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Games Ideas for 4th of July

Small but enthralling ideas of various games are compiled together and are demonstrated on this page. These easy-to-play games would keep you busy on the special day of American Independence Day.

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Games Ideas

Balloon Game

Play this game to relay a balloon down a line of people.

Use red, white and blue colored balloons and tell the participants that they will have to use their hands and legs to pass the balloon down the line.

Create two teams, and tell them to stand up in straight lines. The first person will get a balloon and put it between his/her legs and then will pass that balloon to the next person standing in the line using his/her leg. That person will take the balloon and pass it to the next person by putting the balloon over his/her head. Again that third person will put the balloon between his/her legs and pass it to the next person like that.

Continue the game until the balloon completes the entire path down the line. For a small group, it is required that the balloon should pass down the line and back again before declaring a winner.

Flag Tag Relay

Everybody gets to carry the flag in this Fourth of July relay parade.

What You Need

  • Buckets of sand
  • Small American flags


  • Set up the race by dividing the group into 2 or more teams. For each team, arrange a bucket of sands containing small American flags for every teammate and keep them on the far side of the racing ground.
  • The first kid from each team starts racing to the appropriate bucket, takes a flag, marches back to his/her team very quickly and sends the next person. Running is not allowed in this game.
  • In this way the game continues until all the members of a team have returned with a flag in their hand. At the end of the day, let all the kids take their flags back home.

Egg and Wooden Spoon Race

You need:

A few raw eggs (either plain or decorated with paints),
Four wooden spoons
Two team flags.


For each team, set a flag, about 5 yards away from the starting line of the racing ground. Each team should stand in single line behind the starting line and opposite to their respective flags. At the whistle, the first kid from each line starts racing around his team's flag balancing an egg on a spoon and then returns to transfer the egg onto another spoon held by the next teammate. That player starts racing to the flag, and the first runner hands his/her spoon over to the third person. The race continues until one team finishes the course. Any player who drops an egg must run back to the starting line for another egg before resuming.

Guessing Game

The game is popular for any occasion.

You need:

  • Peppermint candy (Red and white stripped).
  • Blue and red ribbons.
  • A candy jar.


Count the total number of the peppermint candies and put them in a large jar, decorated with blue and red ribbons.
Let people guess the number of candies in the jar.
The winner is the person who reaches closest to the number without going over, gets that candy jar.


You might get a large box of assorted fireworks if you're having them at your home.
You may choose the person for the next firework by playing a simple game or asking some trivia questions.
There is another idea too. You may tell people who want to pick the next firework to dance in a crazy and silly manner when music is played in the background. Someone will be designated as the judge. The person, who will be able to dance in the craziest and silliest manner, will be declared as eligible to pick the next firework.
Unless there are more fireworks than people, each person only gets one opportunity to pick fireworks.


One of funniest activities on 4th of July is a parade with decorated bikes, scooters and the like.

Ask everyone who joins the party to decorate their bike or scooter or other items in patriotic theme. In the party you may arrange a contest like “the best decorated bike”, “the best decorated scooters” etc.