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Celebrating July 4th With Kids: Activities and Ideas for a Family-Friendly Independence Day

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Celebrate the Red, White and Blue with these family-friendly activities, crafts, and recipes! Whether you plan to host a cookout, attend a parade, or watch the fireworks from your own backyard, we have something for every kind of celebration. The ideas below are sure to add a little sparkle to an already exciting day.

Remember to salute our star-spangled flag and don't forget to tag your photos with our hashtag #WhereKidsPlay.

Patriotic French Toast Skewers from KidsRecipeBox.com
Photo Courtesy of KidsRecipeBox.com

Patriotic French Toast Skewers
Start off the Fourth with Patriotic French Toast Skewers from Kids Recipe Box. With this easy-to-follow recipe you'll turn making breakfast into a family affair! All you need are ingredients for French toast (the frozen kind works great), strawberries, blueberries, skewers, and a star-shaped cookie cutter. This fun morning activity might just become part of your family's 4th of July tradition!

Patriotic Family-Friendly Bike Ride for the 4th of July
Photo Courtesy of So Festive

Plan a Bike Parade
Plan a patriotic bike parade as seen on SoFestive.com and invite the whole neighborhood along! Let the kids decorate their bikes, scooters, and helmets with patriotic streamers, mini-flags, bows, bells and balloons! Even better, create a decoration station so everyone can decorate and design their bikes together. Kids of all ages will enjoy this fun, festive activity!

Mini Marching Drum
For younger kids eager to get in on the Independence Day action, there's ...drumroll... Mini Marching Drums from Parents.com! These cute little drums are easy to make. All you need is a coffee can, a Tyvek sheet or a mailing envelope, chopsticks, balloons, colored duct tape, and your choice of festive decorations. Your child will be marching to their own beat (literally) in no time.

Sweet & Salty Sparklers
Reward everyone's efforts with Sweet & Salty Sparklersa quick and simple treat from Parents.com. All you need are pretzel rods, white chocolate, sprinkles and M&M's. Melt the chocolate and drizzle it onto the pretzels. Then, have your kids help decorate the "sparklers." This delicious snack is the perfect combination of sweet and salty and will please any palate.

4th of July Confetti Popper
Photo Courtesy of Lanham Creations

4th of July Confetti Popper
You can't celebrate the 4th of July without a little confetti! For a fun and safe way to enjoy the day, create your own confetti poppers by Lanham Creations. All you need are toilet paper rolls, tissue paper, confetti, scissors, a hot glue gun, clear tape, and twine. In only a few minutes you'll have the perfect party poppers to celebrate the USA! Concerned about clean-up? Holidappy offers a step-by-step guide to make clean-up a breeze.

Create a Patriotic Playlist
Music is a must when throwing your Independence Day soiree, whether it's a barbecue, a bike parade, or just a family get-together. Check out this Patriotic Playlist from SoFestive.com to pick your favorite Independence Day-inspired tunes. These songs will get you in the spirit to salute the Red, White, and Blue!

4th of July Firecracker Hot Dog
Tired of classic barbecue-styled foods? Create these cute 4th of July Firecracker Hot Dogs from Handmade in the Heartland instead. To make these mouthwatering treats you'll need a can of breadstick dough, hot dogs, thick slices of Colby cheese and skewers. Adults and kids alike will enjoy this delicious twist on the classic American hot dog. Picky eaters, too!

Hot Dog Bar by The Country Chic Cottage 4th of July Decor
Photo Courtesy of The Country Chic Cottage

Hot Dog Bar
Spice up your barbecue or buffet with a toppings bar full of various condiments, sauces, relishes and more. For inspiration, explore this Hot Dog Bar set-up from The Country Chic Cottage. It even includes printables to make your barbecue extra patriotic! 

Stars and Stripes Bag Kite Craft
Create this fun Stars and Stripes Bag Kite from Fun Loving Families for your 4th of July party or just for fun!  This simple craft is easy to make and most of the supplies can be found in your craft bin. All you need is a blue paper bag, star stickers, red and white crepe streamers, and yarn or string. Once it's complete, let it soar or use it as Independence Day decor.

Flag Hunt Game
Grab some mini flags and a bucket and get ready to play this fun game with your kids! Flag Hunt from No Time for Flash Cards is the same concept as an Easter Egg Hunt, only this time you are hiding flags. Stick the flags in the ground all over the yard while the kids wait inside. (Make sure they don't peek!) Then call them out to find the flags. Have your kids compete against the clock instead of each other to find all the flags. After all the flags are found take some time to share the history of our flag and what the stars and stripes stand for, then play again! 

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