As a child, the 4th of July was one of my very favorite holidays (after my birthday and Christmas, of course). I remember dreaming about the fireworks show the night before, waiting with giddy anticipation for the grilled fare, and spending the entire day outside with family and friends. We watched the parade every year and I vividly remember dodging the other kids in hot pursuit of my favorite candies. Now, a parent myself, I love planning my own kid-friendly 4th of July activities to keep my daughters as excited about the holiday as I was.
Whether you have the same fond connection to the holiday as I do or not, there's no doubt that kids love the 4th of July. From the free candy to the fireworks to the endless potential for crafts and games, our nation's birthday is seriously fun to celebrate.
These activities aren't complicated. In fact, there so simple that you could probably do all 15 of them in one day. Or, if you like to plan ahead, make a few things the day before, so that they're ready to enjoy the next day. No matter how you and your family is celebrating, these activities will be sure to keep your kids occupied and in the 4th of July spirit all day long.