Few things say summer more than Independence Day. And while the holiday is widely celebrated across the U.S., this year it looks a little different. With most big events and firework shows being cancelled, parents have to get creative to still make the day entertaining and memorable for the kids.
Before the sun sets and the neighborhood lights up with at-home fireworks, check out these fun family activities you can do to celebrate the holiday!
The day isn't just about BBQ's and fireworks. Use this day to remind yourself and give your kids a lesson on the importance of the holiday and why it's celebrated.
Spend the Day at the Lake
Pack up a lunch and head out to your nearest lake. You can spend the day fishing, swimming and enjoying some time outside.
A fun way to spice up a Fourth of July backyard barbecue? A game of red, white and blue balloon darts. Simply paint a flag on a large piece of plywood, tape some red, white, & blue balloons on it, and toss some darts! You can even fill the balloons with fun little prizes for the kids, or turn it into a drinking game for adults by putting in little slips of paper with sayings like “take three drinks”, “pass a drink”, etc.
Whether your family is partaking in a bike parade of sorts or just wants to take a leisurely ride around the neighborhood, patriotically decorated bikes (and strollers!) is always a fun idea!
Water balloon dodge ball
Divide your group into two teams and fill up some red, white, and blue water balloons. If you get hit, you’re out. The last one standing wins!
Decorate Patriotic Cupcakes
Bake some red velvet cupcakes and let the kids have fun decorating them. Then serve them as a festive dessert after dinner!
Play Patriotic Bingo
A simple DIY game that will provide tons of fun by combining the games of Tic-Tac-Toe and Frisbee. Fun for all ages, and you can even add drinking game rules!
Simply grab a square tarp or large square blanket, Duct Tape (keep it patriotic by using red, white, & blue colors), and 10-12 frisbees (best grabbed from the dollar store) in 2 color sets of your choice (5 to 6 of each color).
Using the Duct Tape, make the grid on your blanket/tarp for a total of 9 squares, 3 x 3, and voila! You’re ready to toss your frisbees!
Organize a fun softball game at a local field or park with family and friends. Assign blue and red teams and request that members wear the appropriate colors. Pack a cooler with beverages, sandwiches and snacks, and let the games begin!
I hope everyone has a fun and safe Independence Day!