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This list of 25 crafts and activities for Fourth of July will keep you, your guests, and your kids entertained long past the fireworks.

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The patriotic celebrations are coming soon, and it’s time to plan some activities!

Every Fourth of July, I try to find one or two things to keep my kids busy while they’re waiting for parties to start, or for it to be dark enough to light fireworks.

This list of 25(!) activities and crafts for July Fourth should be plenty to do for all of us!

Pick one or two favorites and enjoy your holiday. xoxo

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Crafts and Activities for Fourth of July

If you’re looking for fun crafts or activities that are festive, entertaining, and totally doable, you’ve come to the right place.

Customize any of these projects to fit your celebrations or your guests! If you have younger kids, there are plenty of ides for them to try.

Firecracker Piñata

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A piñata that’s ready to blow! Making this firecracker piñata for the Fourth of July is half the fun. The other half is breaking it open!

Image and project from Oh Happy Day

Downloadable Sparkler Packs

I created these downloadable sparkler packs over a decade ago and they still get downloaded hundreds of times every summer! It’s a super fun way to make sure all of your guests get sparklers on July 4th, and makes a great project for kids to help put together.

Red, White, and Blue Cork Flag

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Start saving your wine corks! Kids can complete almost this entire Fourth of July activity all by themselves, with just a little help at the end to assemble everything. The result is not just a cool craft but pretty decor as well.

Image and project from Rediscovered Families

Bike & Trike Decorating Activity for Fourth of July

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I especially love this bike and trike decorating activity if you’re headed to a Fourth of July parade or family bike ride! Get balloons, streamers, stars — anything that feels patriotic and dress up your wheels.

Image and project from Studio DIY

Calm Down Jar Activity

kids with calm down jars

If your kiddos are a little too wound up while they’re waiting all day for fireworks, set up a station to create calm down jars. Use glitter in colors and shapes that evoke Independence Day to give it a Fourth of July spin.

Marshmallow Popper Fourth of July Activity

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These easy-to-make marshmallow poppers are the type of activity that will keep kids entertained and grownups chuckling. They’ll love making them and they’ll love playing with them all day long.

Image and project from Mama of Minis

July Fourth Paint Spin Craft

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I love the old school feel to this paint spin craft! I can remember making similar crafts as a kid, and I always loved how they turned out. Use the red, white, and blue paint spin creations to make a garland or hang as decor.

Image and project from Kids Activity Zone

Patriotic Tie Dye Shirts for the Family

make tie-dye shirts for fourth of july

This tie dye technique uses shibori-inspired ideas to make super cool patriotic tie dye shirts. No color mixing here — just red, white, and blue shirts that everyone in the family will want to wear. You could also use this technique on tote bags, fabric for garlands or bunting, and more.

Rocket Confetti Popper Activity

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This simple Fourth of July activity is similar to the marshmallow poppers up above, but perfect for confetti! Make these if you’re having a large crowd and orchestrate a moment in your celebration where everyone makes their confetti rain down.

Image and project from Martha Stewart

Foil Bunting

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I love this idea because you can take the technique and apply it to any paper that you have on hand! Make this bunting using construction paper, coffee filters, doilies – anything! This is a perfect craft for kids to try on the Fourth of July.

Image and project from Damask Love

DIY Fourth of July Headbands

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I can just imagine everyone getting in on this Fourth of July activity, from kids to grandparents! Set out a tray of supplies and let friends and family craft their own July Fourth headbands. The more festive, the better!

Image and project from Kid Made Modern

Ribbon Wreath

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Ribbon is one of the most satisfying materials to craft with because projects like this Fourth of July ribbon wreath come together so quickly! You can teach kiddos this technique and pretty soon they’ll be creating this wreath on their own.

Image and project from A Beautiful Mess

Sensory Bin Activity

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What kid doesn’t love a sensory bin? Kids of all ages will enjoy getting their hands into a sensory bin with a Fourth of July theme. Use red, white, and blue Play-Doh along with other items like large beads, figurines, scoops, and more. Just be sure that children who are young enough to ingest the items are closely supervised for safety.

Image and project from The Mindful Toddler

Surprise Ball Activity

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Surprise balls are fun for so many occasions, and a Fourth of July surprise ball is extra cool! Fill the layers with items like party poppers, baggies of confetti, small toys, and little candies to make unwrapping it a major treat.

Image and project from Studio DIY

Fourth of July Beaded Bracelets

Create a beading station and let all of the Swifties (or anybody!) in your life make patriotic beaded bracelets to celebrate July Fourth! Use fun phrases like “Happy Fourth” or “Fireworks,” and see what other great ideas your kids or friends come up with.

Woven Placemats

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If you’re having a sit-down meal, put your kiddos in charge of making the placemats! I think using this modern, cool woven pattern as inspiration is a great place to start.

Image and project from The House that Lars Built

Rock Painting Activity for Fourth of July

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I love the idea of letting everyone in your family, or each guest if you’re having a party, paint a rock using the Fourth of July as inspiration! Set them out all together to make a fun display or let each person take theirs home.

Image and project from Creatively Beth

Printable Fourth of July Tattoos

Free printable Fourth of July Tattoos

When I hand my kids a sheet of temporary tattoos, they’re entertained for a good long time! Have some of these printable Fourth of July tattoos on hand for parties or just hanging out and let kids decorate themselves.

July Fourth Bingo

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This is a perfect activity for Fourth of July to keep kids engaged and entertained! Print out some of these July Fourth Bingo sheets for kids or guests and let them mark off the spaces as the day goes on. Even better — take it on a walk around your neighborhood and see who gets bingo first!

Image and project from Studio DIY

Tassel Garland Craft

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Bring the fireworks inside with this spangly DIY garland! Kids will love to help make the tassels and hang it for decor.

Image and project from Dream Green DIY

Fourth of July Rainbow Kids’ Craft

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This one is great for littles! Let them smoosh paint around to their heart’s content, and cut their painted papers into patriotic rainbows. They look adorable hanging around the house.

Make Fourth of July Flags

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These cool pennant flags are such great craft and decor inspiration! You could set out materials (paper, pens, paint), and let your kids design their own flags. If you love these exact pennants and want to use them in your celebrations, you can also purchase them here.

Idea from Thread Mama

Popsicle Stick Star Garland

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It doesn’t get more classic than popsicle stick crafts! Kids can paint and put together popsicle stick stars, and assemble them into a garland with a bit of help. Hang proudly for some Fourth of July decor.

Image and project from Eryn Whale

Fourth of July Sunglasses Activity

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If you or your kiddos are having friends over for the Fourth, grab some supplies to let guests make their own patriotic sunglasses! They can customize them with alphabet beads and take them home as party favors.

Idea from C and Co.

Printable Bomb Pops

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The classic Bomb Pop makes a pretty cute illustration! Print out these popsicles and use them as cake toppers, or let your kiddos cut them out and create a fun popsicle garland.

Image and project from Merriment Design

Star Garland

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I love how this garland looks and I think it would be so festive hanging over a piano, a bar cart, or a mantel! Create this garland craft and decorate for Fourth of July.

Image and project from Tell Love and Party