7 Simple Ideas for July 4th Fun


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7 Simple Ideas for July 4th Fun

Independence Day in the United States is a unique holiday in that it occurs during the lazy months of summer.

While holidays like Thanksgiving and Christmas often feel rushed and frantic because they fall right in the middle of the busy school year, 4th of July celebrations are usually more relaxed to match the slower pace of the season.

With that in mind, these seven simple ideas for July 4th fun will help make your family’s Independence Day special while still keeping with the laid back, no-fuss vibe the holiday usually has.

7 Simple Ideas for July 4th Fun

7 Simple Ideas for July 4th Fun

1. Enjoy a red, white, and blue breakfast.

Start the day off on a patriotic note with a red, white, and blue morning meal. Try a parfait made with layers of vanilla yogurt, blueberries, and strawberries. Or for something more decadent, top a stack of pancakes with blueberries, strawberries, and whipped cream or powdered sugar.

7 Simple Ideas for July 4th Fun

2. Play some patriotic-themed games.

A round of Independence Day Bingo is fun even for preschool-age kids. You can create your own customized bingo cards or use this free printable for Patriotic Bingo from Blooming Homestead.

Or get the kids moving with a round of Red, White, and Blue Tag. Just give each child a token or chip that’s either red, white, or blue. When someone is tagged, they must give their chip to the person who tagged them. The first one to collect a red, white, and blue chip wins!

3. Make a super simple flag craft with your kids.

Help your kids construct an American flag out of anything from drinking straws to paper chains. Kids Activities Blog has a great list of 30 American flag crafts, including this easy Popsicle stick flag from Glued to My Crafts—perfect for toddlers!

Popsicle Stick Flag Craft

4. Create care packages for the troops.

Creating care packages for those in the military is a great way to open up a conversation with your kids about the role those in the military play in keeping people safe, both here and abroad. And of course it’s a perfect service project in the spirit of Independence Day. Check out this helpful list of what deployed troops really want in their care packages.

5. Host a neighborhood bike parade.

Round up all the kiddos on your block for a classic Independence Day bike and trike parade. The kids can adorn their bikes (and their helmets!) with red, white, and blue stars and streamers (making sure they can’t get caught in the bike spokes, of course). Then they pedal away to show off their decked-out, patriotic rides to all the neighbors.

7 Simple Ideas for July 4th Fun

6. Be flexible about fireworks.

If you grew up watching fireworks every 4th of July, you probably can’t wait for your kids to enjoy them as well. But sometimes we forget that fireworks can be downright terrifying for little ones! So prepare your children as best you can—explaining what fireworks are, why we enjoy watching them, and why they’re perfectly safe. Then consider choosing a low-key spot for viewing them, one that isn’t too close or too loud.

And always remain flexible. If your child is obviously not enjoying the show, shrug it off and try again next year.

7. Don’t fret over extra indulgences.

As with most holidays, the 4th of July is a time for enjoying special sweets and treats—but we well-meaning parents get frantic when we see our kids reaching for an extra cupcake. It’s our job to keep them healthy, and the last thing we want is for our kids to get cavities from too much sugar.

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7 Simple Ideas for 4th of July Fun

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154 responses to “7 Simple Ideas for July 4th Fun”

  1. We will watch the fireworks on our boat! They are even more incredible when you are on the water. We also love to have a 4th of July cooking contest among my family!

  2. We usually celebrate the 4th with a day near water whether it’s the pool, the beach, or the lake and 9 times out of 10 the day ends with some fireworks. My kids are older now so they enjoy the show, but when they were babies it was definitely too loud for them!

  3. We celebrate the 4th of July by going to a big lake close to where I live and having a big picnic with the family. We swim. play volley ball and eat and have fun all day!

  4. We always watch the fireworks together and let the kids light up the little burners. Plus we enjoy swimming at either the lake or in a pool

  5. These are GREAT ideas, the pancake pic is so yummy looking! We always visit my brother and his family on a lake in SC!

  6. We usually either have a BBQ or go to a BBQ and then go see fireworks in whatever town we are in assuming we can’t see them from the person’s backyard.

  7. We have our family over so the kids can swim with their cousins and at night we ride our bikes downtown to watch the fireworks display.

  8. We usually have a cookout with family. We then go see fireworks; ) thanks for the chance!

    Jmatek AT wi DOT rr DOT com

  9. we usually swim with the family, celebrate at a local park and end the night with fireworks!

  10. We have a 4th of July parade at our cottage community, all of the kids decorate themselves and bikes.

  11. We do different things every year. Sometimes we go to a baseball game, go camping, see fireworks, attend the rodeo…it varies from year to year.

  12. We usually go to my cousin’s house and have a family get-together. They have a nice pool and we set off fireworks in the street after having a nice barque.

  13. Lots of stars and stripes baking and arts and crafts! It’s such a fun craft “holiday”

  14. We go to the park for our town’s local fireworks event. They have games, carnival rides, food vendors and a fireworks show.

  15. We spend the day with the grandparents at our house, have a bbq, and watch the fireworks at night from the yard.

  16. I am working on The Fourth of July. I work with developmentally disabled individuals, and I get to take one of them to see the fireworks It will be fun!

  17. Our 4th of July weekend is always fun! For 29 years now, we host a big crab feast for all our friends & family! It has really changed from a big singles party to a family event with kids & parents everywhere! Always a great time!

  18. I always take my two little ones up camping and fishing at the lake,we roast hot dogs and make s’mores.they get to take a friend of their choice also.We always have a great time on the 4th of july

  19. We celebrate in the mornings by taking the kids to the parade and then we have friends and family over for a bbq and lots of water activities to keep them cool and happy and then we go to the fireworks show at the lake!

  20. The day is usually spent at the pool. We’ll probably grill something for dinner and then fireworks after the sun goes down 🙂 Sounds like a perfect summer day to me!

  21. We like to have a barbecue and then finish the evening watching the huge fireworks display at the local ball park.

  22. No children here but, when I was a kid, we always had a cookout at our house with friends and then went to the fireworks locally.

  23. Our local Indian casino has fireworks on the 3rd, so we start there. On the 4th it’s a pool party at the inlaws during the day, then off to my brothers at dusk because his house has a great view of the local rec center fireworks.

  24. No kids. We have a BBQ and then go watch the fireworks.
    Thanks for the contest.

    slehan at juno dot com

  25. I celebrate the 4th of July with my nephew by decorating a nice cake with all the red, white and blue frosting on top.

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