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32 4th of July Party Ideas

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The 4th of July is just around the corner, and it’s time to start planning your Independence Day celebrations! Whether you’re throwing a big backyard barbecue, hosting a pool party, or gathering with friends and family, we’ve got you covered with 32 fun and festive party ideas.

From delicious red, white, and blue recipes to patriotic decorations and outdoor games, this comprehensive list has everything you need to make your 4th of July bash a huge success. So grab your sparklers and get ready to celebrate in style!


4th of July Party Ideas

4th of July Decorations

4th of July party decorations do not need to be expensive. Paper banners and balloons in red, white and blue are inexpensive 4th of July party decorations.

Our Patriotic Patio featuring a seating, tablescape and beverage station.

patriotic beverage station with patriotic bunting, patriotic banners, white and red 3 tier tray with popcorn, striped platter, red striped tablecloth, American Sign

Shop our 4th of July patio here. 

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American Hamburger Bar and Decor at Talk of the House

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Mason Jar Flag Display at A Diamond in the Stuff


Patriotic Pallet Sign at Blooming Homestead


Fourth of July Flowers at The Casual Craftlete

4th of July decorating ideas using banners hung on windows or a deck are the perfect decoration to show your patriotism. We purchased 2 sets of 2×4 flag banners here on Amazon and hung them from our new deck at our lake house.


If you have been following the lake house remodel, you have not seen this new deck or siding yet! This is a sneak peak :). Click through this post, “our New Hampshire lake house project” to see the tour.


Party Printables for July 4th at Lemonade Moments

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Easy DIY Bandana Tablecloth at The Gracious Wife

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Independence Day Liberty Art at The Happy Scraps


DIY Vintage Americana Party at Lia Griffith


Homemade Patriotic Party Lights at My Anything and Everything

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July 4th Mini Star Garland at Hawthorne & Main

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Stars and Stripes Serving Pieces at Infarrantly Creative

4th of July Party Food Ideas

Food for the 4th of July party can be so much fun to create ! Don’t be afraid to use the food as decorations too! Colorful baked goods, jello shots and fruit in red, white and blue colors are all great decorative items for tabletops.

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Ombre Independence Day Cake at Brit & Co.

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4th of July food featuring red, white and blue look festive and can really add a pop of color to table or buffet.

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Red, White, & Blue Fruit Skewers at Skinny Taste


American Flag Snack Tray at Made to Be a Momma

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Red, White, & Blue Pinwheel Cookies at Just a Taste

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4th of July S’mores Bar at Dukes & Duchesses


Firecracker Popcorn at The Nerd’s Wife

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Red Velvet Brownie Starts at I Should Be Mopping the Floor

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Kid Friendly Flag Drink at The Girl Creative

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Independence Day Soda Bar at Let’s Dish

4th of July Party Games

  1. Patriotic Trivia or Board Games: Create a list of questions about American history, famous American landmarks, and 4th of July traditions. Divide the guests into teams and see who can answer the most questions correctly.
  2. Water Balloon Toss: Fill up a bunch of water balloons and have two players stand across from each other. They will toss the water balloon back and forth, taking a step back each time. The last team with an unbroken balloon wins.
  3. American Flag Relay Race: Divide players into two teams and have them race to complete a relay course while carrying an American flag. The first team to cross the finish line wins.
  4. Patriotic Scavenger Hunt: Hide various patriotic items around your yard or party area and provide guests with a list of clues to help them find them. The first person or team to find all of the items wins.
  5. Firework Ring Toss: Create a game by setting up a board with different sized hooks attached. Have players try to toss plastic rings onto the hooks. Give each hook a different point value and the person with the highest score at the end of the game wins.

Here are a handful of additional game ideas that will definitely be a hit at your party for both kids and adults:

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Fourth of July Kids’ Printables at 30 Handmade Days

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Star Spangled Slime at I Can Teach My Child

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Our 4th of July Corn Hole game 

Lawn games like our 4th of July corn hole is a fun game and also serves as a decoration. Family and friends will love this activity! You can find patriotic corn hole games here! 

You can find patriotic corn hole games here to purchase

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Sparkle Bottles for the Fourth at Things to Share and Remember

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Patriotic Parade Wand from Quirky Inspired

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Popsicle Stick Flag Craft at A Pumpkin and a Princess


Fourth of July Water Blog for Kids at Club Chica Circle

32 Ideas for Throwing The Best Fourth of July Party – Phew, that was some amazing stuff wasn’t it? Every fourth of July party ideas are right here for your picking.

Pick one or two and run with it! If you are looking for more patriotic ideas, be sure to see my post featuring how to setup your patio or see how we decorated our front door for the 4th of July last year! 

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  1. Thank you so much for including me in your amazing line up! So many great ideas, you have my wheels turning. 🙂
    Enjoy your weekend!

  2. Melanie Ferguson says:

    thanks for the great ideas and free printables for our July 4 celebration at home.

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