Last Minute 4th Of July Celebration Hacks For Families

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I want a simple Independence Day party this year if I can talk Superman into having one.  We haven’t had a get-together on America’s birthday in years. Here are the easy and fun 4th of July celebration hacks I’ll be using for a stress-free shindig (you can too).

Last week, I shared the best 4th of July destinations.  But what if you want the BEST 4th of July celebration at home? Here are a few hacks for patriotic touches, simple food, games, and a whole lot of laughter! Let’s get started, shall we?!

July 4th Celebration Hack #1: easy decorations

What’s a Fourth of July party without the American Flag flying somewhere?  I love a simple flag pole on my front porch post.

It’s fun to make the 4th of July homemade decorations. If you just want to buy ready-made decor, Hobby Lobby and The Dollar Tree have cute affordable ones.

I want to make this 4th of July rag wreath with fabric that I already have. Don’t you think it’s adorable?

Hacks for the BEST 4th of July celebration at home!!!

4th of July Celebration Hack #2: simple food

The second biggest hack if you are having a last minute 4th of July celebration is to keep the food simple. Don’t want to grill a meal? Let your guests know that it’s an ice cream party or dessert party and they’ll know exactly what to expect. It’s your party so you can do what you want!

Place those cute mini flags into your easiest brownie recipe or cupcakes. Voila! You’ve got stress-free desserts.

Put together an American Flag fruit platter and/or American Flag veggie tray.

4th of July Celebration Hack #3: fun activities 

If the weather is right and you don’t have a pool, go old school and let the kids play in a cool sprinkler or slip n slide. For the indoor time, let the littles have 4th of July books, and coloring fun, and games of their own. The adults and teens at the party can play classic games like Uno, mini foosball, or Apples to Apples.

Mini Air Hockey & Foosball

As a society, we now feel like everything needs to be “Pinterest-worthy” and fancy. Not me and not your guests (remember, my mind is stuck in Mayberry)?! Let’s get back to old-fashioned Summer fun with the ones we love and quit stressing about the details.

We’ll follow our party up with the best 4th of July destinations for fireworks.

Hacks for the BEST 4th of July celebration at home!!!

So what do you think? Are you having a simple, 4th of July party?

I’d love to hear about it in the comments.


Published on HuffPost, Okefenokee Living Magazine, and more, Shan is a Family Travel Journalist with a passion for helping women lose the overwhelm of planning family-friendly trips in the south. She shares travel reviews & insider secrets that Women REALLY want to know about Georgia, Florida, & the Carolinas vacations.

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  1. Olivia Stacey
    June 29, 2017 / 10:18 am

    Thanks for the great advice for a successful Fourth of July celebration! The holiday weekend crept up on me, so I will be definitely be putting some of your tips into action.

    • Shan
      June 30, 2017 / 4:22 pm

      I’m so glad it helped, Olivia! Thanks for letting me know. Have a fun holiday!!!


  2. Dori
    June 29, 2017 / 11:41 am

    I think keeping things simple for July 4th celebrations is a great idea! After all, I know I want to just chill, drink my summer cocktail and have fun with my family and friends! Great suggestions you’ve posted here. Thanks for sharing!

  3. Kate | The Organized Dream
    June 29, 2017 / 2:07 pm

    These are great ideas! I love that cake! I have a 4th of July blog post as well. I would love for you to stop by!
    You can find it on the main page. 🙂

  4. Lynn Woods
    June 29, 2017 / 2:43 pm

    I definitely agree with you on the simple decorations. Less is more!

  5. Rachel Ritlop
    June 29, 2017 / 9:22 pm

    Love this post! I can’t wait for The Fourth of July!

  6. Melissa
    June 30, 2017 / 7:06 am

    I love all these ideas! My mother in law’s birthday is also on the 4th of July so I need some good simple ideas for a long fun day of celebrating!

  7. Melissa Disco Bumblebee
    June 30, 2017 / 12:08 pm

    Love the idea of using the little flags. So simple, but so cute!

  8. Maggie Unzueta
    July 1, 2017 / 2:21 pm

    So much fun. Love all your ideas for the 4th!

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