It’s that time of the summer again, the 4th of July. And you know what that means! Fireworks, backyard BBQs, and beers with friends. But what to do in between? Here is a list of July 4th activities that will keep the kids entertained, and the adults honest. Read on for some ideas this Independence Day.

”I always have the most fun on the Fourth of July. You don't have to exchange any gifts. You just go to the beach and watch fireworks. It's always fun.” - James Lafferty

The Beach!

Try out the beach this summer!
Party at the beach this 4th! Source: Beach Colony

There’s plenty to do at the beach! What better way to celebrate the nation than with a salty sea backdrop. Aside from sunbathing and swimming, there are lots of activities that you can do, whether by yourself, as a group, or a romantic two-person outing. Here are some 4th of July activities for adults and kids that you can do on the beach!

  • Take a walk
  • Go for a bike ride
  • Have a cookout
  • Fly a kite
  • Set up a picnic
  • View the fireworks
  • Collect shells
  • Play catch
  • Watch a movie outdoors


Fireworks are held every year!
Be sure to get there early for a good spot. Source: City

Of course there will be fireworks on the Fourth of July. It’s an American tradition to light up the sky with bright colors and loud noises that astound audiences. In fact it might be one of the most traditional 4th of July activities that Americans celebrate. So scope out the best place to watch them with friends and family. Alternatively, if they’re legal in your state you can put on your own light show.

Water Cruises

Or maybe a cruise to shake things up
Perhaps a cruise could be a new tradition? Source: Goldstar

Ever try celebrating an American holiday while on a boat? Go on a cruise this 4th of July and spend the time at sea. This can be in honor or our maritime military branch. Cruises are great as long as you don’t get seasick! This is just one of the many fun things to do on fourth of July.

Arts and Crafts

Or you can stick the 4th of July arts and crafts
Good old arts and crafts. Source: Buggy and Buddy

Other fun July 4th activities to do with kids are arts and crafts. Some are even downright educational. When you’re entertaining little kids who love cardboard and construction paper, there’s always something fun to make. Here’s a list of some activities you can do with minimal supplies.

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