4th of July Fun~ A Round Up of All Things Patriotic

Busy moms, I've rounded up some of the best ideas for you to make this 4th of July extra special! 


1. Food + Drink




Firework Fruit Kabobs are such a great way to practice fine motor skills with your little ones, and have something yummy {and healthy!} to eat. Stringing the blueberries onto the wooden stake is similar to stringing beads. Both actions are working your little one's fine motor skills! These star kabobs are super easy to make with watermelon and blueberries. Read more and get some tips on how to make these cute kabobs from the Baby Bump Diaries.


This is honestly one of the best desserts I've ever had, and it's pretty easy to make! The little interns love dipping the Oreos in milk and lining the dish and helping me make this yummy dessert! I also love anything I can make the night before! Check out the recipe for the Strawberry & Blueberry Icebox Cake from Live, Love, & Sugar.









How cute are these Kid-Friendly Patriotic Punch drinks? While we may want something a smidge stronger to celebrate with, the kids can feel special with their own celebratory drinks!

2. Activities

Whenever we have a cookout or a birthday party, I like to have a couple of special activities to include to keep everyone busy and happy. 

These wands and crowns were from the June Creigh-ative Kid Kits, and were the perfect activity to do earlier in the day and bring along to the fireworks.

We also did the Firework Dance, which the little interns LOVE. This was also part of the Creigh-ative Kid Kits, and can be done at home or while waiting for fireworks!


3. What to Wear

Check out these great finds from Apple & Pear Wardrobe Design~ lots of great options for cookouts and firework-watching outfits. These items are great for looking patriotic + not ridiculous {something I usually try to avoid!}

4. Fireworks


Read all about my tips for surviving the fireworks with little ones. It can be a total disaster with kids being scared or late-night meltdowns. This guide has lots of tips from personal experience!

Local friends, if you are looking for fireworks in Northern Virginia, check out Dulles Moms’ post covering every Independence Day Celebration!

5. Photographing Fireworks

If you want to try to get a few good photos of your local fireworks display, check out lots of great tips for using your iPhone here.

If you're super adventurous and want to use your DSLR camera for your fireworks display, I definitely recommend making sure someone else is in charge of your kids! This guide from Picmonkey is very comprehensive, but helpful!

What are your 4th of July traditions?! I would love to know in the comments!

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