4th of July Ideas

4 Fun Things to Do 4th of July Weekend!


Summer is flying by, right? Hopefully, you have the 4th of July off work and can take an extra day to relax AND have fun. If so, I’ve got you covered. Ready for 4 fun things to do 4th of July weekend?

1. Enjoy a Backyard Bash

Even if you aren’t up for a huge backyard party, a great 4th of July idea is to throw yourself a backyard bash. Invite a few friends, or just enjoy the day with your immediate family. Create some yummy snacks and a delicious dinner on the grill (be sure to add this tasty Mexican Street Corn to the menu).

Play fun yard games such as cornhole, life-sized Jenga, or even just throw a frisbee around. If you have a fire pit, roast marshmallows for s’mores.

Playing cornhole is one of our fun things to do for the 4th of July

End the evening with some of your own fireworks. Kids of all ages love to watch fireworks and there are so many great ones available these days.

💥 Insider tip: Be careful when setting off fireworks, they can be dangerous. We also always keep a bucket of water handy and once the firework has cooled off, we throw it in the water – that way we’ve cleaned up our mess and don’t have to worry about something catching on fire later.

2. Create Your Own Scavenger Hunt or Themed Trivia Game

Make a 4th of July-themed scavenger hunt a fun family event by dividing your group into two teams and seeing who can check off the items on the list first. Looking for a ready-made version? Download this free 4th of July scavenger hunt printable, add items for your family to search for, and have fun with it!

4th of July scavenger hunt printable

Not a fan of scavenger hunts? How about a 4th of July-themed trivia competition? Create a list of 4th of July (or historical) questions and have each person write down their answers.

The winner takes home a fun gift like a jar full of red, white, and blue M&M’s! This would be a perfect 4th of July idea if the weather is less than ideal for you this year.

3. Get Outside for the 4th of July

If it’s a hot one, getting outside in the water is the perfect way to enjoy the 4th of July.

If you are lucky and live within driving distance of a lake or river, pack a picnic and plan on spending the day getting wet. Kayaking or rafting is a fantastic option if it’s available in your area, but even just wading in a creek or doing a little fishing can be a lot of fun.

It’s not often we get to spend a day just relaxing near water, so a long holiday weekend is the perfect time to do just that!

Kayaking or rafting are fun things to do on the 4th of July

4. Create a Backyard Oasis

If you aren’t lucky enough to have a pool (or easy access to one), why not create your own backyard oasis? We had fun with this a few weeks ago. We called it “Cabana Day”. I definitely see it making a reappearance for the 4th of July this year.

We purchased a pretty large blow-up kiddie pool and set it up in the backyard with a tent next to it. Was it as great as a day in a “real” pool? Maybe not, but it was a ton of fun. The water felt great, we made delicious beach cocktails and listened to music. In the “cabana,” we had comfy chairs set up and a fan to keep things cool. I think a TV will be the next addition.

Enjoy a faux cabana day in your backyard for on a hot summer day.

This was a bit of work to set up, but it made for a memorable afternoon. We did take it down at the end of the day so it wouldn’t ruin the yard, but it was all well worth the effort.

So what will you do for the 4th of July this year? If you are looking for more fun things to do 4th of July weekend, be sure to join the email list as I’ll be sharing a few more ideas the week prior!

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Ready to have some fun this 4th of July? Here are 4 FUN things you can do on the 4th of July. Perfect for families or adults. Free scavenger hunt printable too! #4thofJuly #thingstodo #familyfun
Ready to have some fun this 4th of July? Here are 4 FUN things you can do on the 4th of July. Perfect for families or adults. Free scavenger hunt printable too! #4thofJuly #thingstodo #familyfun