Ready to get a head start on your Fourth of July pool party planning?
It’s hard to believe, but the Fourth of July is right around the corner. From party planning to making sure your swimming pool is ready takes some preparation. Whether you’re having a big party or an intimate gathering, we’re here to help with a checklist of great ideas.
Let’s look at how to get ready for your Fourth of July pool party.
Clean Your Pool
You can be sure your guests will most enjoy a sparkling clear pool. They really don’t want to swim in a pool with leaves, dirt, and debris. So, remember to do these things before your pool party:
- Skim your pool.
- Scrub and brush your pool.
- Vacuum your pool.
- Use an automatic cleaner to keep your pool clean.
Now you and your guests can enjoy a spotless pool!
Do a Pool Equipment Check
It’s always a good idea before a pool party to make sure everything is running efficiently on your swimming pool. While it can happen, the last thing you want is for something to stop working. Your best defense is proactive.
You want to check your pump, your filter, and your heater (if you need to use it). Make sure they are all in good working order.
Clean Your Pool Filter
Now is a good time to inspect your pool filter. Take it out and make sure it’s clean before you use it.
Cleaning your filter means more than just rinsing them. Clean them properly to get rid of any contaminants such as sweat, oils, sunscreen, etc. If you need to replace your pool filter, do it before your party.
Attend to Your Pool Water
Now it’s time to take care of your pool water.
First, you want to test your water. You can pick up some test strips from us, or if you’re having a pool problem, bring us a water sample. The water test will tell you just what your pool needs.
It’s vital that you balance your swimming pool water before the party. Take a look at your pH levels. You want them to be in balance, and the best way to know is to check your levels every day. Aim for a range somewhere between 7.2 and 7.8.
If you need to either raise or lower your pH levels, come see us for the right chemicals.
You also want to shock your pool a few days before your party. You want to make sure your chlorine is at the proper level to destroy bacteria and algae. What’s more, you want the proper chlorine levels so the water doesn’t sting swimmer’s eyes, and it doesn’t cause cleanliness issues in your pool.
Clean Your Pool Toys and Floats
First, you want to get out your pool toys and floats. Next, check them over to make sure they aren’t broken. Finally, give them a thorough cleaning so they’re ready for your guests to use.
If it’s time for some new toys or floats, the Fourth of July is a great time to pick a few up. Consider floats, diving rings, safety toys for the little ones, basketball and volleyball goals, and other diving toys.
Think of Your Guests
Some of your guests will forget the mainstays of a pool party: towels and sunscreen.
Set out a nice big basket full of fluffy towels for those guests who leave theirs at home.
You also want to have a bottle of sunscreen on hand. This will definitely help for those who forgot theirs or need to reapply. You can up the guest experience by also having a bottle of aloe vera on hand for anyone who gets a sunburn.
Set a Water Watcher
If you have children in the pool, talk to the adults. Set a schedule of water watchers so no one adult has to do it the whole time.
An adult water watcher is someone who is watching the water at all times to make sure everyone is safe.
In addition, make sure you go over the pool rules with the children and teens to help avoid any accidents.
Decorate for the Party
This is your chance to really show your patriotism. Get out the red, white, and blue decorations. You can even repurpose some of your Valentine’s Day and Christmas red and white decor.
Another way to decorate is with pool floats. Get some red, white, and/or blue ones and toss them in and around your pool. You can also use your pool lights at night to create a patriotic display.
Do decorate your food area as well with patriotic table settings. You can also give your guests sparklers as party favors for later in the evening. Another fun idea is bottles of bubbles!
You can also show your patriotism with your food – set out some red, white, and blue desserts or even drinks for extra festive flair.
Create a Play List
Make your party extra memorable with a patriotic playlist. Search Spotify for a Fourth of July playlist!
Final Fourth of July Party Tips
Now you’re ready to host the best Fourth of July party on your block!
We hope you enjoy this special day with family and friends. Make the most of our most patriotic summer holiday and don’t forget, we are here for all your pool needs at Arvidson Pools and Spas!