It’s a federal holiday on July 4th, but if you don’t work for the government or in a school, you will probably be spending the Independence Day at the office. But don’t worry, there are ways to keep office morale up and energy high as you celebrate the day with your employees and co-workers.

 

Before going into how to celebrate, here’s a brief reminder on why we celebrate — back in June of 1776, representatives got together to declare our independence from Great Britain. Congress voted in favor of this on July 2, but it wasn’t until July 4 that the Declaration of Independence, largely written up by Thomas Jefferson, was accepted. We can thank him for penning what would eventually become one of the most important documents in our country’s history. We Americans usually celebrate this historic occasion with fireworks, barbecues, beach days, and parades. It’s also a time to reflect on how far we have come, in such a short amount of time.

 

Here are a few ways you can make the most of this #4thofJuly, and perhaps bond with your co-workers at the same time.

 

Potluck

 

Nothing says employee morale like food. For the holiday, any kind of red, white, and blue treat will show that you’re celebrating the day, and want your fellow employees to celebrate along with you. If you want to ditch the boxed cupcakes and kick it up a notch, check out these Fourth of July-themed doughnuts from The Simple Sweet Life or any of these festive treats to show your patriotic appreciation.

 

USA Playlist

 

If your office uses a CD player or Bluetooth speaker, why not blast some American themed tunes throughout the building?

For some inspiration, Bruce Springsteen’s “Born In The USA,” “American Girl” by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, “American Pie” by Don McLean, “America” by Simon and Garfunkel, and “R.O.C.K. In The USA” by John Mellencamp are non-offensive crowd favorites.

 

Decorate

Encourage your employees to deck out their desks in red, white and blue! All you need are some streamers to wrap around your desk, little American flags and whatever else you can find at your local dollar store. This is a great way to show that even though you’re stuck in the 9-to-5 schedule, you’re still patriotic!

 

Red, White and Blue Dress Code

 

Allowing your employees to wear their best July Fourth themed clothing is a good way to start celebrating Independence Day in the office. Keeping the dress code semi-formal or casual can lessen the stress of the work day and remind your employees that they are in a relaxed, celebratory environment.

 

Sparklers

For after office life, light some sparklers before leaving for the day. They easy to use, and not super dangerous. This might even encourage more celebrating as a team outside the office. (Happy hour anyone?)