Fourth of July: 10 Fun Party Games

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This Independence Day invite your friends over for a picnic filled with patriotic games. Here are a few traditional favorites and new ways to enjoy this summertime holiday.

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1. Red, white, and blue tag

Give each competitor one token of each color and when the whistle blows, the game starts! Challenge players to be the first to gather one red, one white, and one blue token by tagging other players.  This game is perfect outdoor fun for young kids.

2. Patriotic balloon pop

Put a note inside inflated red, white, and blue balloons and place them around the party area. Guests pop the balloons to find out if they win a prize.

3. Independence Day bingo

Perfect for indoor or outdoor fun, print out free patriotic Bingo cards online or design your own using construction paper and stickers. Give away small prizes to winners for extra fun.

4. Costume contest

Ask guests to come dressed in their favorite patriotic attire for a costume contest. Give top prizes for patriotism and creativity.

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5. Uncle Sam hat competition

Set up a card table with safety scissors, glue, star cutouts, construction paper, cotton balls, glitter and tape and have guest create their own Uncle Sam hat.  After everyone is done, have a parade of Uncle Sam hats and let the party decide on the winner. Partygoers in their newly-made hats will make the perfect photo-op.

6. American history competition

Challenge guests to a little bit of history trivia. Compile facts about U.S. history and divide guests into four teams. The winners get to be the first to the dessert table!

7. Revolutionary War scavenger hunt

Set up and plan your very own patriotic scavenger hunt. Give guests clues to search for mini-versions of a Liberty Bell, Declaration of Independence, soldiers, flags, and more!

8. Fourth of July jar

Fill a large fishbowl or jar with red, white, and blue candies and challenge guests to guess how many candies are in the bowl. Put a pen, paper, and an empty basket beside the bowl and have guests place their names and guesses in the basket. The winner gets to take the whole container of goodies home.

9. Bike decorating competition

Perfect for block party fun, have kids and families decorate their bikes with an Independence Day theme — streamers, flags, bike spoke beads. Winners get year-round bragging rights!

10. Baseball game

Start up the fun with America’s favorite pastime! Serve hot dogs and peanuts to spectators.

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