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25 Festive Ideas for Hosting a 4th of July Party

Independence Day is the ultimate summer holiday, and it’s the perfect time to throw a fun summer bash! If you’re searching for ideas for hosting a memorable 4th of July party, check out these 25 tips for food, activities, decorations, and more you can use at your get-together!

Create a 4th of July Playlist

Light Up JBL Speaker Playing Music for a Group of People. Photo by Instagram user @brosdeals

Photo via @brosdeals

Set the mood for your summer party with a playlist. Be sure to pick a variety of songs that will appeal to all of your guests from genres like oldies, classic rock, and pop. By creating your playlist ahead of time, you’ll be able to focus on prepping other party items day-of!

Make Room for Additional Seating

Outdoor Table Set up for a Fourth of July Party. Photo by Instagram user @deetsandthings

Photo via @deetsandthings

While getting ready for your July 4th festivities, make room for additional seating to accommodate your guests. Round up folding chairs and tables, and find some benches that can seat several people. If you’re having your party outside, help your friends and family beat the heat by setting up a tent or umbrella for shade.

Add a Photo Station Inside Your Home

Fourth of July Styled Home Photo Booth Props. Photo by Instagram user @paperandcake

Photo via @paperandcake

Give your guests something fun to do at your Independence Day party with a photo booth. Include props like sunglasses, hats, and flags—or print photo props of your own—so you and your guests can take photos and have something fun to remember your party by!

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Break Out Your Fourth of July Decor

Home Kitchen Decorated with Fourth of July Decor. Photo by Instagram user @homewithhollyj

Photo via @homewithhollyj

Decorate the inside and outside of your home with Fourth of July decor so that the party can continue wherever you are. Get out patriotic throw pillows and table centerpieces, hang string banners and flags, and break out your red, white, and blue dishware for the party!

Create a Dazzling Centerpiece

Fourth of July Designed Centerpiece. Photo by Instagram user @rodworks

Photo via @rodworks

Prepare for your party with with some DIY 4th of July decor! One idea for holiday decorating is to create a show-stopping centerpiece or two for your tables. You can design your centerpiece however you want with flowers, ribbons, flags, and other red, white, and blue flairs. Don’t be afraid to get creative!

Set Up Placemats for Your Guests

Individual Placemats for a Fourth of July Party. Photo by Instagram user @kbelle_home

Photo via @kbelle_home

When it’s time to eat, provide your guests with a patriotic spot to sit down and enjoy their food! Before anyone arrives, add placemats, plates, and napkins with a red, white, and blue theme. Name tags are optional and can be a fun way to show friends and family where to sit.

Use Mason Jars to Hold Silverware

Even your silverware can have some patriotic flair on July 4th. Paint mason jars blue and red with patterns like stars and stripes to hold forks, spoons, and knives. These utensil holders will brighten up the food table and be a great addition to your backyard BBQ!

Decorate with Festive Balloons

At Home Fourth of July Table with USA Balloons. Photo by Instagram user @mrs_syv

Photo via @mrs_syv

Nothing says “It’s time to party!” like some balloons. Decorate for your Independence Day get-together with balloons featuring a USA theme, star shapes, or simple red, white, and blue colors. Put them anywhere around the party area where people will take notice!

Hang String Lights

Outdoor Living Space with String Lights Hanging Above. Photo by Instagram user @lightsonline

Photo via @lightsonline

Add lighting to your backyard 4th of July party by hanging string lights. This is great for brightening the space up as it starts getting dark—and if you want to be on theme, you can use red, white, and blue lightbulbs!

Arrange a Kid-Friendly Firework Station

Small Firework Station for Kids. Photo by Instagram user @partyhopshop

Photo via @partyhopshop

Fireworks are a major part of 4th of July celebrations, and kids love to participate! Set up a firework station with sparklers, poppers, snappers, and other small fireworks that kids can celebrate with!

Entertain with Backyard Games

Large Backyard Connect Four Board. Photo by Instagram user @spoggies_nest

Photo via @spoggies_nest

Turn your backyard into a dream entertainment space for family and friends by setting up yard games at your 4th of July cookout! Set up giant versions of Connect Four, Jenga, or Tic Tac Toe, or opt for classic backyard games like Horseshoes, Cornhole, Ladder Toss, and more!

Get Ready for Water Activities

Stay cool at your party with water activities. If you live on a lake or have a pool, blow up pool floats for guests to use as they take a dip and cool off. Another activity that’s fun for all ages is a backyard slip n’ slide that will keep friends and family busy for hours!

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Dress Up the Lawn with Yard Signs

If you’re looking for 4th of July decoration ideas, yard signs are an easy one! They’re a great way to welcome guests to your patriotic party. Look for signs featuring common July 4th symbols like the American flag, Uncle Sam, or fireworks!

Do Crafts with the Kids

Keep the kids busy at your party with 4th of July crafts! Set up a table with all the supplies they’ll need to make festive art projects. They can create flags out of popsicle sticks, draw fireworks with finger paint, create sidewalk chalk drawings, and more!

Dress Up Your Pets

Your pets can be a part of the party, too! Get your dog or cat ready for the party with a red, white, and blue bandana, sweater, or special collar. Not to mention, this can be a great conversation starter!

Give Out Party Favors

Your guests will love taking something home to remember your 4th of July party by. Put together party favors for friends and family complete with candy, glow sticks, sunglasses, and whatever else you can find in bulk!

Cook Fun Finger Foods

Make it easy for friends and family to snack throughout the night with some finger foods like mini chicken and waffles, jalapeno poppers, vegetable pizza, and more that they can grab quickly and carry around on small plates. If you want to be extra festive, experiment with star shapes, as well as red and blue coloring!

Arrange a 4th of July Charcuterie Board

Charcuterie boards make for a perfect 4th of July appetizer at your party. They’re perfect for sharing, and you can impress guests by cutting cheese into star shapes and adding strawberries, blueberries, and other colorful fruits to get a red, white, and blue effect!

Set Up a Grillout Bar

No 4th of July BBQ is complete without some grilling. Let friends and family customize their own plates by setting up a grillout bar! Have all the fixings for burgers, hamburgers, and brats like cheese, vegetables, condiments, and more laid out on a table so everyone can pick and choose what they want.

Prepare Cookout Side Dishes

Baked Beans and Hamburger Side Dish. Photo by Instagram user @caseyskitch

Photo via @caseyskitch

Be sure to have some delicious sides to go along with your main dishes! Consider making pasta salad, grilled vegetables, baked beans, mac and cheese, and more. Let your inner chef come out!

Bake a Flag Cake

Don’t forget dessert at your Independence Day celebration! Bake a cake featuring the American flag’s colors: red, white, and blue. You can color the actual cake sponge with food coloring and arrange it to reveal a flag once you cut it. Or take an easier route and use blueberries, strawberries, and white frosting to decorate the outside like the U.S. flag!

Impress Guests with a Berry Pie

Blueberry Pie with Stars and Stripes Latticing. Photo by Instagram user @morgansayers

Photo via @morgansayers

Another 4th of July dessert you can bake that’s a true classic is a berry pie. Let your creativity shine by trying out star-shaped pie dough and a mix of red and blue berries. It’s sure to be a real show-stopper!

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Decorate Independence Day Cookies

4th of July Frosted and Watermelon Frosted Cookies. Photo by Instagram user @faithbakes77

Photo via @faithbakes77

If you and your guests love sweets, make some 4th of July cookies for your party! Use icing and sprinkles to decorate flags, stars, and other fun summer shapes like ice cream cones, watermelon, and more!

Fire Up Your Fire Pit

Smores Sitting on an Outdoor Table with More Mashmallows Nearby. Photo by Instagram user @rdunngraydecor

Photo via @rdunngraydecor

When the sun goes down, continue the Independence Day celebration by gathering around the fire pit! Get your family and friends together to hang out and tell stories—and don’t forget the s’mores!

Stir Up a Themed Drink

Festive Summer Cocktail with Blueberries & Watermelon. Photo by Instagram user @amindfullmom

Photo via @amindfullmom

A holiday themed drink is the perfect way to keep guests cool during your festivities! It can be something simple and kid-friendly like flavored water with red and blue fruits, or you can stir up a fun and festive cocktail for the adults to sip on like a Red, White, and Blue Sangria or a Blue Long Island Iced Tea.


Need more ideas to help you prepare for your 4th of July party? Check out these ideas for designing an outdoor living space or giving your backyard a DIY makeover!

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