4th of July Activities for Kids

July 4th is nearly here! It’s time to send out those 4th of july party invitations and get ready to gather your family and friends together for a day of fun, food and festivities. If your celebration has kids on the guest list, make sure they will have plenty to do in between all the food and fireworks. Our party experts have provided a few 4th of July activities for kids that should keep them smiling the whole day long.

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4th of July Activities & Games

Sidewalk Chalk. Don’t underestimate the power of this simple tool! So many things can be created with the side walk chalk from hopscotch to foursquare to shuffle board! You can create any number of game boards with a little sidewalk chalk. For older kids, have a drawing contest. See who can make the best patriotic design.

Relay Races. Kids will love the challenge of a relay race. You can tailor it to the age group of the kids. One idea is to set up buckets of sand with small American flags in them. Each team gets two buckets – one filled with sand and small flags, the other just filled with sand. The goal is for each team to transplant the flags into the other bucket. The first player runs down to the flags then marches or walks quickly with the flag, puts it in the other bucket and tags the next player. You could also use pinwheels instead of flags.

Balloon Toss. Kids love water balloons and especially love throwing them. Partner everyone up and give the teams one balloon to toss. The partners start close together and after every successful toss, then take a step away from each other. The last two with a balloon intact win! Use the remainder of the balloons for a good old fashion water balloon fight!

Twister. Bring the twister board outside! Kids and adults will love this game of balance and skill! Kids will get lots of laughs seeing Aunt Matilda tangled and twisted!

Fireworks Wand. This is a great craft idea for little ones who can’t get too close to the real deal. Get small dowels for each guest and loads of curling ribbon. Get ribbon in red, white, blue, silver, gold and any other festive color you like. Cut long strand or ribbon for the wands. Each wand should have at least 10 pieces of ribbon. Then staple all the ribbon together at one end so the it trails in one bunch. Tie ribbons onto on end of the dowel. Help kids curl long pieces of ribbon. You’ll be left with a fun fireworks wand that the kids can wave and twirl all night long.

Bubbles. Invite your young guests to bring their favorite bubble wand or toy. With an array of bubble making tools, the kids will have fun trying new ways to make bubbles. Have a bubble making contest. Who can make the biggest bubble, the smallest, the most etc.

For other great 4th of July activities and ideas that won’t break the bank, check out these budget-friendly ideas.

Happy 4th of July!

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