It’s hard to believe that the 4th of July is right around the corner. Adults have no problem getting into the perfect amount of mischief when this holiday rolls around, but what about the kids? As a matter of fact, my dad has decreed that none of his children (and their spouses) are allowed to set of fireworks while drinking on his property. (Party pooper-It’s not like the neighbors noticed that a firework hit their fence and our tree did not even catch on fire.)
Check out this fun list of 4th of July activities perfect for kids.
Water Obstacle Course
If the kids are old enough to be a little independent around water, put together a water obstacle course for them. Include a slip n’ slide, kiddy pool, and even a little relay! It can get incredibly hot around the 4th of July, so this is an awesome activity for kids and don’t be surprised if some adults join in as well.
Yes, this does require adult supervision and some of the adults may even need supervision. Pick out a few kid friendly fireworks and have fun! Since fireworks aren’t always kid friendly, work hard to ensure you find fireworks the kids will love.
Sparklers are always a safe bet when it comes to allowing the kids to have safe fun. You can even put a red Solo cup around their little hands and slide the sparkler through a little hole to help protect their little fingers from sparks.
My kiddos love “poppers.” They think it is hilarious to catch each other off guard with a properly thrown popper at their feet.
When we are feeling up to the crowds we go to a city fireworks show! When we aren’t, we sit poolside and watch the fireworks show from the nearby mall. The trees obscure part of it but there isn’t anything quite as relaxing as floating on a raft and watching the show from the comfort of home.
Go to a Local Parade
Parades are so much fun when kids are little. Find a local parade that the kids can enjoy. It’s always fun to see the American Flag flying as well as various fire engines, cars, and local bands. If there are no parades where you live, then put on your own! The kids will have a ton of fun with this.
Have a July 4th red white and blue picnic
Head to your local park and enjoy a picnic with the kids. Get into the spirit with red, white, and blue foods and an old fashioned red checked picnic blanket!
Check out some of these other 4th of July activities perfect for kids-
- Bake-a-thon- spend some time baking a ton of 4th of July goodies. Bake America a birthday cake! We make this delicious 4th of July Fruit Pizza.
- 4th of July crafts- If the 4th of July gets a little rainy this year, you can whip out a bunch of crafts to keep your little ones busy! Make a July 4th Wreath.
- History lesson- Kids are never too little or too old to learn about the history behind the 4th of July. Try and find a local fort to visit to help integrate the history behind the 4th of July. Have fun with it!
What are some of your favorite Fourth of July activities to do with your kiddos?