9 Romantic Things You Can Do On The 4th Of July

The first officially holiday of the summer and just about everyone is off work.  What's a couple to do?  If you're still stumped on what to do, we're here to help. We put together some simple but fun ways to celebrate the 4th with your guy.

1.) Find a secluded spot: If the weather is good and you can sit under the stars, find somewhere private for the fireworks. Every summer, my friends used to gather on a roof deck downtown to watch. Our friend even had a hot tub up there. We were a big group, but can you imagine if it had been just a couple? It's totally possible. Run from the crowd to a spot where you can still see the fireworks -- and then you can REALLY make some of your own!

2.) Bring a picnic: There are plenty of places online to help you plan the perfect picnic. By all means, look at them. Pack the napkins and the utensils in a basket, but be sure to also include the romantic basics -- chocolate-covered strawberries, champagne (and plastic flutes!), a little cheese, and some grapes. Whether you have all day or just an hour to yourselves, eating al fresco just the two of you is romance personified. Bon appetit!

3.) If you’ve been together long enough to be comfortable entertaining together (or you live together), why not host a 4th of July bash for all your friends? Don’t fancy yourselves great cooks? Just supply the beer, a signature beverage (sangria or punch are easy choices) and the burgers (veggie and meat) and get your guests to bring their favorite summer salads or desserts.

4.) Bring sparklers: Think there's nothing romantic about sparklers? Well, anything can be sweet if you put your mind to it! Write your partner's name in the night air with sparklers. Hold one, light it, and kiss until it stops sparking. Or make up your own "adult" game using the childhood toy.

5.) Water fight: If you want to be a little risque put on white T-shirts and nothing else. Then break out the hose. Squirt each other until there's nothing left to the imagination. Alternative: Have a water balloon fight in only white clothing. The suspense! The romance! The tease! It's all there.

6.) Stay in: Curl up, watch a movie. Enjoy the AC ... and the silence. Everyone else will be outside, getting eaten alive, but you'll have the whole house to yourselves. Bonus points for choosing a patriotic film for the par-tay.

7.) Hide the blue: Fourth of July is the one day a year it's OK to be a little corny for your country. Take advantage by making sure you both wear something red, white, and blue. Better yet, wear read and white on the outside and let him FIND the blue somewhere underneath! God Bless America!

8.) Celebrate late night: If you decide to do the family thing, that doesn't mean you can't have a date night.  Go out in the backyard. Make and light a little campfire, get a few roasting sticks, and toast up some marshmallows. Feed them to each other and enjoy the feel of the summer night air.

9.) Go on a romantic "getaway." Almost every town has its appeal on the 4th, so head to your local tourist hot spot. Breaking your usual routine and taking advantage of what your town or city has to offer will make you feel like you're on a mini vacation. Plus, experiencing new activities with your guy is exciting.

The fact is, July 4th can really be the perfect romantic holiday. The summer sun and vacation feel put almost everyone in a good mood (no work!). Plus there's free entertainment (fireworks!)