Are you planning a party for Independence Day this year? Throwing one for your family and friends can be a wonderful, fun experience that creates fabulous memories. Here's how to throw an unforgettable July 4th party kids will love.
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Party games and activities
While you don't necessarily need games, having one or two planned will keep kids busy and having fun during your party.
Judy Woodward Bate's family always does a big celebration for July 4th since there are two family birthdays that day. One of their standards for kids fun is having an Independence-themed scavenger hunt. "One fun thing is a scavenger hunt for kids. Pair the younger with older kids and make the hunt patriotically themed, as in: 'An old fable says that George Washington chopped one of these down. While this one's still standing, you'll find your next clue sitting at the bottom of it,'" says Bates.
You can also have the children organize and perform their own play about Independence Day or the Declaration of Independence. Have a costume box on hand to help with their creativity.
Another option is to set up a beading station where kids can make bracelets and necklaces with a selection of star beads, red, white and blue beads and whatever else tickles your fancy. Have the adults take turns manning the station to assist kids with their creations. If the parents don't mind, you can also light sparklers with the kids. However, it's important that you explain safety rules before lighting them.
Party favors for a July 4th party are a cinch. You will need lots of small American flags, some glow-in-the-dark bracelets or necklaces and maybe some lollipops. You could also hand out red, white and silver bead necklaces.
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