack bug spray for the Fourth of July pool party. The hot weather and outdoor setting can attract mosquitoes, so having bug spray on hand is essential to keep guests comfortable and protected from bites.

With the right bug spray, everyone can enjoy the festivities without worrying about pesky insects disrupting the fun.


Get ready to elevate your Fourth of July pool party with these top essentials!. From easy punch and sliders to towels and sunscreen, ensure you’re covered.

Get anything you need for your pool at the Carlton Pools retail stores. Consider reaching out to Carlton’s service department for pool cleaning before or after the party.

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