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Fourth of July Games

Updated on May 22, 2010
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4th of July games

The Fourth of July is a day of independence which represents a day for family gatherings. Most people will gather with family or friends on this holiday. You could have a barbeque and enjoy each other’s company, and then watch a fireworks display. The day can get long and boring though as you wait for dark fall and the fireworks display. So how do you fill those long hours and keep everyone entertained? Hopefully some of the ideas below will help fill up those long hours with fun and adventure.

The Games


Lawn Darts

This game is a classic and in my opinion—timeless.  All you do is buy the game and set it up.  You can divide into two groups or four depending on the size of your guest list.   The object of this game is just like horseshoes; you throw darts instead of horseshoes and try to get as many as possible in the center.  This game alone can provide hours of entertainment for the whole family.  If you don’t like lawn darts there’s always horseshoes.

Sidewalk Art

For this game you need to have enough people for two groups of two or more plus your judges, so you need to have at least six people at your 4th of July party.  Step one of this game is to make sure you have sidewalk chalk in the house.  Next you’re going to want to divide your party into two groups of two, and chose who are to be your judges.  The best judges are usually the elders of the family, whoever that may happen to be.  With each team having a complete set of sidewalk chalk they start to draw.  You can either time it or have them spend as long as necessary on their creation.  I would recommend a timed event though, to make it more interesting and fair.  The object is to draw the most patriotic picture they can.  When the time is up, the judges will come forward and determine who the winner is.  The winner would, of course, be the group with the best patriotic picture, the most red, white, and blue used; and it would have a flag in the picture.


Obviously you know what a parade is, but here’s the kicker…this parade only involves your family and friends.  Ask each guest to bring their bicycles and decorate them with streamers and other Independence Day type decorations.  Once everyone is there you can have them start the parade at the end of the block and ride down the sidewalk to your house.  If you live in the country you could adjust this to whatever fits your needs.  Have the spectators give candy to the parade participants and then have someone determine which bike is the most “Patriotic” and award that person with something cool. 

Who has the most patriotic bike?
Who has the most patriotic bike?
the greatest family game ever.
the greatest family game ever.

Other Games


Guessing Game

The objective to the guessing game is to fill a jar with some kind of patriotic candy and have your guest take a guess at how many pieces are in the jar.  Everyone can be involved except the one that filled the jar, as this person will know the exact number because they counted how many they put in the jar.  Whoever guesses the closest is the winner and wins the jar of candy.  It is a fun game to add a little bit of excitement.

Other great games/things to do while waiting for the Fireworks.

There are a lot of things that can be done to pass the hours while you and your party are waiting for the fireworks display.  Some suggestions are:

1.      Volleyball.  You can purchase a net and ball from Wal-Mart or sporting goods store and if your group is large enough you can have a great time playing this game.

2.      Badminton .  This is also a fun game to play that requires the purchase of the equipment, racquets and shuttlecocks and net.

3.      You could go swimming at a local lake if that option is available or a river, maybe even at a local pool.

4.      You could play an indoor board game if you want to be inside.

The games to play while passing time are endless but these are just some suggestions if you run out of ideas.  I like to play some of these games with my family, and we also like to have a barbeque.  The fourth of July is a wonderful holiday and one of my favorites so please enjoy your time with friends and family while you celebrate our countries independence. 

Remember to apply sunscreen and to drink water to prevent burns and dehydration.  Safety should always be foremost in any endeavor you take on. 

Thank you for reading.

© 2010 by Wesley Cox. All rights reserved. Copying without permission is illegal and will be prosecuted.


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      8 years ago from Back in Texas, at least until August 2012

      Granny's House, Textbroker is a pick and choose type of site, you choose what to write about from their selection and write it. It is pretty easy and fun to do. Thank you for reading.

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      Granny's House 

      8 years ago from Older and Hopefully Wiser Time

      wes, nice to meet you. I read a comment y ou wrote on Susana S hub. You said that you write for textbroker. What do they do give you a product and you write an ad for it?

      Thank you for the game ideas. They will be useful

    • wesleycox profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Back in Texas, at least until August 2012

      AIM: Thank you for the comment, I just put together some idears to make the fourth of July a little less boring I hope. Thanks for reading.

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      Army Infantry Mom 

      8 years ago

      This is Awesome !!! I love the chalk game idea and the bike parade. Great idea's and well put together,.. I appreciate the work you put into it !!!


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