Summer is served… Ideas for 4th of July Fun!

Summer is served… Ideas for 4th of July Fun!

It’s 75 degrees and sunny… you have the day off of work, the grill is on, hamburgers are flipping, and everyone is dressed in red, white, & blue. Yep, let freedom ring because the 4th of July is here! It’s one of our favorite holidays, as we get to celebrate our independence and enjoy quality time with our family and friends. Make your day unforgettable with these ideas for 4th of July fun!

Slip ‘n Slide 









Escape the summer heat and keep the kids occupied all day with a homemade slip ‘n slide!

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Tarp
  • Pegs (to hold down the corners of the tarp)
  • Running Water
  • Soap (preferably one safe for your eyes)
  • Inflatable Tubes (optional)

Make Themed Cupcakes

The party doesn’t start until the sweet treats arrive! Add some food coloring to your favorite cupcake mix, or make them from scratch. Be sure to get the kids involved with the decorating! Theme it up, add an American flag, some blue frosting, or some colorful sprinkles!

Sparkler Photography – (Light Painting) 

Practice your photography skills with your 4th of July sparklers! Try out this photography technique, in which you use long exposures to creating a “painting” with a light of your choice. Wait until the sun sets, grab a sparkler (or even a flashlight), and get painting with your friends (be sure to grab a tripod so that you can get involved, too)! The exposure can vary, depending on what you’ll be painting – start with about 10 seconds, and then once you get it down, challenge yourselves with a 30-second shutter speed. Spell out “U.S.A.” or create your own fireworks for the ultimate Instagram post. Be sure to use #QALOring!

What you need:

  • Sparklers
  • DSLR camera or point-and-shoot camera
  • Tripod (preferable)
  • Friends!

How to:

  1. Set the low shutter speed on your camera to achieve an extra long exposure time.
  2. Grab friends with sparklers.
  3. Have your group identify what drawing or words they’d like to make!
  4. Start drawing and snap the photo.
    • “Draw it as many times as you can while the shutter stays open. Drawing slowly creates a thicker sparkler line, while quicker drawing creates a thinner one.”

It may take a few tries but after a couple practice rounds, it gets really easy and more importantly, really fun!

4th of July Quiz

Think you could be on Jeopardy? Think you’re the smartest one in the family? It’s time to find out! Create an American History-themed quiz for everyone to participate. Try a challenging one with the adults, or an easier one with the kids! Include some prizes, like gift cards or movie passes, to make the game a little more interesting. If you don’t feel like making your own quiz, we’ve got you covered! Check out this one:





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