Staying home this 4th of July? It can still be a celebration! Check out these great ideas for lots of fun in your own backyard.
Make Carnival Food at Home
Just because you’re celebrating at home doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy your favorite treats! In addition to burgers, dogs, and sides, try your hand at homemade funnel cake or even snow cones to give the day a more festive feel.
Here are some recipes to get you started:
Your party will feel more like a 4th of July celebration and less like a normal outdoor barbeque with the right decorations. All it takes is a lot of red, white, and blue. Keep the color theme in mind when picking up paper plates, napkins, and cutlery. Hit up the dollar store for inexpensive patriotic decorations, or make some of your own.
A 4th of July Parade
Organize your very own 4th of July parade! Host a bike decorating contest with the neighborhood kids. They can drive down the “parade route” for judging. Give out prizes for “Most Patriotic,” “Noisest,” and “Most Creative.” Or let the kids make their own band for a parade. Give them a box full of materials they can use to make their own instruments, like empty paper towel rolls, tissue boxes, rubber bands, tape, and dried beans and rice. They’ll have so much fun creating their very own instrument and strutting in the parade.
Before you get to the main event (the fireworks!) guests can play some carnival games. This can be as simple as setting up horseshoes, ring toss, cornhole, or any other backyard games that you already own. Or, you can go all out and create a full-on carnival in your yard! Culdesac Cool has a great list to get you started. For an added incentive to encourage guests to play, award prizes for winners!
The main event for most 4th of July celebrations is the fireworks display. Stock up on safe fireworks to set off in your yard. There are so many types to choose from, so take into consideration the size of your yard and the ages of your children to find the best fit. Before you get started, cue up some patriotic music to play during your fireworks show for added authenticity. And remember, sparklers are fun for all ages!
Celebrating 4th of July at home can be a blast with just a little bit of preparation! In fact, you and your guests might have such a great time, you’ll want to celebrate at home every year. It might just be the new tradition!