Ideas for a July Fourth Extravaganza

July Fourth is the perfect occasion for refreshing treats and outdoor fun. Find delicious recipes and simple craft how-tos to inspire your patriotic party.

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Festive Flags

Alison Miksch

Festive Flags

Show your pride this Fourth of July with these decorations. Hang a homemade wind sock in red, white, and blue, and let your spirit fly!

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Pomp and Parfait

Robert Jacobs

Pomp and Parfait

Kick off the holiday with your family by whipping up these individual treats. Stocked with healthy seasonal fruit and a spoonful of sugary goodness, this parfait is perfect for breakfast or dessert!

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Fire-cracker Snack

Cathy Cook

Fire-cracker Snack

Celebrate Independence Day with this healthy all-American appetizer. Your kids will be clambering for these amber waves of grain.

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Red, White, and Blue Bites

Kathryn Gamble Lozier

Red, White, and Blue Bites

This jar of M&M munchies are a great addition to any buffet and doubles as a candy centerpiece. Stick some prideful pinwheels in for some extra pizzazz; $1 partyamerica.com.

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Go for the Glory

Kate Mathis

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 full-size version of this childhood classic.

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Holiday Headgear

Heather Weston

Holiday Headgear

Before the parade passes by, be sure to dress for the occasion. This cute crown completes the perfect outfit for the celebration.

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Flowery Flags

Heather Weston

Flowery Flags

For a more feminine touch to celebrate our country's forefathers, craft these red, white, and 'bloom' barrettes.

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Lady Liberty

David Roth

Lady Liberty

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

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Bandana Banner

David Roth

Bandana Banner

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

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Patriotic Pops

July 4th Patriotic Pops

Patriotic Pops

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Stars and Stripes Forever

David Roth

Stars and Stripes Forever

This quick and easy recipe transforms fresh fruit into delectable dessert pops.For each pop, cut a slice of watermelon 1-inch thick into a star shape with a 3-inch size large star cookie cutter. Then, cut out its center with a 1 ¾-inch size star cutter. Use the small cutter again to shape a 1-inch-thick slice of apple. Cut a small hole in the center of the apple slice and place a blueberry inside. Assemble the fruit pieces as shown in the photo, then slide them onto a bamboo skewer. For added flair, cover the skewer with a striped paper straw.

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Canned Goods

David Roth

Canned Goods

Partygoers will have a blast with this July Fourth 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!

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Stately Symbol

David Roth

Stately Symbol

Ignite the holiday spirit in your guests from the moment they arrive. This themed wreath will be great to reuse every year.