Summer is barbecue season, and what better occasion for a backyard party than Independence Day complete with Fourth of July party games! Deck out your yard with all things red, white, and blue and celebrate the historic day that our nation officially came to be. Take your 4th of July picnic to the next level with these fun and patriotic activities that are fun for children and adults alike.
With founding father Alexander Hamilton in the nation’s spotlight, what better way to celebrate America’s heros than with a costume contest! Ask guests to come dressed in their favorite patriotic attire or as one of their favorite famous Americans. Hand out prizes based on patriotism and creativity!
Fill a large jar or fishbowl with red, white, and blue candies and challenge guests to guess how many are in the bowl! Put a pen and small slips of paper, as well as an empty basket or box, beside the bowl to have guests secretly cast their names and guesses. The prize is simple – the winner gets to take home the whole jar of goodies!
Nothing is more fitting for Independence Day than “America’s favorite pastime!” When looking for Fourth of July party games, look no further. Play a round of good old fashioned baseball or try adding a splash by pitching a few water balloons! Get into the spirit by serving hot dogs and peanuts to spectators.Deck out your yard with all things red, white, and blue and celebrate with these 4th of July party games! Click To Tweet
Perhaps you’ve done this one before at your childhood block parties or local parades. Provide streamers, flags, bike spoke beads, and any other Independence Day decorations you can find so kids can go to town on their bikes! Try making it a competition!
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Create a bingo board with typical 4th of July barbeque objects such as an American flag, a grill, or fireworks! Have children race around to see who can spot five in a row the fastest! Give small prizes to the winner to up the ante. This festive spin on a classic game is perfect for indoor or outdoor fun!
Both a craft and a game! Provide safety scissors, glue, star cutouts, red, white, and blue construction paper, cotton balls, glitter and tape to have guests create their own spin on Uncle Sam’s famous hat. When everyone is finished, have a fashion show of hats and let other party-goers choose a winner! Not to mention that this fun activity is a perfect 4th of July photo-op!
Everyone’s favorite gym class game! One team must capture the other team’s flag and bring it back to their territory to win. If a player is tagged by someone from the opposing team, they have to go to jail. Players can only get freed from jail if one of their own team-members tags them. Turn on the patriotism by making one flag blue and the other red!
How much do you remember from Social Studies class? Have your guests try their hand at trivia! Compile facts about U.S. History and divide your guests evenly into teams. Have them write their answers on dry erase boards.
Put a “You win!” note inside deflated red, white, and blue balloons. Blow up the balloons and scatter them around the party zone. Have party guests jump around and pop the balloons to find out if they win a super secret prize!
What are your favorite 4th of July activities? Does your child prefer crafts or games? Leave a comment below!