Few things say summer more than the Fourth of July. And while the holiday is generally celebrated across the U.S., each family has its own unique tradition. Of course, when kids are involved, families may need to put a few twists on their regular go-to's in order to make the day fun — and engaging — for all. (Toddlers aren’t really ones for sitting on the patio, talking, FYI.)
From silly patriotic games (that happen to make gorgeous backdrops) and red, white and blue sensory ideas to super-simple ways to give back, here are 14 fail-proof Fourth of July activities for kids. Time to get crackin'!
Play balloon darts
A fun way to spice up a Fourth of July backyard barbecue? A game of red, white and blue balloon darts. Not only will kids and adults alike love trying their hand at popping a patriotic balloon
Check out local fireworks
Every area has their own rules about fireworks displays — and this year certainly will be different — but one thing people across the country can agree on is that trying to find parking — and then a place to sit — at a fireworks show is always the worst. Some towns, such as Phoenix, have spots in their area where fireworks can be seen without spending an hour parking, and even better, without ever having to get out of the car.
Play Fourth of July bingo
It’s an unwritten rule that everything on the Fourth of July needs to be somewhat patriotic — and bingo is no exception. These cute printable bingo cards from BlessedLilBaby on Etsy are a fun way to ring in the summer holiday with kids. Bonus points if you can find something equally festive to act as chips.