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4th of July Party Ideas

Get ready to celebrate the grand old USA with family and friends this summer. We’ve got 4th of July party ideas, decorating tips, festive traditions, and recipes that will help you plan in advance for this fun summertime tradition. Grab your sparklers and your red-white-and-blue, and get ready for the best 4th of July ever!


All-American Table Decorations

The red-white-and-blue party theme looks fantastic when played out on dining tables or buffets. Start with a table runner or tablecloth. Add matching tablecloths, melamine dinnerware, and serving pieces that would make our founding fathers proud. Fill vases with gorgeous white flowers that are in season, then tie red and blue ribbons around the vases to bring the whole look together. Making it an evening event? Be sure to have LED tea light candles scattered throughout the dining area to add a pretty glow once the sun sets. Tie together handfuls of sparklers with ribbon as fun party favors to put at each place setting.


Patriotic Bunting

Decked-Out Décor

Show your patriotic side loud and proud with 4th of July bunting along deck railings and hang old glory in a prominent place. Strings of starry lights underneath umbrellas or covered patios add a sparkling touch to the celebration as it heads into the evening hours. Mason jar lanterns add ambiance wherever you place them, from lining stair steps to adding to table décor to hanging in key locations to add a nice glow. A rustic deck cooler with a touch of Americana style does a grand job of setting the mood while serving the practical purpose of keeping everyone’s drinks cold.



Uncle Sam Patriotic Decorations

Show Your Patriotism

Now’s the time to pull out those patriotic decorations and let them set the stage for your family gatherings. Whether it’s a whimsical Uncle Sam greeting guests on a foyer shelf or a bird house adorned with stars and stripes hanging from a nearby branch in the front yard, just one little accent can set the right mood.


Backyard Games

Spirited Backyard Traditions

What makes your 4th of July must-do list every year? Traditions play an important part in our celebrations. Does everyone anticipate fireworks or backyard sparklers? How about traditional family games—a backyard game of football, three-legged races, water balloon dodge ball, catching fireflies. Starting new traditions is always fun too. Try hanging a white sheet to create a makeshift movie screen for your own backyard drive-in movie fun. Looking for more inspiration on backyard fun? We have the whole scoop here on the best backyard games.

4th of July Red, White & Blue Wreath

Meet and Greet

Don’t let all your decorating skills go toward what is happening in your backyard or patio. Be sure to give your front porch a salute to the holiday as well. Hang a festive wreath on your door, hang old glory in an official flag stand, and add a few decorative accents nearby to set the mood. Want a few more ideas? We have dedicated an entire article to give you tips and tricks for a patriotic front porch.


Outdoor Patriotic Decorations

Create Your Own Patriotic Outdoor Display

Set flag-inspired pinwheels spinning along your front path, swag patriotic bunting across your porch or fill solid-colored red, white and blue flower buckets with blooms that explode with USA colors on their petals. You’re sure to get oohs and aahs. (Be sure to slip a handheld flag in each one too, then let the kids decorate their bikes with them later on for the neighborhood parade!)


Porch with a red picnic table set with Patriotic theme, wreath on the door, hanging candles, potted geraniums on the floor.

All the Fixin’s for Your Perfect 4th of July Menu

Of course, you must have plenty of all-American food on hand when you’re celebrating the nation’s birthday. You can’t go wrong with traditional favorites: watermelon (sliced or cut into stars with cookie cutters), hot dogs, burgers, and potato salad, just to name a few. Fire up the grill and celebrate the nation’s birthday with family and friends!

Comments (1)

What a great post! I love every single idea. The patriotic table is a must, of course, and those recipes are also super interesting. Thank you for the post!

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