Many patriotic celebrations start in the afternoon and continue on into the evening hours with the grand finale being an awesome fireworks display! Since the celebration can last for several hours, here are some fantastic ideas to keep all of your guests lively even in the summer heat.
Organize a good old-fashioned game of baseball. For those guests that insist on sitting in the stands, have them sing “Take Me Out To The Ballgame” and serve them Cracker Jack and Coke while they watch the game.
Be silly by creating your own fun photos with a Patriotic Couple Photo Standee.
Create your own parade by having everyone decorate a bike or wagon!
Make two large copies of a map of America. Cover up the state’s names and have a competition between the boys and girls to see who can identify all 50 states the fastest.
For a meaningful activity, have the older generation pass on stories about America when they were growing up. Ask each guest to share what they like the most about living in the USA.
Plan a trivia contest with fun facts about American presidents, history, inventions, and folklore.
Select a Patriotic King and Queen each hour of the party. Crown them with a red jeweled tiara and a blue king’s crown. Provide the king and queen with a few special privileges such as the prime seat (shade or sun), position on the winning team, or first “dibs” in line. Selections can be made randomly, through competitions, or based on a simple vote among the guests!
Pass out red, white, & blue poms to all the kids and have them create a fun patriotic cheer for our Land of the Free!
To pass the time between the cookout and fireworks, have the older kids paint the younger girl’s fingernails red, white, and blue. Add a flag funtoo temporary tattoo to their cheeks!
If you don’t have access to a professional fireworks display, create your own show by passing out sparklers and balloons. Let everyone take a turn twirling the sparklers and popping the balloons – it’s sure to inspire lots of “oooh’s and aaaah’s”!