Independence Day is one of America’s biggest holidays. Parades, fireworks, family vacations — you name it, July 4th weekend is always jammed packed with summer activities every family can take part in. But if don’t have anything specifically planned and you’re looking for some fun things you and your crew can do for the 4th of July, you’re in luck! We’ve rounded up some great ideas (many of them are free!) to help you celebrate America’s birthday.
If you’re staying local, take in a parade or host the ultimate backyard BBQ (our grilling guide will turn you into a pro), or if you want to head out of town, take a trip to the beach or visit a national monument. There are also plenty of things to do from the comfort of your own house, including mixing up some patriotic cocktails or baking some red, white, and blue desserts. You can also host a 4th of July movie marathon.
Regardless if you’re flying solo or you have a big group of family and friends, these are the very best things to do on the 4th of July.
Bake Patriotic Goodies
You can’t celebrate America’s birthday without some red, white, and blue desserts! After baking some of the best cupcakes, brownies, and 4th of July cakes, the whole family can join in on the festive decorating — or even compete in a friendly bake-off.
Have a backyard movie night
Level up your standard movie night by setting up a screening — and some cozy seating — right out on your lawn, then pick out an All-American movie that’s perfect for the holiday. Don’t forget the popcorn!
Go camping in your backyard
It’s not a 4th of July celebration without a campfire and some s’mores! If you can’t make it to a real campsite this year, try a little backyard camping instead — just set up a tent (along with a great cookout, of course), and cap off the night with some scary stories around the fire.
Have a Game Night
Looking for something that’s fun for the whole family? Organize a game night with some of the best board games — and if you want to make it on theme with the holiday, try out some special patriotic games (like 4th of July bingo or some American-themed trivia).
Go for a Backyard BBQ
Fire up the grill for some great eats! Hot dogs and burgers are essential, of course, but don’t forget the tasty apps (and some festive drinks to cool off in the heat).
Get crafty with the kids
What better way to keep the little ones occupied than with a fun holiday craft? Plus, these easy-to-make flower pots double as a great 4th of July decor!
Have a backyard picnic
It’s obvious that spending the 4th of July outdoors is ideal, so why not bring food and drinks right to your backyard? You’ll appreciate the sunshine and get a good meal in, too.
Make a splash in the pool
Celebrate the fourth while sitting in a pool float with a drink in hand! It’s the perfect way to spend a sunny day with the whole family.