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Free Fun Downloads for the Fourth of July

Updated on September 23, 2017
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Happy Fourth of July

Make a red, white and blue cake.
Make a red, white and blue cake. | Source

Free fun is always fabulous to find. The Fourth of July should be a fun-filled day of picnics and fireworks. I was flummoxed to read how many communities may have to cancel their festivities due to failure to find funding.

To help the families in these communities, I decided to scour the web and find some free fun people can share with their friends and families.

Activity Village Has Fun Crafts For the 4th of July

Have a raft race for the kids. All it takes is some popsicle sticks, a little play dough, and some paper. Activity Village even has flags you can print out for this craft. The kids can blow through straws if there is no wind to be had.

Patriotic sun visors is something every kid wants, although, until they make their own, they may not realize it. Once they make their own sun visor they will play with them for hours. Some will want to wear it, some will want to smack others with it. It's all in a day of good fun!

If your children are a little older, they may enjoy the Statue of Liberty torch craft. It a little more complex. They can also make the Statue of Liberty crown and take turns seeing who is the best Statue of Liberty.

You Too Can Put On a Parade

Parading Uncle Sams

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Care.com Caringly Shares Crafts

Care.com has several suggestions on making this Fourth of July memorable. I love the suggestion of counting red, blue and white fireworks. Make it a contest and see who comes closest to Mom's count. At least it should keep the little ones interested until the end of the show.

How about making your own parade. Have the kids in the neighborhood dress up their bikes for the 4th. Then let them parade down the block. If some do not have bicycles let them join the parade walking. Have a contest for the most patriotic bike.

Make a fireworks balloon. This seems very easy. Care.com recommends using an air pump to fill the balloons. You just pour some patriotic sparkly confetti in the balloon and blow it up. Instant fireworks inside the balloon. I really want to try this one.

Bingo

Everyone loves Bingo!
Everyone loves Bingo! | Source

DLTK-kids.com Has Some Great Suggestions

Have a game of Bingo during your picnic. Kids love Bingo, in fact everyone loves a game that allows them to jump up and yell a funny word. This site has 4th of July themed Bingo templates that you can print in color or black and white. Add a few inexpensive prizes and you have a new family favorite!

There are also 4th of July word search games, word mining games and word ladder games. All of these will help the kids have fun and stay out of trouble. Word mining is when you make different words from a phrase such as "Fourth of July". You make words using the letters in the phrase, you can make the word "foot" for example. Word ladders are when you change one word into another word by changing on letter at a time. For example you can change "flag" into "four".

You can get directions on making "Festive Book Marks". These include an option to have the Pledge of Allegiance printed on the back. Make a "Flag Bag" for the kids to put their Bingo prizes in. Or you could try the "Doorknob Hangers" or the "Fourth of July Fold Out Greeting Cards".

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Holidays.net Catch Your Fireworks Here

If your town is foregoing a fireworks display this year, go to this site and watch their firework display. Sit everyone down after dark and oohhh and aaahhh over these fabulous fireworks. It may not be the biggest or brightest display you have ever seen, but they are fireworks. What is the Fourth of July without fireworks?

This site has a very ingenious "Uncle Sam" craft you make with a small stick or twig. The older kids will love this. First have them go and forage for their stick, then they can paint it into Uncle Sam. Some cardboard and felt will complete the look. This will be something they can keep for years.

They also have a slew of recipes available. BBQ everything, burgers, chicken, pork, seafood, veggies, and more. Desserts like "Mom's Apple Pie" and "US Flag Cake". Different types of picnic salads, marinades and appetizers are also highlighted.

Patriotic Rocks

Pet Rocks
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Enchantedlearning.com Has Some Enchanted Inspirations

Remember the pet rock? This great site has instructions on making a "Patriotic Rock". First have the kids find a suitable rock. Then paint it. What a wonderfully simple idea! Kids really love items they make themselves and this is one that will stand the test of time. I think that when they get to choose their materials, as in choosing the perfect rock, they feel more ownership in it.

Pinwheels are so much fun. You will learn how to make a "Patriotic Pinwheel" using paper, a pencil and a thumbtack. This site includes complete instructions to make a pinwheel. It does advise this craft for older children because thumbtacks are being used.

You can get a neat "Fourth of July Activity Book" that will give the kids hours of activities. They also have instructions for making you own "Fireworks" using dark construction paper, glitter and glue. I really like the "Penny Pendant". There are many more here also. Most of these crafts seem best for school-aged children.

Uncle Sam

Uncle Sam wants you to have fun!
Uncle Sam wants you to have fun! | Source

Fun.familyeducation.com Fun and Family, A 4th of July Favorite

Can you, like I, remember making things out of cardboard egg cartons? This site has the cutest "Uncle Sam" made from an egg carton. Some construction paper, yarn, glue, paint and egg carton will give you an "Uncle Sam" you will love. Make a craft and recycle, the best of both worlds!

There is a "Patriotic Torch" you can make from construction paper and crepe paper. The kids will have fun making it and even more fun waving it around. If you have boys, I am sure it will become part of a "sword" fight!

There are printouts to make "Patriotic People" mobiles and a "Patriotic" mobile from pictures of the Flag, Statue of Liberty, Liberty Bell and more. You will find instructions on making a "Patriotic Hat". They describe how to make a "Stars and Stripes" picture that seems pretty foolproof.

One note: You will need to sign into this site to print the printouts. However, it is full of good information for families.

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Have Your Best Fourth of July Ever!

I hope these links help you to have the best Fourth of July celebration ever! Even if your town is having festivities, get the kids in the neighborhood together and have your own parade. It is the fun things that you do with your children that will live in their memories forever. They may remember the fireworks, but they will never forget the parade.

Kids love to be creative and crafts are a wonderful outlet. They create a sense of pride in one's self and increase confidence and competence. Your child will become more secure in their self when they create things. Always be sure to praise the finished product and never compare one's to another.

I want to wish everyone a safe and fun Fourth of July this year. Enjoy, have fun and make memories.

(**Remember, fireworks are fun, but they can be dangerous. Make sure you supervise their use. Kids often learn through their mistakes, but we want to keep them safe. I have known a few people in my life who lost fingers or a hand from playing dangerously with fireworks.)

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      Tristan 

      6 years ago

      Something fun to watch 4th of July related..

      http://duggal.com/connect/get-connected/baldev-dug...

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      amurbach 

      7 years ago from Arizona

      Nice collection of 4th of July activities. I looked at the 4th of July Disney video that was at the Holidays.net site and it got me thinking that we may spend next 4th of July at Disneyland. Thanks for the inspiration.

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      Kari Poulsen 

      9 years ago from Ohio

      lxxy, Well, maybe not for everyone... :D

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      lxxy 

      9 years ago from Beneath, Between, Beyond

      Its sites like these that remind everyone...the internet just isn't for pr0n. ;)

    • k@ri profile imageAUTHOR

      Kari Poulsen 

      9 years ago from Ohio

      Hawkesdream, I'm glad you liked it and will be able to use the information. I thought the rock idea was excellent. So simple, but so much fun!

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      Hawkesdream 

      9 years ago from Cornwall

      We don't celebrate 4th July as you do, but I appreciated all the ideas that I can adapt to other festivities...liked the adopt a rock and painting it idea .

    • k@ri profile imageAUTHOR

      Kari Poulsen 

      9 years ago from Ohio

      R Burow, Thanks so much, I am glad you like it! I just wanted people to know there were alternatives to the town celebrations!

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      R Burow 

      9 years ago from Florida, United States

      Lots of great fun here. No excuses not to celebrate.

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