Because of the Covid-19 pandemic, many traditional Fourth of July activities have been canceled, but that doesn’t mean we have to do without parades, decorations, games and family fun this year.
The Parents website has some truly amazing ideas on how to have an old-fashioned Fourth of July celebration right in your own backyard! Every idea comes with easy to follow directions and pictures.
Here are some of the activities I am going to do from this website.
- Straw-Spangled Wreath – All you need is the template you can print from their site and red and blue striped paper straws – couldn’t be easier!
- United We Stand – This is a rendition of a carnival game where you try to set a bottle upright using a ring and a string – a fun game for kids of all ages!
- Mini Marching Drum – You can have your own parade with these mini marching drums. Start saving your coffee cans so everyone in your family can make their own drum.
- Hats Off to American – Set up a hat-making station where everyone can design and make their own 4th of July hat out of an 18 0z. disposable cup and pom poms, sparkly pipe cleaners and anything else you have to make dynamite hats!
- Red, White and Blue Cool Cubes – Make up some batches of red, blue and white ice cubes. (The ones on this site were made with cranberry juice, Power Ade Mountain Berry Blast and water.) To serve, place cubes in separate buckets and let everyone make their own drinks by spritzing plain seltzer water on the cubes in their glasses. Beautiful and refreshing!
- Air Mail Ballots – How many “ballots” (heavy-duty plastic plates) can you throw through the “mail” slot in a cardboard box? A game for everyone!
- Rocket Toss – A fun carnival game you can make from recycled tin cans and homemade “rockets”. Super simple and sure to be a favorite family game.
- Bike Decoration Station – Everyone can have fun decorating their bikes for your family 4th of July parade.
All these ideas and more can be found on the Parents website by clicking here.
Happy Fourth of July!
– Becky Lynn is a writer for EllisDownHome.com. She and her husband Bob enjoy spending time with their 8 grandchildren and traveling. Becky loves cranking up the music and heading to the kitchen to try out new recipes or cook for an upcoming party. She is passionate about continuing to be a life-long learner!