Celebrating 4th of July as a Family

4th of July

Independence Day, celebrated on July 4th, is one of the most fun holidays to celebrate as a family. It takes place in the middle of summer when kids are off from school and the weather is incredible. 

The 4th of July is a great time to celebrate as a family and get kids of all ages involved.

Here are some fun ideas for celebrating the 4th of July as a family:

Cook Out

Fire up the grill and enjoy the weather with a cookout. This activity is totally customizable for every family. Do kids love hot dogs? Grill those! Do adults want steak and kids want burgers? You can easily do both. Cookouts don’t just have to be about meat either. You can grill vegetables, potatoes, sweet potatoes, and even some fruit. 

Fireworks, Of Course!

Fireworks are a staple 4th of July activity for families. Most communities host a local firework show. If you’re looking to spice things up, try heading to a different location. You could enjoy fireworks at the lake or somewhere else new! Bring some earplugs if you have younger kids, as this can make the experience more enjoyable. 

Backyard Movie Night 

Younger kids may not love the loud fireworks. Whether or not you attend the fireworks, an outdoor movie night is another fun option. There are many affordable projectors out there, or you can move a TV outside for the time being. Lay some blankets out and pop some popcorn while you enjoy your family movie night. Bonus points if it’s related to the holiday!


Enjoy a day at the pool or beach before the 4th of July night festivities. Bring some festive decorations, drinks, and outfits and soak up the opportunity to swim and float. Remind your kids about water safety, making sure that any kids who can’t swim stay within the arms’ reach of an adult and wear an approved life jacket. Reapply the sunscreen to avoid sunburn!

Themed Treats

Bring Independence Day to life with some red, white, and blue treats! Get creative and make some snacks and desserts your family loves. Some ideas include:

  • Decorated cupcakes/ cake
  • Cookies with red, white, and blue m&ms in them
  • A fruit salad with blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, and vanilla yogurt. 
  • Ice cream with festive toppings
  • Layered Jell-o
  • And many more!

Celebrate the 4th of July as a family this year with some of the fun activities above. Talk with your kids about the meaning of the holiday while mixing in some of these exciting activities.


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