Tips for Independence Day Parties that Go off with a Bang

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As you plan this year’s 4th of July bash, you are most likely looking for fun party games that will go off with a bang. Not to worry, there are plenty of fun party game ideas that everyone will love. So heat up the grill and pull out the extra chairs because with these party game ideas you are sure to be the best patriotic host on the block.

Tasty treats

What all-American holiday celebration would be complete without treats? A cookie or donut eat-off is sure to leave a smile on your guests’, and on-lookers’, faces. All you do is string up these tasty treats on a stick or tree branch so that they are 4-5 feet from the ground. On the count of three everyone tries to eat their treat without using their hands and without letting the treat drop to the ground. To add even more difficulty, you can have your contestants blindfolded. Bubble gum blowing contests are also fun. Use red, white and blue gumballs to see who can blow the most or the biggest bubbles in a certain period of time. Blow a bubble and then add a new piece of gum to your mouth. See who can chew and blow bubbles with the most pieces of gum.


Capture the Flag is a classic school yard game that can easily be transformed into capture the American flag and played in your front or backyard. The rules are the same, but the flag is an actual American flag. American themed relay races also incorporate Patriotic themed props such as flags, balloons, hula hoops, Frisbees, etc. Props and party favors are always fun ways to incorporate the 4th of July theme. Just be sure to remind guests of the proper respect to show American flags, even if they are miniature versions.

Fun for any age

One of the greatest challenges of putting together party games that everyone will enjoy is that people of different ages will want to do different things. Some suggestions for how you can please many different people include having sidewalk chalk for younger kids, races and competitions for older kids and participating adults, and word puzzles for the older, shy, or less active guests. You do not have to have everyone participate in every game that you think of. Some parents will be happier watching their kids have fun and some kids would rather just take in the sights and sounds of the day. Leave your options open and just make sure that everyone can do something fun if they want to.

Water games

July is the perfect time of year for water related play. You can incorporate the 4th of July theme by using red, white and blue balloons in a water balloon toss. The water balloon toss is relatively simple. All you do is split your group into two teams and place them in equal parallel lines facing each other. The person that you are directly across from is your partner. Give each person in one of the rows a water balloon. Starting just a few feet apart all the people on the one side of the line will throw their balloon to their partner on the other side. If the balloon is dropped, that team is eliminated. If the balloon is caught, then each member takes a step back and tosses the balloon again. The game goes on until only one team remains.

Fireworks safety

Nothing ends a fun 4th of July party better than a fireworks show. And of course the worst thing that could happen is that someone gets hurt. Protect your family from any unpleasant 4th of July memories by starting any firework activities with rules to keep all out of harm’s way. For children who are responsible enough to handle sparklers, you can have them write their names in the smoke the sparkler lets off or see whose sparkler lasts the longest.