July 4th Fun

Patriotic wind socks
Alison Miksch
Celebrate America's independence with festive crafts, activities, and snacks!
Heather Weston
Heather Weston

Patriotic Petals

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

Star Power

These picnic-perfect snacks are packed with vitamin C.

Jim Franco
Jim Franco

To Dye For

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

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.

Heather Weston
Heather Weston

Wheely Cute

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

Miki Duisterhof
Miki Duisterhof

Berry Cool

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

Bob Stefko
Bob Stefko

Fun Field Trip

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

Heather Weston
Heather Weston

Super Star

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

Heather Weston
Heather Weston

Kooky Cap

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

Frances Janisch
Frances Janisch

Better BBQ

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

Sweet Drink

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

Miki Duisterhof
Miki Duisterhof

Blueberry Crumble

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

Heather Weston
Heather Weston

Sparkler Sticks

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

Alison Miksch
Alison Miksch

Fly the Flag

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

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