If you are hosting a 4th of July party, you will have many hours to fill prior to the highlights of the day commence – the fireworks. You will prefer to have a lot of activities and games designed to have everyone busy and entertained.
There is a range of games you are able to plan that contain a patriotic theme.
Balloon pass – This game includes relaying a balloon down a line of individuals. Employ balloons that are red, white and blue and ask the participants they’ll be using their hands and their legs to give the balloon down the line. Make two teams of people, and have them form straight lines. Give the first individual a balloon and ask them to place it between their legs, passing the balloon to the next person in line using their legs only. That someone will get the balloon and pass it to the following person by placing it over their head. That third person would put the balloon between their legs and hand it to the next person like that. The game carries on until the balloon has passed all the way along the line. When you have a small group, demand that the balloon get passed down the line and back again before announcing a winner.
Chalk it up – select a panel of judges (the oldest members of the family are the apparent picks) and let them be the official judges for a chalk competition. Break your guests into two teams (or more, based on how many people are at the party) and hand them each one or two containers of sidewalk chalk. Ask them to make a sidewalk picture that exhibits something patriotic, and specify the flag must be included in the picture. Give them a time bound (based on your group, this time limit might range from 10 minutes to 45 minutes) and then have the judges announce a winner after they have diligently studied all the artwork. You may have art-themed prizes for the winners.
Parade – One fun 4th of July activity that just shouts “4th of July!” is a parade having decorated bikes, scooters and the like. Tell everyone who attends the party to adorn their bike or scooter or some item in patriotic garb. You may have people bring them to the party already ornamented and have a competition for “best bike”, etc., but also fun is to hold a decorating party within the party. Get all the items on hand to dress the bikes and scooters and skateboards. You may have streamers, banners, flags, and ribbons. The kids and adults can decorate their bikes and scooters as a party activity.
Guessing Game – These games are constantly popular for virtually any occasion. Take a large jar with peppermint candy (the red and white striped type) and decorate it using blue and red ribbon. Have people judge how many candies are in the jar (which naturally implies you count as you place the candies in the jar). The winner, or the individual who gets closest to the number without going over, begets the jar of candy.
Fireworks – If you are having fireworks at your home, you may have a big box of various fireworks. Everybody has their personal favorites and people may have clear ideas of what they prefer to see and hear. You may play a game to judge who gets to choose the next firework to go off next. You may ask trivia questions (why are there 13 stars on the flag?). Or you could have a dance off. While music plays, each individual who truly wants to pick the next firework to go off has to dance the craziest, silliest dance they can muster up. Somebody who’s been assigned a judge will select who won the dance off and that person gets to pick the next fireworks item. Unless there are more fireworks than people, each one only gets to pick once.