The Fourth of July is here! As everyone prepares for family barbecues or celebrations in honor of America’s birthday, you may be looking for activities to keep kids and guests entertained. We’ve compiled a list of fun activities for the entire family this Independence Day.
Arts & Crafts
Are you looking for something crafty to do? Show off your patriotism with these projects!
Food coloring rice decor
Take a bag of white rice and determine how much you will need to fill a glass jar. Take ⅔ of the rice and split it evenly between two resealable bags. Add food coloring and ¼ cup of vinegar to the rice to create red and blue rice. Pour the rice out onto a baking sheet and allow it to dry. Once dry, layer them in a glass jar along with the white rice to create cool decor!
Painted mason jars
Are you looking to create a centerpiece for your table? Do you want something fun to hold the utensils for your Independence Day barbecue? Painting mason jars can be a fun and festive way to add some red, white, and blue to your decor. You’ll need some mason jars, acrylic paint, clear enamel spray paint, and sandpaper. If you are interested in making stars, you’ll want a stamp or stencil. You should also consider using washi tape to create stripes. Once you’ve painted the jars as you like and the paint dries, add a coat of enamel spray paint. For a distressed look, use sandpaper.
Does your holiday cookout need some patriot flair? These fun and tasty treats are sure to win the approval of all of your guests.
Baking cookies can be a fun affair for the entire family! Kids will be eager to decorate star-shaped sugar cookies with frosting and sprinkles.
Creating a colorful and patriotic popcorn mix is super easy and sure to impress your guests! After popping some non-buttered popcorn, be sure to salt it if it is not already salted. Melt 3 tablespoons of butter in a saucepan and add 3 cups of mini marshmallows. Stir until everything is melted. Then pour most of the mixture on the popcorn. Mix until the popcorn is nice and covered. Put the popcorn onto a baking sheet and drizzle the remaining mixture over it without mixing it. Now you can add various red, white, and blue candy and sprinkles to the popcorn to give it a patriotic flair, such as M&Ms.
Marshmallow pops are another simple treat that are sure to spread joy during your Fourth of July festivities. Take a toothpick and skewer each marshmallow. Then dip them in water. Roll the marshmallow in either red, white, or blue sprinkles and allow them to dry. Then skewer one of each color together with a straw or stick.
White Chocolate Covered Strawberries
Another fun Fourth of July treat is white-chocolate covered strawberries. When melting white chocolate, be sure to use a lower temperature on your stove top or microwave so as to not burn it. If melting over a stove top, be sure to stir constantly to ensure that the chocolate melts evenly. Dip a strawberry into white chocolate, and then gently place them on a baking sheet. Add some red and blue sprinkles and put the strawberries in the refrigerator for a few minutes. It’s super easy to make!
Fun & Games
Do you want to pass the time with friends and family while you wait for the fireworks? These fun games and activities are sure to keep everyone busy!
Croquet is a simple yet fun game for all ages during the warm 4th of July weather. The game involves hitting a ball through small metal rings with a mallet. Whoever makes it through the course first wins. The game is sure to bring out your competitive side!
4th of July trivia
Are you looking for a simple game to play indoors? Show off your knowledge by playing trivia with family or friends! Questions can range from American history to American pop culture and everything in between.Throw in some prizes, and you’re all set.
Pie eating contest
Nothing is more American than apple pie. Why not celebrate that fact with a pie eating contest?
This popular lawn game is fun for all ages, and boards can be custom painted for the holiday. Cornhole is similar to horseshoes, where players throw small bags at a wooden platform with a hole at the far end. Your family and friends will have a blast playing the game, and painting your own boards can be a fun project all on its own.
Roasting marshmallows over a fire or grill is a fun evening activity. You can tell stories around the fire or watch the neighborhood fireworks, all while enjoying a tasty treat.
A Fourth of July-themed scavenger hunt is a great activity for kids that will keep them entertained! You can assign point values to items to reward those who search out hard-to-find items.
Go to a parade
One of the most popular ways to celebrate America’s independence is by watching a parade! Check if your area is having a 4th of July parade, and arrive early to get those front row seats.
Go to a firework show/watch fireworks
Of course, the most popular way to celebrate America’s birthday is with fireworks. Whether you plan on setting off fireworks of your own, or you just want to sit back and enjoy the show, watching fireworks is a fun way to spend the evening.
Many cities have elaborate displays with live music, food, games, and carnival rides that are sure to bring joy to everyone in attendance.
Have a fun and safe Fourth of July!