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Camping on the 4th of July

Fireworks, picnics and going to the beach are activities most people associate with the July 4th holiday. Camping is also one of the most popular activities to do on the summer holiday. Camping is a great deal for budget minded vacationers and a great way for families to come together and unplug and unwind.

Campsite Reservations

July 4th is a busy time for campgrounds especially when it falls on or near a weekend. Many popular national and state parks are completely booked very early on in the year, so it is wise to know when the park you are interested in opens their reservation season.

Most campgrounds probably have openings with a one month lead time heading into the holiday but it is always better to make your campsite reservation as early as possible. There are usually a few campsites available for last minute campers, just make sure you call the campground and get a confirmation on a reservation before heading out.  If the campground you call is booked, politely ask if they know of any other campgrounds that may have campsites available.


Most campgrounds have strict restrictions on using fireworks on their grounds. Please call ahead to confirm the campground's policy on fireworks. Also, if you are heading to a different state, please make sure that you familiarize yourself with that State's laws on the types of fireworks that are legal. Fireworks are banned in all National Parks.

Other restrictions may be in place in areas that are susceptible to drought and/or windy conditions.

If you are going to light of fireworks, make sure that you do it in a way that is respectful and enjoyable to your fellow campers.

Always be safe with fireworks and campfires! Remember what Smokey the Bear has taught us all these years!

Many campsites are close enough to cities or attractions that have large public fireworks displays that are visible from the campground.

Planning Menus

Food is always a big part of the camping experience and it becomes even more so on the July 4th holiday. There are the traditional items like hamburgers, hot dogs and smores, but there are a wide variety of recipes that you can make while you are camping. Snacks are always important to bring along especially if you have kids.  Cold drinks always hit the spot on a warm summer day.

July 4th Camping Traditions

We hear from many people that it has been a long standing tradition for them to camp on the 4th of July.

So are you heading out camping this 4th of July? If so, let us know about what you have planned and if you have any cool traditions camping on the 4th!

Happy Camping and Happy Independence Day! Team


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