YOUR SUMMER MUST-HAVES FOR THE FOURTH, AND BEYOND

Happy 4th of July from Mattie Lu

Holding spots next to Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s is the Fourth of July in our rankings of top holidays. We rejoice at its presence mid-summer as a means to celebrate the season, and our country. And though everyone’s holiday will most certainly take on a different tone, there will undoubtedly be some combination of family, fireworks, outdoor activities, grilling, and cocktails, in no particular order. And if you’re wondering what you need to ensure you tackle the holiday just right -- well, you’re in the right place.

Mattie Lu is a family company. We cherish our time together and value what our furniture means to other families, too. The Fourth of July, and perhaps summer in general, is a time to spend quality time together. And to do that -- and to do it well -- requires the proper furnishings. If your summer celebration looks anything like ours, you’ll be in need of a few things. Like, for instance, an outdoor picnic table or outdoor dining table. Burgers, potato salad and Aunt Lucy’s macaroni and cheese will taste all the better when savored at a table like this one.

And what’s the Fourth of July without fireworks, or more simply, just plain old fire? You’ll spark endless joy with these grilling and bonfire essentials that promise a weekend of fun-filled dining, carefree eats and easygoing evenings that you’ll cherish forever. Our fire pit table will be the perfect gathering spot for pre- and post-fireworks s’mores. We’re also inclined to think that it’s fire pits like this one that easily become the designated meeting point for après-fireworks drinks that inevitably turn into late-night conversation.

But it’s our grilling kart, the perfect complement to your grill, that will be the kickstart to your holiday weekend, one that turns memorable evenings into sparkling, never-to-be-forgotten finales. Keep it close by to store all of your grilling accessories and must-have tools.

For a summer to remember, stock up on the items that were made to be enjoyed together. For the Fourth and beyond, our favorite family items are sure to pack the smiles.