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10 Easy Backyard Games for the Kids to Play This 4th of July

What was your most memorable Fourth of July? Was it a trip the whole family took to explore a new city or national park? Were you watching fireworks at the lake? Were you at an amusement park? Wherever you were, whatever you were doing, the most likely common thread in all of our lasting memories is that we were surrounded by family and loved ones.

From ring tosses and sack races to a DIY backyard bowling game, here are 10 outdoor games to get your Fourth of July backyard party started — and keep it going through the night.

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1. Gunny sack races

Gunny sack races DIY

Is anything more classic than a backyard gunny sack race? Take some time before the party to DIY these red, white and blue pillow cases.

2. Rainbow hopscotch

Rainbow hopscotch DIY

This fun, colorful hopscotch game is incredibly easy to make and provides hours of playtime for the kids.

3. Balloon game

Balloon game DIY

With just some paper plates, red and blue balloons, popsicle sticks and red, white and blue paint, the kids will have themselves a fun balloon game to play.

A version of this article was originally published in June 2012.

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