15 Ways to Celebrate the 4th of July

Fourth of July Activities for Kids

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The Fourth of July is a hallmark of summer family fun.  There’s all sorts of parades, parties, and naturally….fireworks! But if you want to do something extra? Should you make some fun, cheap crafts with the kids? Make some delicious snacks for that party you’re hosting? Dress up in a super patriotic way to walk down to the parade? Or just play some fun games at home – just because? No matter what your plan is, let this list help guide you to fun activities and treats this 4th of July!

Looking to attend a local event? Check out our post here on all the local events for this year!

1. Make Firework Salt Paintingsfrom Busy Mommy Media

firework salt paintings example watercolor busy mommy media

Learn how to do it here: https://busymommymedia.com/firework-salt-painting/

2. Color-In a Tablecloth of the USAfrom Amazon

3. Play American Cannons with Dollar Store Itemsfrom Four Hats and Frugal

red blue bucks for american cannons 4 hats and frugal

Learn how to do it here: https://4hatsandfrugal.com/2015/06/american-cannons-4th-of-july-outdoor-game-caprisuncrew.html

4. DIY Some Patriotic Paper Lanternsfrom Amazon

5. Enjoy some Patriotic Punch – from Wunder Mom

red, white, and blue patriotic punch in a dispenser on tablecloth

Learn how to do it here: https://wunder-mom.com/patriotic-punch/

6. Stay Cool with Stars and Stripes Accordion Paper Fansfrom Amazon

7. Make Patriotic Party Slimefrom The Farm Girl Gabs

Small cups of patriotic party slime with stars

Learn how to do it here: https://thefarmgirlgabs.com/patriotic-party-slime/#_a5y_p=6544344

8. Play a Stars & Striped Themed Round of Bingofrom Amazon

9. Wave around some Easy Red, White, and Blue Patriotic Ribbon Wandsfrom Mama in the Now

Easy Red, White, and Blue Ribbon Wands

Learn how to do it here: https://mamainthenow.com/patriotic-ribbon-wand/

10. Have a Patriotic Potato Sack Racefrom Amazon

11. Make the “Easiest 4th of July Dessert Ever”from A Step in the Journey

Learn how to do it here: http://astepinthejourney.com/2014/06/easiest-4th-of-july-dessert-ever.html

12. Create Your Own Patriotic Necklacesfrom Amazon

13. A Nighttime Must: Wear Your Glowsticks from Amazon

14. Use Those Glowsticks to Play Glow-in-the-Dark Ring Tossfrom The Spruce

Glow in the dark ring toss party game from The Spruce
Photo Cred: Christine Gauvreau

Learn how to do it here: https://www.thespruce.com/glow-stick-party-games-2104656

15. Just Get Out and Enjoy a Great Local Event!

Red pickup truck with fireworks Happy 4th of July

Don’t feel pressured to prepare – simple & easy is often best! Just gather your family and some generic supplies and head out to a parade, a community event, or a local fireworks show! We got you covered for the year here!

Hope these ideas got your creative juices flowing! Have a happy, fun-filled 4th of July!

Know of another great idea? Drop a suggestion in the comments!