We’ve rounded up a few of our favorite fun and engaging learning activities for celebrating on July 4th. From fireworks to patriotic treats, here are all the ideas you need for a fun and memorable Independence Day, plus some great resources for teaching kids why we celebrate. For even more activities, visit our Summer Fun and Learning Pinterest board. Happy 4th of July!

1. Teach kids why we celebrate on July 4th

Learn about the Revolutionary War and Independence Day by watching one of these great historical movies. Then explore some of our engaging interactive activities  for a closer look at the events of the American Revolution. Education World also has some great lessons and activities for learning about this period in American history.

2. Enjoy some safe fireworks fun

Why do we celebrate Independence Day with fireworks? Learn the history behind this tradition, then find out where to see fireworks in your town and enjoy the show!

Afterwards, why not create some fireworks at home? Here are 10 fun fireworks craft ideas to try.

Fireworks art for kidsvia Reading Confetti

Or, explore color and density with a safe and educational fireworks science experiment.

Firework Science Activityvia Education.com

3. Get patriotic with star-spangled crafts

This star-stringing activity is a great way to keep younger kids busy and help them develop fine motor, pattern making, color recognition and counting skills.

July 4th craft for kidsvia Toddler Approved

Learn about centrifugal force with this DIY 4th of July toy. Safer than sparklers, and educational too!

Sticker Star Twirlervia Spoonful

Cardstock and some 4th of July stickers are all you need to create this DIY patriotic memory game.

DIY 4th of July matching gamevia Little Family Fun 

Make your own flags with our free printable American flag coloring page. First, take the opportunity to read up on what the colors on the flag mean. After your kids color and cut out their flags, add a popsicle stick flagpole as a finishing touch and display your flag proudly!

printable American flag coloring page

4. Chow down on some red, white, and blue treats

This activity is a science experiment and recipe all rolled into one. Make these patriotic drinks for your 4th of July BBQ, and give kids a lesson in density at the same time.

Density Drinks - Layered Kid-Friendly Drinks for 4th of Julyvia Steve Spangler Science

Keep things healthy with these 4th of July fruit wands.

4th of July fruit wandsvia weelicious

Store-bought mini ice cream sandwiches + red, white, and blue sprinkles = 1 super simple 4th of July dessert. Kids can even help make them!

Spangled Sandwich Pops

via Spoonful

5. Wind down with a good book

Try one of these best books for celebrating America’s birthday from Kids Activities Blog.

12 BEST books for Kids about Fourth of July

Leave us a comment below and let us know how you’re celebrating. We hope all our readers have a safe and happy 4th of July!


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