July 4th Activity Ideas

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With stay at home orders still in place across the country and social distancing remaining a top priority, this year’s Fourth of July celebrations will look a little different than usual. Whether you and your family are stuck in the house, or you have the option to head to the beach, Rafi Nova has got you covered with some ideas to make the most of one of the best days of the summer! 

Red White and FOOD! 

It’s not a party without snacks! In addition to the classic outdoor barbecue or potluck, consider making some of these simple and sweet red white and blue treats! They are just as fun to prepare as they are to eat, and the kids will enjoy personalizing their own. 

We are obsessed with these patriotic cake pops!  Not only are they a smaller and healthier serving size than regular cakes and cupcakes, but you and your family will have a great time rolling the dough, dipping the chocolate and adding fun colors and sprinkles! 

What better way is there to encourage your kids to eat healthy than to make healthy food fun? These firecracker fruit kabobs are yummy, easy, and fun to make! The best part is that you don’t have to stop after just one! 

Craving something salty? Try this patriotic popcorn! The combination of flavors and colors will keep you coming back for more throughout the day. 

Historical Trivia  

Looking for a little competition? Show what you know with a U.S. history trivia night! You can do this with your own family in teams, or over video call with friends! Make sure to keep track of points and offer a prize for the winners! For the kids, it could be a treat or a toy, or for the grownups, a giftcard to everyone’s favorite restaurant! We like these free trivia questions that are kid friendly, but you can add some more tough ones for the historians in the room! 

Scavenger Hunt 

A scavenger hunt is something you can adapt for almost any situation, especially if you have very little ones! Challenge them to an adventure while searching around the house or the neighborhood to find something red, something white, and something blue! Make sure to provide a prize at the end for their hard efforts! This activity is fun both for kids and parents and can be personalized to incorporate your own holiday traditions or objects in your house, but you can also use premade clues like the ones here

Fourth of July Science Projects 

The little scientist in your family will love the chance to get messy with these backyard projects! Throw on your gloves, safety goggles, and lab coat and get ready to learn!  If your kids (or really, you parents) aren’t tired of making slime yet, check out this recipe for star spangled slime! Kids love the gooey texture and fun sounds that slime makes, but it is just as much fun pretending to be a mad scientist working to find the perfect slime! 

If you’re looking for fun with less of a mess, check out these milk fireworks! With just two household ingredients, your kids will get to make their own art project. Simply add different colors/ amounts of food coloring to a pan full of milk and swirl! Kids are fascinated seeing how the colors move and change in the pan. If you won’t have the chance to see any real fireworks this year, you can challenge them to create their own through art!  

Patriotic Karaoke 

You don’t have to have a karaoke machine for this one! Pull up YouTube and have a karaoke night and dance party with your family to some July 4th tunes. These are some of our favorites, but there are endless songs to choose from depending on your music taste. 

  • Party in the USA,  Miley Cyrus 
  • Firework, Katy Perry
  • American Boy, Estelle 
  • Made in the USA., Demi Lovato 
  • American Pie, Don McLean 
To wind down the night, consider gathering the family around the TV for a classic Fourth of July movie. We like these ones which are typically family friendly and super patriotic! However, we recommend checking the ratings and considering the content before showing your children!
  • The Music Man
  • The Sandlot 
  • A League of Their Own
  • National Treasure 
  • Captain America, The First Avenger 
  • Forrest Gump 
  • Lin Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton (Premiering on Disney Plus July 3rd)

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