Activities for the 4th of July
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4th of July Activities

4th of July is right around the corner. If you’re not sure how you want to celebrate, then that’s okay. I’ve compiled a list of fun and kid friendly activities that you can (and should) give a try for this Fourth of July. So, sit back and relax, because here are six activities you can do for this 4th of July.


All right, this is a little bit of a cop out. I can’t leave fireworks off this list though. Depending on how old your kiddos are, you can have them hold those Sparklers and throw Pop-Its. It’s also really cool to look at fireworks going off. You could simply watch them on television as well. Really, the choice is yours.

Themed Treats

Get in the kitchen and bake some cookies or cupcakes. You can frost them festive colors and add sprinkles. You don’t even have to make sugared treats. Make parfaits with blueberries and raspberries (or strawberries). Make your own red, white, and blue Popsicles. Make some red, white, and blue fruit kebabs. Just divvy up the work (the kids getting the easier tasks, of course) and spend some family time in the kitchen.


A very easy and fun activity. You’ve got some options here. You can fill water balloons up and just have fun outside with them. See how many water balloons you can carry before you start dropping them or see how much water you can fit into one. The winner getting some extra treats or fireworks. You can even just throw them at one another. A nice, classic water balloon battle.

However, you have the option to also get a little bit fancy with your balloons. If you’re getting fancy, then get some balloons (any colors will do) and some confetti. Fill the balloons with confetti, fill them with air, and when you’re ready, pop them! Voila. Balloon fireworks.

Arts and Crafts

Honestly, there are so many arts and crafts you can do. My favorite is using your hand print. Do you remember drawing “turkeys” in school? You’d trace your hand and decorate it like a turkey. Do something like that for this holiday! Get some red, white, and blue paint (of course), then paint your hand however you like, and put it on a piece of paper. If you don’t want to use paint, you can outline your hand print and color it instead. Bonus with that one, it’s probably easier to make the traced hand print into a flag.

Print out some outlines of flags, the country, and other festive things (fireworks, the Statue of Liberty, etc.) then color those in. Create your own flags with strips of paper or even pipe cleaners!

The sky is the limit. You can really do whatever pops into your head. It’s super easy to put a festive twist on it.

Let me know what some of your favorite arts and crafts activities are!

Learning Activities

Help your kiddos learn about some awesome facts about the 4th of July and why it’s celebrated! Turn it into a game! You can do a scavenger hunt around the house (or around town if you’re feeling adventurous) with clues relating to the holiday. Think National Treasure, minus stealing the Declaration of Independence and Nicholas Cage.

Each clue should lead to an answer with another clue (or question). You can do each question/clue with multiple choice answers too, to make it a little bit easier.

This activity is a great way to get you moving around and will also help you learn some new things!

Have a Picnic

I don’t know why this feels like the 4th of July to me. There’s just something about sitting outside with some food and family/friends that feels patriotic. Gather up some food, put it in a basket (cooler, whatever), and go to the park.

You can let the kids run around and play on the playground, even partake in a game of tag, and then all have a bite to eat.

You can even do a barbecue if you want. It’s up to you. My cooking is simply not good enough for something other than sandwiches and snacks. So I’m pretty limited here.

So, there you have it, six activities you can do with your kids this 4th of July. These activities can be as simple or as complex as you like! It all depends on what you and your kids are capable of! If you can help your kids make some crazy artwork, or bake something super creative, then go for it! If you can only use star shaped cookie cutters and color within the lines (on a good day), then that’s okay too! Remember to just have fun with whatever it is you do decide to do.

How do you plan on spending your 4th of July? Are there any activities that you swear by? Let me know in the comment section below!

8 thoughts on “4th of July Activities”

  1. We have always been for fireworks in my house, though recently we have been enjoying running around with sparklers and morning glories.I love your idea for a picnic, especially if it is packed full of hotdogs, barbecue, and potato salad!

    Happy 4th of July!

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