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4th of July Activities so Fun Your Kids Will Forget the Sparklers

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Wholesome 4th of July entertainment ideas that don't include booze or fire, but are still super fun

I remember 4th of July the year I was 5 years old very vividly. I had a 14-year-old uncle who loved him some fireworks and, long story short, our day ended with a roof fire, a firetruck and some EMTs. Memorable? Totally. But not exactly what childhood dreams and wishes are made of.

Look, 4th of July fireworks are a totally nostalgic part of one of the best holidays — but when there are kids involved, sometimes it's best to keep everyone entertained without any Whistling Willies or Piccolo Petes.

We've got plenty of other wholesome ideas to keep the whole family occupied that are so fun, no one will even miss the sparklers. We'll just leave the big fireworks to the professionals.

More: 10 Affordable Destinations That Are Perfect for 4th of July

From crafts to games to food and more, check out our list.

Fourth of July crafts

Wholesome 4th of July entertainment ideas that don't include booze or fire, but are still super fun
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In the days leading up to Fourth of July, get crafty with your kids. These Fourth of July crafts are easy to make and plenty of fun. If you are hosting a Fourth of July get-together, you can also set up a craft table and have all the kids make crafts during the party.

Fourth of July games

Wholesome 4th of July entertainment ideas that don't include booze or fire, but are still super fun
Image: Kevin Kozicki/Getty Images

Invite all your neighbors and friends over to spend the afternoon having fun in the sun before the fireworks begin. From water balloon dodgeball to Pin the Hat on Uncle Sam, all the kids (and adults too) will love these Fourth of July party games.

Originally published June 2012. Updated June 2017.

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