Independence Day, like all things, is looking a little different this year. Families won't be attending parades, town festivals or big barbecues. Kids won't stay up way past bedtime to watch their hometown fireworks display.
This year, families will celebrate at home. We've rounded up a few fun ideas to make your at-home Fourth of July fun and festive. Read on for food and craft ideas to make your your Fourth fantastic.
1. Painted lawn stars
Decorate your outdoor space by adding glitz to the grass! Check out this fun and easy tutorial from The Concrete Cottage blog for spray painting stars on your lawn. Not only will the stars stick around until you mow, but it’ll also be the easiest decorating you’ll do this summer!
2. Patriotic lanterns
DIY lanterns from Thrifty Decor Chick work equally well for indoors or out, and day or night! This is a super-easy project that the kids can help create. Use battery-operated LED tea lights for added safety — then let your lights shine!
3. Firecracker dogs
Serve up traditional hot dogs with a twist! These firecracker dogs on a stick will make a fun and delicious centerpiece for the table. Just follow Angela’s easy recipe from the Handmade in the Heartland blog and be the coolest parent on the block!
4. Fruity sparklers
With all of the chips and sweets at the cook-out, you’ll want to balance out the table with some fruit. These star-shaped watermelon and blueberry sparkler snacks from This Healthy Table blog will entice even the most reluctant fruit-eaters!
5. Red, white and blue poke cake
Poke cake is always a crowd-pleaser and this recipe from the Spend With Pennies blog uses red and blue Jello to make it Fourth-of-July fantastic. The Jello keeps the cake moist and whipped cream topping makes it perfect for a summer gathering.
6. Ribbon wands
Kids will love twirling these red, white and blue ribbon wands around your neighborhood, in the backyard or just around the house! Follow the simple tutorial on She Saved and consider adding some glittery ribbon to the wand for extra pizzazz. These are also perfect to give little ones who are too young for sparklers.
7. Red, white and blue beverages
Why not add red, white and blue to the beverages at your family party? Check out the recipe from the Shaken Together Life blog. Mold the Jello cubes ahead of time and add to your favorite lemon-lime soda or water to keep drinks cold. These won’t melt and kids will love eating the Jello after they finish their drinks!
8. DIY coasters
For a craft that you can use at an Independence Day celebration and throughout the summer, try these Perler Bead coasters. Use a star or circle board and red, white and blue beads to create patriotic designs. Check out the tutorial at the Merriment Design blog.
Editor’s note: This article was originally published in 2018, and updated in June 2020.