Ideas & Activities for Independence Day

Create and play a trivia game about interesting aspects of American history.
(There are trivia quizzes, as well as other ideas on

Download patriotic songs for your iPod/mp3 player to play at your barbeque.
Some ideas: God Bless America, America the Beautiful, This Land is My Land, America Will Always Stand by Randy Travis, This Ragged Old Flag by Johnny Cash, You’re A Grand Old Flag, Marine Hymn, Star and Stripes Forever and other marches by John Phillip Sousa, Off We Go Into the Wild Blue Yonder, and of course The Star Spangled Banner

The whole family can decorate white t-shirts with red and blue fabric paint to wear to a parade or the fireworks.

Let children safely make fire-cracker type noises by popping the bubbles in strips of bubble wrap with big bubbles.

Accept the challenge of eating as many red, white, & blue foods as possible~ Try blueberries, watermelon, apples, cherries, jello, popcorn, and marshmallows.

Make cupcakes using Pillsbury’s Stars & Stripes cake mix and Funfetti Frosting.

Children can decorate with drawings of flags from different times in American history or create their own designs for new flags or symbols to represent America.

Have your own Fourth of July parade on your block. Provide flags and crepe paper, balloons, foil ribbon, stars, etc. for kids to use in decorating their trikes & bikes and wagons. Have your parade marshal carry a boom box playing marching music and give walkers rhythm band instruments to keep time. Kick off the parade or celebrate the end of it with refreshments. You might want to expand the parade into a block party complete with games, contests, and a cook-out.