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Fourth of July games for kids

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Family fun on Fourth of July

Your kids will have fun in the sun on Fourth of July with these party games! From water balloon dodgeball to squirt gun tag to a watermelon seed spitting contest, your children will surely enjoy Independence Day even before the fireworks display caps off the night.

With the summer heat, water games are a fun option for kids for a Fourth of July party. Even if you don't have a swimming pool, you can have a lot of water fun with these party games.

1. Water balloon dodgeball

Family fun on Fourth of July

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

Family fun on Fourth of July

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.

3. Summer squirt tag

Family fun on Fourth of July

The old-school game of tag gets kicked up a notch with squirt tag. One or two children are armed with a spray bottle or a water gun. If you get squirted, you are "it" and take over the sprayer.

4. Ice cube and spoon game

Family fun on Fourth of July

Everyone knows about the Easter game where you try to carry an egg on a spoon across the lawn. This Fourth of July, switch things up and trade out the egg for a small water balloon or an ice cube.

5. Watermelon seed spitting contest

Family fun on Fourth of July

One of the best foods of the summer — watermelon — can be a focal point of your Fourth of July party with a watermelon seed spitting contest. Be sure to have a tape measure on hand so you can accurately measure the distance of the spitted seeds.

6. Pin the stripes on the flag

Family fun on Fourth of July

Create a Fourth of July version of Pin the Tail on the Donkey with Pin the Hat on Uncle Sam or Pin the Stripes on the Flag. These blindfold games are always fun for young kids. Search for images online and print out the pictures from your home computer, or have them printed at a print shop.

7. Lawn games

Family fun on Fourth of July

Of course, all the traditional lawn games are fun for a Fourth of July party too. Consider croquet, badminton, bocce, mini golf and more. A volleyball game with beach balls or water balloons is also a fun idea for both adults and kids.

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