Have a Blast This Fourth!
The Fourth of July offers the perfect excuse to get together with friends and loved ones for some good old fashioned summer fun. Although we love town fireworks displays and other organized events, there’s nothing like a low-key backyard celebration, complete with simple red, white & blue decorations and easy-yet-festive foods. Read on for some of our favorite kid-friendly ideas to help you have a blast this Fourth!
Patriotic Paper Chains
Hang these simple paper chains throughout your backyard for a patriotic pop of color.
- Start with recycled construction paper in red, white & blue.
- Use a ruler and a pencil to draw vertical lines down each page from top to bottom, creating strips that are about ½ inch wide and 11 inches long. Cut the strips and place them in piles sorted by color.
- Loop a red strip into a circle and staple the two ends together to form a ring. Thread a white strip through the first ring and staple. Next, add a blue strip and do the same. Continue threading and stapling, alternating colors as you go until you’ve formed a long, red, white & blue paper chain.
- Make multiple chains as time and supplies allow, then hang them from tree branches and doorways.
Festive Mason Jars
Mason jars are the ultimate versatile décor item to have on hand for an Independence Day gathering.
- Tie red, white & blue ribbons around the jars and use them to hold utensils or straws.
- Paint jars patriotic colors using acrylic paint. Once dry, place a battery-operated tea light inside each jar to make DIY lanterns.
- Cover the outside of jars with blue washi tape, then use them as flower vases to hold red and white blooms.
Fun & Games
Red, White & Blue Scavenger Hunt
Divide kids up into two teams and have them compete to find as many red, white or blue objects as they can around your house and/or yard. Instruct the teams to take a picture of each item they find, then tally up the totals after a set amount of time. Give the winning team members a simple prize, such as bubbles, sidewalk chalk or glow sticks.
Have the neighborhood kids decorate their bikes, trikes and scooters with red, white & blue crepe paper and ribbons. Gather everyone for a post-barbeque “bike parade” around your block, complete with patriotic music streaming from a portable boom box.
Cut watermelon into stars using a star-shaped metal cookie cutter. Arrange on a platter or add lollipop sticks to make star-shaped watermelon “pops.”
American Flag Cake
Decorate a vanilla-frosted sheet cake to look like an American flag with the help of Go Organically Organic Fruit Snacks in our Mixed Berry flavor. Create red horizontal stripes using strawberry and/or raspberry fruit snacks, then use blueberry fruit snacks to create the star portion of the flag in the upper left-hand corner.
Inspired Ice Cream Sandwiches
Here’s a simple way to add patriotic flair to store-bought ice cream sandwiches. Dip the vanilla edges in red, white & blue sprinkles, then freeze to let sprinkles set. A sweet worth saluting!