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8 Super-Easy Party Ideas for the Fourth of July

Red, white and blue treats and decorations to make with kids

Published on: June 16, 2023

little boy with july 4th sparkler

Independence Day will be here before we know it. While it can be exciting to head out and watch a big fireworks display, celebrating at home can be tons of fun too (not to mention quieter and less disruptive to early bedtimes). 

Read on for Fourth of July food and craft ideas to get everyone in the spirit this Independence Day. 

firecracker dogs
Photo credit: Firecracker dogs, Handmade in the Heartland

1. Painted lawn stars

Decorate your outdoor space by adding glitz to the grass!

Check out this fun and easy tutorial from A Heart Full of Joy 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 festive 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.

Watermelon and blueberry fruity-sparklers
Photo credit: Fruity sparklers, This healthy table

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 several years ago, and updated in most recently in 2023.

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