The Fourth of July is a wonderful time to honor our country, but it's also a prime opportunity to bond with family and friends outdoors. Take advantage of this spirited day and the summer sun by incorporating one of our fun ideas for 4th of July party games, races, contests, and activities.
For a festive and fun 4th of July game, send players on a scavenger hunt around the neighborhood or backyard. Include patriotic items on the list, such as red, white, and blue things; a nickel in honor of Thomas Jefferson, who drafted the Declaration of Independence; and mini American flags.
Set up a jumbo version of tic-tac-toe with a burlap square and bean bags. Perfect for the beach or the backyard, this simple game will keep little ones entertained as they wait for the fireworks to start. For added patriotic flair, outline the game board with red or blue duct tape.
Kids will have extra energy after visiting the desserts table, so help them burn it off with a fun game of red, white, and blue tag. Depending on the size of your group, designate two to four kids to be "it." Let all other players select a red, white, or blue token (think leis, ribbons, poker chips, etc.) to run around with. When "it" tags a player, the player hands over their token. The first "it" to collect an item in every color wins!
Spending the 4th of July on a beach? Celebrate by building sand castles. Mark your territory with red, white, and blue sand; American flags; colored shells; and more. Just make sure kids know to leave only natural items on the beach and bring everything else home.
A good old-fashioned race will inspire lots of fun and laughter. Here are some ideas to get you started.
Have the best-looking crew in the neighborhood by letting kids decorate their bikes before the big parade. Set out streamers, stickers, tinsel, garlands, and flags, then let kids go wild. Have an adult on hand to help attach decor—otherwise kids could get their fingers stuck in the bike chains.
Breathe new life into old soup cans with a few coats of red, white, and blue paint or strips of duct tape. Then set up decorated cans in pyramid form for a fun game of yard bowling! This DIY 4th of July game can be made for only a few dollars, but it will bring hours of fun to your party.
Inspire some friendly competition with these creative contests, and be sure to have patriotic prizes on hand for the winners.