5 Ideas for Fourth of July Fun

Plan some fun activities for the family on your day off.

This year the Fourth of July falls on a Wednesday and it's messing with everyone's schedule. Do you celebrate this weekend? Next weekend? Which days do you get off of work? The fun doesn't end with the parade and the fireworks. However and whenever you decide to take some time to be with your family, here are 5 creative ideas to have fun on or around the Fourth of July. If you have friends or relatives coming over for the Holiday, you'll be sure to have a blast with these ideas.

1. Create a Backyard Golf Course. Take a look around your yard and envision a course where you, the kids, and some friends can have fun putting and chipping around obstacles. Give prizes out for closest to the cup, hole in one, ball still on the grass, etc. Here's everything you need to create your own backyard golf course.

2. Camp in the Backyard. Grab your tent, sleeping bags, flashlights, and get ready to camp out in the comfort of your backyard. You can catch fireflies, make s'mores, create shadow puppets and tell scary stories all night. (I love camping in the backyard because I get to use my own bathroom!) This would be so much fun to do on the evening of the 3rd or 4th of July if your town is having a fireworks show. You might be able to see or definitely hear the celebration. Read these tips for the perfect backyard campout.

3. Turn your Driveway into a Speedway. Grab your favorite toy cars or spend some time making one and then let the races begin. Here's a super fun way to turn your driveway into a racetrack for some summer fun. There are even creative ideas for race car themed snacks to make it a party.

4. Host a Beach Party! Are family and friends coming over on the Fourth of July to celebrate? Why not use a beach party theme this year for something a little different? Check out these creative and yet easy ideas for a beach party including decorations, games, activities, and yummy food. 

5. Let the Olympic Games Begin. Get a jump start on celebrating the Summer Olympic Games by hosting your very own competition. You can spend a lot of time setting up and thinking about the challenges or you can just use what’s in your backyard already. Look through your garage to find some games and “obstacles” that you can use to create competitions for your kids and their friends. Use your creativity and make the games as silly as you want. Here's a list of kid-friendly, Olympic game ideas to inspire you, as well as Olympic-themed craft ideas, decorations and of course prizes.

What are your plans for having fun during the Fourth of July Holiday? Hosting any parties or family get-togethers?



Sue Kirchner is a family fun coach, kids party planner, and weekly contributor to Patch.com. Sue and her family fun ideas have been featured on TV, newspapers, magazines, blogs, as well as her own family fun site ChocolateCakeMoments.com.

Craig Apelbaum June 28, 2012 at 12:07 PM
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