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July 4th Party Games and Activities for Kids

You’re planning a July 4th party, picnic or BBQ. You’ve got the menu under control. But, what about the kids? You need games, crafts or something to keep them busy and entertained. Check out these fun-filled kids’ activities that are sure to be a hit at your next Independence Day bash. Obstacle Course Turn your yard into a pint-sized obstacle course. Set up and army crawl on ground, make a land slalom course that the kids have to run through or add a water feature (such as a wading pool to crawl through). Divide the kids into teams, have them...

Easy Red, White and Blue July 4th Desserts

Your Fourth of July party isn’t complete without a red, white and blue dessert. Don’t stress if you aren’t exactly a culinary genius. You can whip up any of these family-friendly ideas without much fuss. Get the kids to help, letting them measure and mix or do the prep work.   Gelatin Parfaits Make two batches of gelatin – one red (raspberry, cherry or strawberry) and one blue (blue raspberry). Instead of pouring the liquid gelatin into some sort of pan or mold, fill fancy wine glasses part of the way up. Chill the gelatin. When it’s set, top each...

Flag Felt Busy Bag for Kids

With both Flag Day and the Fourth of July coming up you may be looking for a patriotic kids’ craft. Your older kiddos are all about creating realistic looking flags, portraits of famous Americans and crafts that are kind of complex. But, what about your toddler or preschooler? Little kids don’t have to feel left out. This easy felt craft is perfect for little hands and can be completely reusable. That means you can pack it away (after your child is done with the artsy play) and use it again on Memorial Day or any day! Materials 1 8x10-inch craft...

Indoor Activities for Kids on July 4th

Happy Fourth of July! It’s Independence Day and you have a bountiful backyard barbeque scheduled. You’ve created ‘the’ grilling menu of the season and prepped games galore for the kiddos. There will be relay races, an obstacle course and 4th themed red, white and blue outdoor crafts. But, then it started to rain. Now, the entire holiday celebration is inside and you have a room full of kids to entertain. What can you do? Check out these easy indoor July 4th kids’ activities! No-Mess Art You could break out the paints and paper. But, you’ve got too many pint-sized guests...

Fourth of July Party Activities for Kids

It’s time for your Fourth of July celebration, and you still haven’t finalized the kids’ activity list. You have the meal planned, organized a fireworks watching extravaganza for all, but are still looking for something to keep the kids busy (at least until the fireflies come out). Check out these easy ideas for kids’ July 4th party games, crafts and more! Backyard bowling. Set up empty (and thoroughly washed) plastic bottles, bowling pin style. Grab a red, white and blue ball and bowl away. Use one your child’s rubber or kickball type of balls, and not a real bowling ball....

Fourth of July Family Party Recipes

Celebrating the Fourth of July means fun, fireworks and festive get-togethers. Whether you’re having a backyard barbeque with the family or inviting the whole neighborhood over for a holiday party, food planning and prep is key to your celebration. That said, you don’t have to go it alone when it comes to cooking for your guests. Check out these easy-to-make recipe ideas that the kids can help out with! Celebration Salad Washing veggies, tearing lettuce and mixing it all together is super-simple. Even kids as young as the preschool years can help out with this starter. Add in your own...

The Best July 4th Fireworks on the West Coast

It’s almost Independence Day and you’re looking for the best July 4th fireworks – on the West Coast! Where can you go to see these displays on the Fourth? You’ve already caught a glimpse of the major displays in Washington, D,C., NYC and Boston on TV or online (with the time difference, you got to see these hours before your own fireworks will actually start). Check out this list, featuring some of the nation’s best West Coast options. Los Angeles, California Keep in mind, there are several displays in and around the LA area. Depending on where you live (or...

Fourth of July Chilly Ice Play Ideas

Cool off on the Fourth of July with red, white and blue ice activities! Whether you’re looking for a patriotic art activity for the kids or you want to dress up your Independence Day party, these icy cold ideas will help everyone chill out and celebrate! Patriotic Paint Make your own kids’ paint using food coloring and water. Add a few drops of either blue or red coloring into an ice cube tray, fill with water and freeze. Leave a few empty (i.e., don’t add food coloring) compartments, making the clear cubes the white part of the red, white and...

July 4th Berry Treats

What better to make a red, white and blue treat than berries? Celebrating July 4th often means making patriotic themed dishes. Instead of loading up on fake food coloring, go natural and create a buffet of berry-infused beverages, tasty treats and other assorted Fourth of July snacks! Berry Cubes Ice isn’t exactly exciting. That said, you can dress up your drinks with berries. Drop a few blueberries and raspberries into your ice cube tray. Fill with water, and freeze. Put the frozen berry cubes into a water pitcher or add them to seltzer. Rice Cereal Treats Make the standard recipe...

The Best July 4th Fireworks on the East Coast

What’s America’s favorite thing to do on July 4th? Aside from the backyard barbecue, it’s watching fireworks on the Fourth! If you’re looking for some of the country’s best displays, check out these holiday events in the eastern U.S.A. New York, New York NYC’s famous Macy’s 4th of July display (it began in 1958) features fireworks set off from barges on the East River. Along with the fireworks, this event has famous faces and a star-studded line-up of performers. Boston, Massachusetts The iconic Boston Pops plays the backdrop to this July 4th celebration. Fireworks are set off over the Charles...