15 Fun 4th of July Games the Whole Family Will Love
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Get your red, white, and blue on with these playfully patriotic games for all the family.
The Fourth of July is a day for celebrating America, family, friends, BBQ, and, of course, 4th of July games. President Biden has earmarked this Fourth of July as the goal date for the country’s reopening after the pandemic. If everything goes to plan and if the efficient vaccine rollout continues, this Independence Day will truly be a freedom party to remember!
If you’re hosting a party this year, you’re probably looking for great 4th of July ideas. Whether you’re planning to gather with friends and family in a backyard or park, on a beach, a balcony, or even in your living room, we’ve got 4th of July games for every group. If you’re feeling musical, why not break out some 4th of July songs? And if there are children attending, you can’t go wrong with fun 4th of July crafts. Wherever you’re celebrating, these 4th of July games will keep everyone from kids to adults entertained and feeling the freedom! Get your red, white, and blue on with some playful patriotic fun.
This fun American flag edition of the classic 4th of July game comes with eight red and blue beanbags. Perfect for a lawn or the beach, your guests will have a blast with this Stars and Stripes cornhole set.
Fourth of July bingo
Great for kids and playable both indoors and out, this 4th of July game is a fun activity for all the family. This patriotic bingo set can support up to 32 players and comes with calling cards and game instructions. You could also create your own with some construction paper and stickers.
Red, white, and blue tag
You’re it! Another game perfect for kids (or those who are young at heart), especially those who’ve been hitting the dessert table. Start by creating an equal number of red, white, and blue tokens (try thee squishy stars, linked below!). Each competitor gets one, and the aim of the game is to be the first to collect a token of each color by tagging others.
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You’ve heard of the card game Snap, now how about the patriotic version? This U.S. Presidents pack of cards features Presidents one to 44 (Washington through Obama), and the kings of each suit are the four presidents immortalized at Mount Rushmore: George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, and Theodore Roosevelt. To play Snap, take turns drawing cards face up onto a central pile. If you see a President, yell “Snap!”
Pin the hat on Uncle Sam
Another 4th of July game that works well indoors, this patriotic iteration of “pin the tail on the donkey” will have everyone giggling. This printable download allows you to print as many hats as you like, and write each person’s name. Then, all you need are some pins and a soft scarf to blindfold the player!
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Red, white, and blue magnetic dart game
This sturdy patriotic dartboard comes with magnetic darts, making it safe for kids to use (although adults will love it too!). Test your math skills and hand-eye coordination with a quick game of Cricket or Around the Clock. Winner gets a popsicle!
DIY Uncle Sam hat competition
This is a fun 4th of July game to keep guests busy while you try to light the grill. Create a craft table with scissors, glue, construction paper, glitter, or ribbons, and have everyone create a classic Uncle Sam hat. This also makes a great photo op!
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State facts matching card game
The ideal mix of patriotism and learning, this fun card game from Scholastic is filled with useful knowledge such as state locations, capitals, and facts. Kids will enjoy learning trivia about all 50 states, while adults will have their knowledge tested!
Patriotic paddle-ball competition
This one might bring back memories for some of us! These cute paddle-balls come in a variety of patriotic designs. Set a timer, and who can keep the ball going the longest! Winner gets a cupcake.
Fourth of July candy guessing game
This is a classic, and makes for a great 4th of July game. Fill a jar or a bowl with candy (Hint: a one pound bag of these red, white and blue Hershey’s kisses = 100 pieces). Leave a piece of paper and pen next to it for people to write their names and guess the number of kisses in the container. The closest guess wins the jar!
Red, white, and blue name game
This is another flexible game that works both indoors and out (good to have in hand in case of rain!). The first person names something red, the second names something white, and the third something blue, and on to the next. Anyone who repeats or takes too long is out!
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USA UNO card game
You know the classic UNO card game, so get your red, white, and blue on with this patriotic version for the perfect 4th of July game. With landmarks such as the Statue of Liberty, Route 66, and (of course) a majestic bald eagle, you’ll be shouting “U.S.A.!” instead of “UNO!” when you win.
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Stars and Stripes Tower
This patriotic version of giant Jenga is a perfect lawn game. Stack the pieces high, then carefully remove them without knocking the tower over! Or, if you’re under 12 years old, knock it over and enjoy making a big mess. Up to you.
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Ticket to Ride board game
One of the most fun board games around, this classic edition of Ticket to Ride has up to five players building train routes across America. Another 4th of July game that works for indoor or outdoor parties, this board game combines geography with a celebration of the age of American rail.
Red, white, and blue ring toss
A classic 4th of July lawn game, the ring toss is beloved by kids and adults alike. With eight rope rings, four red, and four blue plastic rings to throw over five wooden pegs, you can combine patriotism with friendly competition. It also comes with a storage bag for portability.
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