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7 Wholesome 4th of July Games for Kids That'll Make This Year One to Remember

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These backyard games are what childhood 4th of July memories are made of

The 4th of July is such a nostalgic holiday for so many reasons. Even as adults, it conjures up memories of hot summer days barbecuing with family and playing outside. You can easily help re-create those same types of happy memories for your own kids by simply organizing some fun backyard games on Independence Day.

From water fights to classic watermelon seed spitting contests, we've got seven outdoor games to get your party started.

1. Water balloon dodgeball

These backyard games are what childhood 4th of July memories are made of
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Break the kids into two equal groups. Kids can throw the balloons at each other or team up and use a towel as a slingshot to catapult the water balloons. If you get hit, you are out of the game. The last child standing is the dodge balloon champ.

2. Bust 'em obstacle course

These backyard games are what childhood 4th of July memories are made of
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Fill large balloons with water and place them at the end of an obstacle course. Have children race through the course with the last feat being they have to pop one of the large water balloons by sitting on it. The race itself can be a traditional obstacle course, a three-legged race or a sack race.

Next Up: Summer squirt tag

Originally published June 2012. Updated June 2017.

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