July 4th Fun

Celebrate America's independence with festive crafts, activities, and snacks!

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Patriotic Petals

Heather Weston

Patriotic Petals

Red and blue paint transforms layered coffee filters into big blooms.

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Star Power

Star Power

These picnic-perfect snacks are packed with vitamin C.

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To Dye For

Jim Franco

To Dye For

Round up the whole family and make celebratory t-shirts in the backyard.

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No-Ice-Cream Cone

No-Ice-Cream Cone

This no-melt cone is perfect for sweltering summer parties. Strawberry puree and toasted coconut add sweetness, so the kids won't miss the ice cream.

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Wheely Cute

Heather Weston

Wheely Cute

Deck out bikes, trikes, and scooters with streamers and fun fringe and stage an Independence Day parade on your street.

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Berry Cool

Miki Duisterhof

Berry Cool

Chill out with a sweet snack made from pears, blueberries, and low-fat yogurt.

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Fun Field Trip

Bob Stefko

Fun Field Trip

Celebrate neighbors who give back by taking a trip to your local fire station.

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Super Star

Heather Weston

Super Star

String this simple star from straw segments and beads to add patriotic flair to your home d?cor.

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Kooky Cap

Heather Weston

Kooky Cap

Turn a roll of duct tape into this celebration-ready hat.

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Better BBQ

Frances Janisch

Better BBQ

Grilled chicken is a lighter alternative to classic BBQ fare. Serve it up with beans, salad, or baked fries.

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Sweet Drink

Sweet Drink

Hydrate with a cool glass of strawberry lemonade garnished with fresh fruit.

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Blueberry Crumble

Miki Duisterhof

Blueberry Crumble

This dessert is chock-full of seasonal summer fruit. Serve warm with a dollop of vanilla ice cream.

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Sparkler Sticks

Heather Weston

Sparkler Sticks

Attach tinsel or curly ribbon to the end of a dowel to make a baton that looks like a firework.

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Fly the Flag

Alison Miksch

Fly the Flag

Decorate with stars and stripes by displaying this firework-themed windsock on the front porch.

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