4th of July

For kids, July 4th is a fun-filled day of red, white, and blue. See a parade, enjoy classic picnic foods, and be sure to plan to stay up late for fireworks. Here are tips and ideas to make this holiday fun and safe for everyone.

How to Make a Refreshing Greek Watermelon Salad

Try this kid-friendly twist on a classic Greek salad. It's like summer in a bowl!

Summer Backyard BBQ

Nothing says summer quite like the smoky-sweet flavor of a backyard BBQ. Here are some cool ways to beat the heat and fuel summer fun. It's time to grab your tongs, fire up the grill, and get cooking!

Make a Paper Star

These hanging stars may look store-bought, but they're a cinch to cut and fold. Make red, white, and blue stars for a patriotic front porch display!

10 Ways to Teach Kids to Love America

Now is a great time to explain to your children what makes our country so special. And if you're inspired to jump right in, we've got a list of great kids' books about the U.S. and lyrics to some grand old patriotic songs.

Fun July 4th Ideas!

Celebrate July 4th with this collection of great games, decorations, crafts, recipes, and more -- all perfect for an Independence Day party!

12 Patriotic Things to Do This Summer

Have some all-American fun with these just-right-for-summer ideas.

Firecracker Flags

Show your stripes (and stars) with twirly paper wind socks.

Festive Flags

Show your pride this Fourth of July or Memorial Day with these all-American decorations. Hang homemade wind socks in red, white, and blue, and let your spirit fly!

Fourth of July Parade Decorations

Call the neighborhood kids and deck them out in all things July 4th. A festive motorcade will get everyone in the mood for fireworks and hot dogs!

Parade Coloring Book Page

Strike up the band and color away!

July 4th Confetti Popper

Instructions for making a colorful Fourth of Julyconfetti launcher.

July 4th Lady Liberty Crown

Instructions for making a Fourth of July crown from craft foam.

Fun Fourth of July Picnic Ideas

Declare your independence from a hot grill this July Fourth. Gather the gang for a make-ahead meal and games, then spread your blanket, kick back, and focus on the fireworks.

Fireworks Safety Rules and Tips for Families

Even the most harmless-seeming fireworks (yep, sparklers!) can send a child to the ER. Keep your family safe this July 4th--or any time you want to enjoy some fireworks--with this important advice.

Bandana Banner

No celebration is complete without appropriate decor. This holiday garland and matching placemat will kick off your July Fourth feast. Consider these crafts your declaration of independence.

Fourth of July Parade Stick Craft

Celebrate July 4th with these glittery, star-spangled batons.

Go for the Glory

Set up a friendly competition with this tossable tic-tac-toe. Perfect for a block party or an afternoon barbeque, the kids will love the life-size version of this childhood classic.

Stars and Stripes

Color the U.S. Flag white for purity and innocence, red for hardiness and valor, and blue for vigilance, perseverance, and justice. (Or whatever colors your kid's creative mind decides!)

Lady Liberty

Nothing is more iconic on July Fourth than The Statue of Liberty. Wear this simple headpiece as a badge of honor.

Canned Goods Can Toss

Partygoers will have a blast with this fun carnival game, crafted from tin cans. Known as the "rocket toss," each player gets three tries to knock over the pyramid. Let the games begin!

13 Patriotic Recipes for Holiday Parties & Potlucks

Upgrade your classic American fare with these delicious dishes perfect for every patriotic holiday whether it's the 4th of July or Memorial Day!

5 Creative Hot Dog Toppings

In a summer cookout rut? Put aside that ketchup, mustard, and relish and try your hot dogs topped with these 5 clever combos!

Tips For Gluten-Free Summer Cookouts

Video courtesy of Nationwide Children's Hospital.

July 4th Patriotic Pops

Instructions for making a fruity Fourth of July treat.

5 Easy Grilled Summer Salads

We'll show you how to create a delicious summer salad that's easy to fix -- plus, your kids will love it!

5 Fun Crafts for the 4th of July

Get ready to rock your block party this Fourth of July! Gather friends into your star-spangled backyard for a day of silly costumes, serious lip-syncing, and macaroni necklaces. Let the fireworks begin!

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