Games and Activities to Throw a Great 4th of July Party

Independence Day is a great time to hang out with friends and family, grill some food, and have tons of fun. Throwing a 4th of July party can be a great way to combine all of these things, and in addition to great food, a successful party also needs great party games for everyone to play. Here are a few ideas for Independence Day themed fun for all ages.

1. Pin the Hat on Uncle Sam

If you know how to play “pin the tail on the donkey,” you’ll know what type of game this is. Take some large pieces of construction paper, and fashion yourself a hatless version of the famous bearded icon of America, Uncle Sam. Then create a red, white and blue hat separately that can then be pinned on the old man. Tape Uncle Sam to a wall, and blindfold each player one at a time. Send them over to pin (or tape if you don’t want to risk ruining your wall) the hat on Uncle Sam as best they can without looking. For added fun, spin the contestant after blindfolding him or her. Just be sure to point them in the right direction afterward.

2. Photo Recreations of History

From the signing of the Declaration of Independence, to the Boston Tea Party, there are many historic moments in America’s history. Be creative and have your guests pose as if they were taking part in such historic events. You can look up artists’ depictions of said events, or recreate them from your imagination. Use props, costumes, or anything you can to complete the look. If that’s too much, just have each friend do their best impression of Ben Franklin or George Washington by creatively using whatever props are available. Take plenty of pictures that you can later send to your friends!

3. Roast Marshmallows: American Style

Roasting marshmallows on a grill or fire pit is a great way to have fun, socialize, and have a tasty treat all at the same time. Instead of roasting just plain old marshmallows, you’ll want to use food coloring to dye some of the marshmallows red and blue. Place one of each color on a stick or other roasting skewer, and you’re ready for toasting American’s independence with a toasty snack. You can get more creative by placing red and blue marshmallows on a piece of white chocolate. Add a graham cracker, and you have a unique twist on an old favorite.

4. Fireworks

While most states have restrictions on what kind of fireworks you can set off, a Fourth of July party just doesn’t seem complete without at least some kind of fireworks. Purchase sparklers, poppers, and whatever else you can legally get and take turns firing them off. Always use good judgment when handling fireworks around children, and follow all safety precautions to insure you and your guests do not get injured. If your area prohibits all fireworks, find out when your city sets off their public fireworks and huddle up and watch them together.

Hosting a great party can be easy with great food, fun games, and memorable stories. Don’t just follow these tips, though. Get creative and make your party truly unique. Also remember that what really makes a great party are the people you invite.

About the Author

Nicole Rodgers has been blogging for three years; she is constantly finding new ways to entertain her kids and her most recent success was to make funny t-shirts together. After running around with the kids all day, she also likes to spend a little time and money on herself by going out and buying designer eyeglasses.

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