While the 4th of July is meant to be a celebration of independence, it offers the perfect setting to declare your unwavering commitment to the person you love. Here are just a few reasons why you may want to propose this coming week.
It provides the perfect cover.
Think about it. A party filled with friends, family, food, and drinks – topped off by spectacular fireworks? Those are the makings of an amazing proposal. It also offers the perfect pretense to invite friends and family over to witness the happy event.
Pets are welcome.
Pets are more likely to be welcome at a backyard barbecue than a high-end romantic restaurant, so your furry friends can be part of the magical moment too.
The symbolism is awesome.
The symbolism of proposing on Independence Day can be as profound or as lighthearted as you want it to be. Whether it’s a statement about maintaining your independence while merging your lives or offering to give up the freedom of the single life, this extra layer of meaning will make it all the more special.
You’ll have plenty of time to plan the wedding.
Wedding season usually falls between June – September and experts often recommend that couples start planning their weddings 6-9 months in advance. If you pop the question in July, you’ll be giving yourselves plenty of time to bask in the ‘newly-engaged’ afterglow before you have to get down to the business of wedding planning. If you want to get married sooner, you’ll be able to take advantage of off-season pricing for a winter or spring wedding.
4th of July Proposal Ideas
With all those great reasons, you’d almost be crazy not to propose on the 4th. So if you’re ready to wave your love flag, here are a few of our favorite proposal ideas along with some couples who made them all their own.
1. Make Sparks Fly
It’s become something of a cliché to propose during fireworks – but we all secretly love the idea. There’s something very romantic about popping the question under that colorful sky! While your partner’s looking up in awe, get out the engagement ring and see those eyes get even wider.
And of course, the engagement photos will be incredible.
This couple really sparked some fireworks with their proposal.
2. Beat The Crowds
Looking for something a bit more personal? This is absolutely possible on a national holiday – it’s not as if you need to spend every second in the company of a crowd of people. Offer to make a 4th of July breakfast in bed, or drive to a stunning part of town before the crowds start to gather. You can then announce your engagement to friends and family when you meet up with them! This couple took a quiet Independence Day stroll on the beach for their engagement.
Photo: Carly Fuller Photography
3. Plan A Getaway
There are so many great ways to take advantage of a little time off during the height of summer. And the Fourth is perfect for a romantic getaway for two. Long walks on the beach, lazy picnics in the park, leisurely drives along picturesque highways – these are all incredible opportunities to ask for forever.
This couple got engaged after a holiday drive on the Laguna Beach coastline:
Photo: Matrimony Media
4. Make It Memorable
Skeptics may think that huge holidays like the 4th of July can’t be personalized; we disagree. Think back over all the Independence Days you’ve spent together. Is there a particularly memorable one? Recreate those happy memories as a way to show just how much you’ve valued your years together. Then say you wish to spend the rest of your 4th of Julys with them.
We’re sure this couple will remember this amazing 4th of July for the rest of their lives.
5. Say It With Beer
We love the idea of proposals that involve food, and theme-filled eats galore take it to the next level. 4th of July calls for apple pie, colorful cupcakes and lots of delicious picnic snacks.
If you want a relaxed, casual kind of proposal, set the ring on your partner’s bottle of beer as you pass it to them. It’s sure to be the best beer of your lives.
Or take that extra step and make it really special with a custom beer glass. This woman obviously knew the way to her man’s heart:
6. Fish For Compliments (And A Yes!)
An unexpected proposal can make any seemingly dull excursion 100x better. Invite your true love for some early morning fishing on the lake and see the surprise when they find out you were fishing for something else!
Read about this couple’s incredible lakeside proposal:
Photo: JR Erickson
7. Share It With The Family
Family gatherings can be fun, but they can also be stressful. All those questions about your life and what you’re doing with it. Give them something to talk about by proposing in front of all of them. Bonus, they can all help you pull it off.
This man really got the moment right by including his entire family in his 4th of July proposal:
Photo: Mozi Photography
Don’t Forget The Important Stuff
Proposing on a holiday can be tricky. There’s already the expectation for an important day ahead, and plans with family and friends may take center-stage. Just remember what it’s all about: you and your partner. With that in mind, you’re sure to get the moment right. Happy Fourth, and good luck!
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