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Fourth of July party ideas for everyone

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Matthew Cenzon

The Fourth of the July is that time of the year where everyone gets to show off their patriotism while enjoying a little bit of fun under the sun. If you're thinking about hosting a Fourth of July party this year, then here are some ideas to help plan a party that will surely be fun for everyone!

Fourth of July Party Ideas

A patriotic celebration to commemorate the United States' independence is a great American tradition. Here are some great party ideas for the Fourth that are sure to be crowd pleasers:

Backyard barbecue: The backyard barbecue is a classic way to celebrate the Fourth of July. You can supply the hamburgers, hot dogs, ribs and other barbecue foods while your guests can bring in the drinks, desserts and sides. If you have a pool in your backyard, make it a pool party!

Fourth of July block party:
Get the neighbors involved and start organizing a block party on your street that the whole neighborhood can enjoy. This works especially well if you live in a cul-de-sac. Make it a potluck and have each family bring in a dish that everyone can enjoy. You can also assign specific duties to each family in the neighborhood like decorations, drinks, tableware, games and any other party necessities.

Clam bake:
The clam bake is a popular tradition celebrated along the coast of New England. The use of primarily seafood like clams, mussels, crab legs and lobster claws that are steamed together with potatoes, corn on the cob and sausages makes for an enjoyable feast for everyone.

Park picnic:
Find a public park with open picnic tables, or reserve a gazebo or park picnic area in advance for your next Fourth of July celebration. Most parks come equipped with public grills for barbecue, or you can bring your own portable grill. Be sure to bring Fourth of July themed table covers and tableware and a couple of coolers to keep all the drinks and meats chilled.

Beach barbecue:
Break out the swim trunks and bathing suits and get to the beach this Fourth of July. A portable grill, a beach canopy or tent, and a couple of folding tables are all you need to set up your own beach grilling station. Bring some lawn chairs, folding chairs and plenty of bleach blankets so people have something to sit on. You should also pack some large trash bags, just in case a trash can isn't easily accessible.

Fourth of July Decorations

Table covers, tableware, banners, streamers and balloons adorned with the red, white and blue are all the typical decorations you would see at a Fourth of July party. If you're looking for something a little more creative and out of the ordinary, then you might want to try some of these Fourth of July decoration ideas:

Fourth of July pinwheels
Red, white and blue paper lanterns
Patriotic paper fans
Red, white and blue candle centerpieces
American flag wreaths
Red, white and blue candy jars and bowls
Red, white and blue bouquets
Fourth of July ribbons

Patriotic Foods

Serve a patriotic meal with some of America's most traditional food items. Hot dogs, hamburgers, ribs and chicken are classic staples of Fourth of July celebrations. Here are a few more food ideas that are perfect for the Fourth:

Red, white and blue layered desserts
Cherry, blueberry and strawberry pies with whipped cream
Red, white and blue cupcakes
Strawberries, blueberries and whipped cream bowls
Red, white and blue frosting cakes
Star shaped cookies
Red, white and blue gelatin cups
Fourth of July cotton candy
Red, white and blue ice cream

Games and Activities for the Fourth of July

Once your guests have gotten their fill on all the Fourth of July foods, it's time to start the real Fourth of July festivities. Here are some fun games and activities that are perfect for any Fourth of July celebration:

Arts and crafts table: Set up and arts and crafts table replete with patriotic colors, patterns, tools and materials to give your guests a chance to make something special this Fourth of July.

Balloons: A Fourth of July water balloon toss is always fun for a hot summer day. A balloon station is also a fun idea for the kids. Remember to look for the Fourth of July balloon packages when you go to the store.

Trivia games:
Challenge your guests to a game of trivia on United States history. The kids can learn important facts about the Fourth of July and U.S. history. Plus, it's always nice to get a little refresher course on why Independence Day is so important.

Eating contests:
Many famous eating contests and events are typically held on the Fourth of July. Set up your own pie, watermelon or hot dog eating contest your guests can enjoy. If you're afraid of making your guests sick, focus more on speed instead of quantity. Seeing who can eat a slice of watermelon the fastest is a lot easier on the stomach (for both the contestant and the spectators) than seeing who can eat the most hot dogs before they get sick.

Fireworks display:
The word "fireworks" has become synonymous with the Fourth of July. Try to plan your party in a location where your guests will be able to see and enjoy a nice fireworks display, or arrange for a specific time to have you and your guests caravan to a location where they can watch a fireworks display.

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