100 July 4th Ideas, Games, and Activities for an Epic Independence Day

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There are endless ways to celebrate July 4th, and this curated list of games, activities, and ideas is the perfect place to start. No matter where you plan to celebrate and who’s invited, use these ideas to plan a truly amazing celebration that everyone will enjoy.

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If you head to the bottom of the article, you’ll find the download link for this list as a printable. Use it as a planner, and pick and choose ideas to plan a fun-filled celebration.

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I plan to add a food ideas list in the very near future, so be sure to stay tuned. For now, let’s get into this big list of ideas and activities for both kids and adults.

Backyard Ideas

If you’re hosting, your garden or backyard can be the perfect space for a day or weekend of joy and celebration. Especially if the weather is nice, try some of these ideas.

  • Backyard Grill with Red, White, and Blue Foods
  • Evening Fireworks Show
  • Team Relay Slip and Slide
  • Patriotic Movie Outdoor Cinema
  • Hire a Rock ’n’ Roll Cover Band
  • Country Music Acoustic Sing-a-Long
  • Scavenger Hunt
  • Chalk Paint Lawn Art – Get Drone Footage
  • All-Day Team Lawn Games Competition
  • Backyard Water Party and Games

At-Home or Indoor

If you don’t have a garden, the weather isn’t great, or you just want to be inside, there are plenty of ideas here to entertain friends and family.

  • American Karaoke Contest
  • Costumes and Photo Booth
  • Bake-Off Competition
  • July 4th Bingo
  • Trivia Competition
  • Classy Sit-Down Dinner and Board Games
  • Pizza and Patriotic Movie Marathon
  • Pie or Hot Dog Eating Contest
  • American Idol-Themed Pictionary or Charades
  • Generational Photo Shoot

July 4th Decor

Decorate your home with some of these beautiful and American-themed decor ideas.

  • American Flag Painted Plant Pots
  • Front Door Wreath
  • Summer Flower Baskets with Flags
  • Stars and Stripes Table Runner
  • Red, White, and Blue Paper Pom Poms
  • American Flag Bunting
  • Mason Jars with Red and Blue Mocktails, Candies, or Juices
  • Starry Napkins
  • Tie-Dye or American Flag Pillow Covers
  • Hanging Flags

Kids Crafts

July 4th is the perfect time to get the kids being creative. Plus, it’ll give them lots of things to do during the festivities. Here’s some great craft ideas the kids will have fun doing.

  • DIY Star Spangled Slime
  • Flag or Star Bunting
  • Uncle Sam Hat Headbands
  • Tie-Dye T-Shirts
  • Finger Painting or Paint Splatter Fireworks
  • Cardboard Cylinder Rockets
  • Captain America Shields
  • Pinwheels
  • Wreath Making
  • Egg or Pebble Painting

Activities for Kids

Alongside crafts, there are lots of other activities you can do for the kids. Here are some to get you started.

  • Stars and Stripes Face Painting
  • Bouncy Castle Hire
  • Bike Decorating and Parade Ride Contest
  • At-Home Science Experiments and Photograph Results
  • Backyard Camping
  • Name Writing with Sparklers and Slow Shutter Speed Photography
  • Make Popsicles
  • Backyard Water Fight
  • Band Performance (for kids who play an instrument)
  • American-Themed Coloring and Wordsearch Pages

Kids Games

Especially if you have your hands full, games can keep the kids entertained for hours. Some of these will require equipment, and others you can DIY – you can even get your kids involved with making these games.

  • DIY Shiskaball Ball-Drop Cylinder
  • Water Balloon Toss
  • Bottle Ring Toss
  • Capture the American Flag/Flag Hunt
  • Backyard Softball
  • Backyard or Neighbourhood Treasure Hunt
  • Cornhole
  • Backyard Bowling with Painted Bottles
  • Giant Tic-Tac-Toe
  • DIY Obstacle Course

Activities and Games for the Adults

Of course, all the adults at your party can get involved with all the kids’ games and activities. However, if you’re just hosting adults, or you want some things for them to do, try some of these. Some you can do at home, and others can be an afternoon or day out before they come back to the house to celebrate.

  • Tug-of-War
  • Berry Picking and Bake a Pie
  • Hula Hoop Contest
  • Pet Dress-Up Fashion Contest
  • American-Themed Mani/Pedi
  • Fishing Afternoon
  • Old-School Backyard Sports Day
  • Craft Beer or Wine Tasting
  • Backyard Games Competition (e.g. Giant Jenga, Twister)
  • Football Toss (in the Backyard, at the Beach, or a Park)

Party Themes

You can give your July 4th party a theme for even more fun and photo opportunities. Some of these could make for some incredible costumes and food ideas – prizes for the best!

  • American Superheroes
  • Potluck
  • American Sports
  • Red, White, and Blue
  • Carnival
  • Beach/Surfin’ USA
  • Vintage/Historic
  • Hats (e.g. Uncle Sam, Statue of Liberty)
  • Represent a US State
  • Famous Americans (Anything from Presidents to Celebrities)

Places to Go for July 4th

Don’t want to host, or stay local? Why not go away for July 4th with the family, your partner, or some friends? There are July 4th celebrations across the country, and some of these ideas can make for a magical day or weekend away.

  • Trip to Town with Parade
  • Historic-Themed Town Stay
  • Macy’s New York
  • Outdoor Concert
  • Amusement Park
  • National Park Camping Weekend
  • Baseball/Softball Game and Picnic at Large Park/Field
  • Fireworks with a View e.g. Colorado Springs
  • Small Town Stay with Rodeo and Fireworks
  • Beach or Lakeside Cabin Retreat

Ideas for the Community

Independence Day is a chance to show gratitude, get involved with your community, and give back. Try some of these ideas.

  • Send a Care Package to Service Men and Women
  • Neighborhood Block Party
  • Community Picnic
  • Volunteer at a Shelter
  • Food Drive

Virtual Ideas

Get friends and family from a distance involved online. Set up a Zoom or video call, and incorporate some of these ideas into your schedule.

  • Virtual Trivia, Charades, and Other Games
  • Virtual American-Themed Karaoke
  • Watch Live Streams of Parades and Fireworks
  • Cook-a-Long
  • Virtual Cocktails/Drinks Hour

Yes, there are a lot of ideas there to take in! So if you want them all in one place, get the list below.

Get it here
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Remember, this is your July 4th celebration. Plan it based on what it means to you. But for when you need some inspiration, this curated list is a great place to start.

I would love to know what you did for July 4th. Did you get inspired by any of these ideas or games? Did the family love them? Let me know in the comments!

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And don’t forget to save this list to one of your planning or July 4th boards. That way, you’ll always be able to easily find it when you need ideas.

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