4th Of July Party Ideas


4th of July Party Ideas & Decorations

1) Decorate with a patriotic theme. Use red, white and blue tableware, tablecloths etc.

2) Scatter star confettie on your tables.

3) Make flag bouquets for your centerpieces.

  1. You will need a flower pot, sand, pinwheels and flags of different sizes.
  2. Put the sand in the flower pots and arrange the flags and pinwheels in the sand to create a bouquet.
  3. Use colored sand for a unique twist.

4) Display jars filled with red, white and blue candy such as jelly beans.

4th of July Party Ideas & Games

Flag Relay

  1. Divide the children into 2 teams. The children stand in a line with the first child holding an American flag.
  2. On cue, the first child from each team must run to a designated point and back to their team.
  3.  They then hand off their flag to the next player.
  4. All the children have a turn running and the team to finish first wins.

Chalk Art

  1. Provide the children with sidewalk chalk and encourage them to create a 4th of July picture such as an American flag, colorful fireworks or Lincoln's hat.


  1. There is nothing more American than baseball. To help avoid injury arrange a softball game instead of baseball.

Yankee Musical Chairs

  1. Play musical chairs but use Yankee Doodle Dandy as the song.

Capture the Flag

  1. You'll need to have a small flag for every child.
  2. Attach the flags to every child's clothing using masking tap.
  3. The object of the game is to capture as many flags as possible by taking the flags from the other children's clothing without getting your flag taken.
  4. The child with the most flags wins.

4th of July Party Ideas & Food

Barbecue - chicken, hamburgers, hot dogs

Potato Salad


Corn on the Cob


Apple pie

Red, white and blue Jell-O

4th of July Recipes

Flag Cake


1 9x13 white or yellow cake

4 cups of strawberries

2 cups of blueberries

Whipped topping or whipped cream(enough to cover the cake)


1) Remove the stems from the strawberries and blueberries. Cut the strawberries in half.

2) Spread the whipped topping over the cake (you can use white icing if you prefer).

3) In the top left hand corner of the frosted cake, arrange the blueberries into an outline of a rectangle that is 5 inches wide and 4 inches tall.

4) Fill in the rectangle by placing the blueberries in rows.

5) Place the strawberries (cut side down) in rows across the cake horizontally. Start the first row of strawberries at the bottom of the cake. Be sure to press the strawberries down into the frosting.

When presenting the cake add sparklers for a festive touch.


Berry Trifle


1 package instant vanilla pudding

4 cups fresh berries (strawberries, blueberries and raspberries), washed and stems removed, plus 1/2 cup berries for garnish

1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar

2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice

1 cup whipping cream

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

24 to 36 ladyfingers


1) Prepare the pudding according to the package directions and put in the refrigerator to chill.

2) Slice the strawberries then toss all of the berries with the lemon juice and the 1/4 cup of sugar. Set aside for 30 minutes to allow the berries to release their juices.

3) In a medium mixing bowl, whip the cream, vanilla extract, and remaining 2 tablespoons of sugar until soft peaks form. Set aside.

4) To make the layers, set a layer of ladyfingers on the bottom of a large, clear serving bowl. Top with the berries and then with half of the pudding. Add another layer of ladyfingers, another third of the berries and juice, and the rest of the pudding. Add a final layer of ladyfingers and berries. Top with the whipped cream and a berry garnish.

Refrigerate until ready to serve.


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