These 4th of July party ideas will help you throw the best summer party ever! Whether you’re looking for 4th of July party hacks, 4th of July party games, or even just summer party ideas – you’ll find everything you need!
Have you ever noticed that all three of the major summer holidays are patriotic ones?
These patriotic party games, party hacks, and party planning tips will help you throw the best summer party ever!
I’ve put together some tips, tricks, hacks, and of course 4th of July party games (that are more active than this 4th of July bingo game) to make throwing a bash for any of the big three “summer” events easier.
So if you’re looking for 4th of July party ideas, you’ve come to the right place! Let’s get right to it.
4th of July Party Themes
Let’s start with the beginning – some fun party themes! These are a couple of my personal favorites but there a million different things you could do!
Don’t feel free pressure to come up with a theme if nothing brilliant is coming to you immediately. Honestly, a red, white, and blue theme is a theme all in itself!
4th of July Decorations
Once you have your theme, it’s time to start thinking about decorations! I’ve put together some of my favorite unique decorations for celebrating America’s birthday – both things you can DIY and things you can buy to get into the patriotic spirit!
4th of July Party Food
I’m a bit obsessed with 4th of July food. So obsessed that I wrote a post with all sorts of delicious red, white, and blue desserts already. So if you’re really looking for food ideas, make sure to read that one.
These are just a few of my personal favorite 4th of July recipes – all with a patriotic color scheme of course!
While I’m a big fan of serving festive food that matches the color of the occasion, you could always go with some typical barbecue recipes like hot dogs, potato salad, pasta salad (this Mexican street corn pasta salad is amazing), and anything else you’d typically serve at an outdoor party!
If you have a favorite recipe that doesn’t seem to fit the theme, a simple idea to make it fit is to use star shapes (cut out with cookie cutters) like I did with these fruit skewers. I served them with a cream cheese fruit dip for a red, white, and blue healthy treat!
Easy 4th of July Drinks
Don’t get so preoccupied with the food that you totally forget about the drinks! You can easily serve just red, white, and blue colored sodas and juices if you want, but I always like to have at least one signature drink at parties!
I’ve collected a handful of drinks that would be great for any fourth of July parties!
Freeze water balloons and use them as ice with your drinks! They freeze beautifully and once they melt, they’re perfect for cooling off with some of these water games or a water balloon fight of course!
4th of July Activities
There are so many different types of yard games you can do for 4th of July – anything you’d do at a backyard bbq you can do for a 4th of July party!
The ones below are specific to 4th of July and would only work for an awesome 4th of July party, not any other time of the year! If you need more fun ideas, you can always turn any of my minute to win it games into a 4th of July theme as well!
4th of July Party Favors
Let’s finish it off with fun things to give away to guests when they go home (or to use during the party). You could really do anything you want that’s red, white, and blue but here are some specific favors I personally love and think your guests would too!
More Fun 4th of July Party Ideas
Here are a couple of additional resources to help you plan the ultimate fourth of July barbecue or outdoor bash!
- Patriotic playlist – the ultimate list of patriotic music to have going during your Independence Day party!
- Inexpensive 4th of July party decorations – Amazon has an amazing selection of patriotic decor that’s cheap and perfect for one-time use! All of the things here are under $10!
- Fun crafts – if you want to add some crafts to your 4th of July party, these are some great ones using items from your local dollar store!
- 4th of July word search – a simple printable activity that kids will love! Put it out with some 4th of July coloring pages for a simple quiet activity.
- Patriotic ideas for preschoolers – if you have littles like me, these are some good ideas to get them in on the fun!