5 Fun, Educational Ways to Celebrate July 4th With Kids
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.
- Revolutionary War Timeline
- The United States Constitution
- How much do you know about the American Revolution?
- Learn about some of the events that led up to the Revolutionary War
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.
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Or, explore color and density with a safe and educational fireworks science experiment.
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.
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Learn about centrifugal force with this DIY 4th of July toy. Safer than sparklers, and educational too!
Cardstock and some 4th of July stickers are all you need to create this DIY patriotic memory game.
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!
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.
Keep things healthy with these 4th of July fruit wands.
Store-bought mini ice cream sandwiches + red, white, and blue sprinkles = 1 super simple 4th of July dessert. Kids can even help make them!
5. Wind down with a good book
Try one of these best books for celebrating America’s birthday from Kids Activities Blog.
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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Ashley MacQuarrie began writing professionally more than ten years ago and has covered education, technology, current events, pop culture, and other topics. A former homeschooler, she studied English and Film & New Media, graduating with a bachelor's degree from San Diego State University. Ashley has classroom experience working with children who have autism and other special needs. She has also tutored students from kindergarten through college and taught English to teens and adults at a language school in London.