4th of July Ideas

Fun Things to Do for the 4th of July!

It may not be a typical Fourth of July, but that is no reason you can’t enjoy it to the fullest! Here are four fun things to do for the 4th of July that are perfect for 2020 (even with COVID concerns) as well as any other year!

Enjoy a Backyard Bash

This might not be the year you have a huge backyard party, but a great 4th of July idea for adults or the kids 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 throwing a frisbee around. If you have a fire pit, roast marshmallows for s’mores.


End the evening with some of your own fireworks. Kids of all ages love to set off 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.

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.

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

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? Do you have more fun 4th of July ideas? I’d love to hear about them in the comments!

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  1. I love these ideas. We are doing a backyard cookout. But I love the kiddie pool idea too!I may have to invest in one ASAP.

    1. These are fun ideas. It’s super hot here today with a chance of thunderstorms rolling in. After a very full week I’m going to simply enjoy some down time.

  2. Great ideas! I might have to try some Mexican corn. My husband is a respiratory therapist, and it’s his year to work on the Fourth this year. He’s on for the next three days, so we already knew we were having a low-key holiday this year. I plan to make some fun food, and we’ll shoot some fireworks off when he gets home!

  3. We have the giant Jenga from my daughter’s wedding. The hotel where she was married only had one and it is very popular so we brought one. People love it! Happy 4th!

  4. Great ideas! We don’t have any plans this year unless someone plans something last minute. We might watch some movies like The Patriot or something though. We just don’t have any outdoor space and its just me and my husband so I don’t like doing hamburgers and hotdogs because you have to buy so much we’d be eating them for days!

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