25 Fun Ways to Celebrate the Fourth of July At Home 

Trista - July 3, 2020
Put American flags or red, white, and blue streamers on your bike to give it a fun look. Shutterstock.

Take a Family Bike Ride

If every member of your family has a bike or you have a way to carry the younger children on your bike, get some exercise and go for a bike ride. You can go around town or go to an area that you think is fun and can have a good time, such as a park or out in the country by a small lake to relax for a bit.

You can even make it a little fun by decorating each bike in red, white, and blue to bring some of the holiday spirit into the bike ride. Your children can even pretend that they’re in a Fourth of July parade. If you’re having a BBQ in your backyard, go on the ride before eating so you can work up an appetite.

Teach your children how to play instruments and have a jam session or concert to show off their skills. Shutterstock.

Put on a Family Concert

Think back to the Partridge Family and how they were a family band. You can do the same thing – just without all of the touring. You can build your stage in the backyard or just set up an area where your kids and the family can perform.

Let your children pick some of their favorite songs and grab some instruments you have around the house. You can also look online on how to make drums or anything else to make noise. Then, play music and have a jam session. Your children can put on a concert for you, or you can invite a few friends and family members to have a concert while distancing from each other.

You can dive into your creative baking side and try to make a red, white, and blue American flag cake. Shutterstock.

Bake Red, White, and Blue Treats

Did your children like to make the popsicles and now want to continue baking? If so, there are many treats that you can make that are Fourth of July themed by adding red, white, or blue food coloring.

You can make an Independence Day cake or cupcakes to have for dessert. You can make a salad that focuses on fruits that are red and blue. Of course, the white can because yummy cool whip to mix in or add on top. You can also create lemonade or other drinks to add to a delicious backyard BBQ.

Whether it’s just you and your animal companion, spouse, or family, you can spend time in nature. Shutterstock.

Go for a Walk

Unless you state says otherwise, you don’t need to stay home the whole Fourth of July weekend. You can go for a walk or find a hiking trail and spend a day in nature. You might need to travel a bit and maybe find an open park, or you could just go for a hike in your own backyard, especially if you have a wooded area to explore.

You can even create a game during the walk to keep your kids occupied. For example, you can ask them to collect times that they’ll see on their hike, such as leaves and rocks that they can use to create a craft when they come home.

Your children can even look into making an Independence Day rocket. Shutterstock.

Spend Time Doing Crafts

You can walk around your home to see what type of crafts you can come up with. You might find that you can make musical instruments or find some old pots for plants. You can then paint them red, white, and blue and get flowers to add to them. You can make your own Fourth of July plants by getting flowers that are the same colors. It’s also possible to find decorations, such as small American flags or other items to show off your patriotic side.

The key is to try to find items that you can turn into a craft around your home. It will help you cut down on waste and show your children how they can start recycling.

Your children can help you make one of the most substantial meals you’ve ever made for your family. Shutterstock.

Make a Dinner Fit for the Founding Fathers

It’s Independence Day, and that calls for a special meal. You can decide to order some pizzas to make it quick, or you can turn to your cookbook and see what you can come up with. You can also find foods that the Founding Fathers would have eaten during the 1770s.

It might mean a trip to the store, but you can also let your children dress up like it’s that period. You can also take this time to talk to them about the historical significance of the Fourth of July while you’re eating. You might even think, “If the Founding Fathers were alive today and coming over, what would I make them?”

Have your children come up with their own fun outdoor (or indoor, if necessary) activities. Shutterstock.

Relax in Nature

You will want to take breaks inside to cool off or head to the pool if it’s hot, but as long as you’re not being forced inside because of the rain or a thunderstorm, you can spend your day outside doing a lot of various and fun activities.

You can bring your family for a walk, bike ride, play basketball or many other games. You can even decide to host a family fun Independence Day movie event. The possibilities are endless and depend on your creativity. Of course, if it’s heavily raining or dangerous to be outside, you can always bring many of these activities into your home.

Surprise your children with a small pool party by inviting grandparents and cousins. Shutterstock.

Throw a Pool Party

It’s possible for many states to have small get-togethers, whether it’s with under ten people or more. The key is to know your limits to ensure that you’re following the law. With this said, there is nothing in the books that states you can’t invite people for the Independence Day Weekend.

You just want to have people come over whom you know well and who are healthy. You also want to make sure that all members of your household are healthy. You might invite grandparents, parents, aunts, uncles, friends, or neighbors.

You never know what type of fireworks show you will get from your community. Shutterstock.

Notice Any Fireworks

It’s always possible that you will see fireworks from someone else’s house or through a community show. You might be able to view them in your backyard. If you start to see someone else setting off fireworks, take your children outside and watch them like you would if they were right in your yard.

Even if you don’t directly know who is setting off the fireworks, it’s okay to watch. It happens more than you think during the Fourth of July weekend, and for at least a week after the actual date. Who knows, you might be viewing fireworks for several nights in a row!

If you live close to a lake, you might be able to go camping in that area with your family to get some lake time. Shutterstock.

Light a Campfire

Another way to celebrate Independence Day at home is to have a campfire. Once it starts to get dark, start the fire and find some sticks to roast some marshmallows. You can then make S’ mores with the kids and tell silly and scary stories. Of course, you’ll want to keep these stories age-appropriate. You can always tell the more frightening stories after the youngest children go to bed.

It’s also possible to invite a few friends over for the fire. You don’t need many people to have a good time. For instance, you might see your neighbors come out and invite them over for a bit.

Your children might want to have a bit more color into their room or even have a few potted plants. Shutterstock.

Help Your Children Change Their Room

Do you have a child or a couple that wants to change their room? They might be getting a bit too big for all the toys they have, or they want their walls painted a different color. They might also have an idea of how they can rearrange and decorate their bedroom.

If this sounds familiar, take this Independence Day weekend and make it unique for your children. They might be feeling like they’re missing out on much fun that they usually have during this time, so doing something special for them will help brighten up their Fourth of July weekend.

Allow your kids to pick the activity, even if it’s blowing bubbles. Shutterstock.

Let Your Children Be the Independent Guides

It’s Independence Day weekend, so it’s time to do something fun, especially after the last few months. One way to do this is by letting your children decide what home activities they can do. You can do this by giving them a list and telling them to pick their favorite activity. You’ll then spend your day doing what they request, giving each child a turn.

You don’t have to do any of those crazy 24-hour challenges, but playing some silly games with your kids will make them happy. Even if it is for 30 minutes, you both will appreciate the time you spent together. Of course, you can always have a special treat at the end to give them a bigger surprise. Welcome to the cool parent club!

If your kids want to dress up as superheroes, then you’ll dress up as superheroes. Shutterstock.

The Key Is to Have Fun

No matter what you decide to do during the Independence Day weekend, the key is to have fun. Get the whole family involved and complete activities from this list or come up with a few of your own.

You might want to focus on a few that you’ve never done before, such as have a hot dog eating contest or even a pie-eating match.


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