If you’re planning to host a 4th of July party, one of the necessities is to entertain guests. It may be tough when trying to figure out what may be amusing to both the young and old. I’ve come up with ideas that I believe will be good for a great time and many laughs. The 4th of July is meant to be fun and celebrate, so don’t miss out on exciting games – after all, no one likes to attend parties only to end up sitting around sulking in boredom!
Red white and blue balloon toss – You will need:
– Red, white, and blue water balloons and a hose to fill them.
You will need to make at least 1-2 balloons for each 2 people attending. The more you make the more rounds you will be able to play.
The game will begin by setting up individuals into pairs of two. The teammates will stand roughly a foot apart from each other (standing face to face). You will need to line everyone up evenly so that you can see straight down the middle. One side will begin with the balloon and toss it to their partner. Each time they perform a full cycle of tossing back to the person who it originally began with, the teammates will each take one step back. Each time someone drops their water balloon they are out of the game. The last team still tossing their balloon wins the game!
It’s a great way to have a blast, and cool off at the same time.
Red white and blue cream pie race – You will need:
– Whipped cream (shaving cream may also be used if desired, however, whipped cream should color better, and it’s tasty!)
– Red and blue food coloring
– Aluminum pie plates (with no crust)
You will begin by filling two large bowls with 2/3 of your whipped or shaving cream. In one bowl you will add red food coloring, and in the other you will add the blue. Mix well until the white has completely changed in coloration.
You will then add your red cream into 1/3 of each pie plate, then the white, and last the blue (this will fill the whole pie plate with red, white, and blue).
The game is a race and will require a starting, and finish line. You will group your guests into pairs of two, binding their one of their legs each together at the ankles. This is similar to a “3 legged race”.
Once each pair is ready, you will have them both lift their hands (palms up) using their arms on the side with their tied ankles. One pie will be set on top of their palms. The aim of the game is for the teams to race to the finish line (while tied together) without dropping their pie. The first team to make it with the pie still in their palms will win the game!
Pin the stars on the flag – You will need:
– White poster board
– Red and blue markers
– A smaller white poster board
– Silver glue glitter
– Tape (for the back of your stars)
You will begin by using the large white poster board and designing an American flag without the stars. On your smaller poster board you will cut out many star shapes (Not too small so it is easier to hold in your hands). Using the silver glitter glue you will color each of the stars and let them fully dry.
This game is similar to “pin the tail on the donkey”; except in this case you will be “pinning the star on the flag”.
Place your flag up onto a wall and have guests assemble into a line. One by one you will blindfold them and spin each person around 3 times. At this point they will have a star in their hand and will have to find their way to the flag and stick the star where they think it should go. Guests are not allowed to touch around on the poster board. They must only hold the sticky side of the star outward.
The person who has the star closest to where it should be will win the game! Due to their being an area for many stars, by using this method you may have more than one winner. If you’d prefer to change it up a bit, you may switch it to “pinning the stripe on the flag” and have them try to pin the ‘missing stripe’ in its rightful spot. You may write each person’s name onto their stripe so it will be easier to keep track of who is closest.
4th of July Limbo – You will need:
– Any type of long rod
– Red, white, and blue ribbon
– Music (if available, I recommend some sort of themed music with a beat for the occasion.)
Wrap your rod with the red, white, and blue ribbons so that the colors twist around it. Then prepare your music.
You will need two people to hold the rod, one on each end. Your guests will then line up in a row and one by one attempt to bend backwards to avoid hitting the rod as they move beneath it. After each person has gone the rod will slightly lower – making it harder with each round to bend backwards and pass through.
The person who lasts the longest without falling wins the game!
Make your party one to remember. Don’t be afraid to entertain your guests, sometimes it takes being a bit bold to show everyone what it’s really like to let loose and have fun!