14 of the Best Family-Friendly Activities to Do on the 4th of July

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Celebrate Independence Day by making unforgettable memories with your whole family. We've rounded up the best ideas for 4th of July activities, from picnics to parades.

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Create 4th of July Cocktails

Show off your bartending skills by mixing some patriotic cocktails in honor of the U.S.A.

Check out our easy 4th of July cocktail recipes.

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Make an Unforgettable Dinner

It's America's birthday, which calls for a special meal to celebrate. Whip up an incredible multi-course dinner for your family that both kids and adults will enjoy.

Check out our epic 4-course July 4th menu ideas.

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Invite the Neighbors Over for a Pool Party

Get all your friends and their kids together and cool down in the water on the hot summer day. If you don't have a pool, head over to your local public pool for some free fun, or make your own with a stock tank or even wooden pallets.

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Go for a Family Picnic

Grab your and head for the nearest patch of grass. Whether it's in your backyard or a local park, it's the best time of year to enjoy a simple alfresco meal with your family. (Hey, maybe you can even convince your kids to turn off their cell phones!)

Get our best picnic recipes.

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See a Fireworks Show

Have a blast this 4th of July by finding a community fireworks show to watch. If you won't be able to see any fireworks from where you're spending the holiday, sparklers are always a good idea, especially for the kiddos.

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Take a Trip to Washington D.C.

Want to teach the kids about our nation's history? There's no better place to learn than Washington, D.C. You can visit museums and attend the to take in the fireworks.

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Bake a Red, White, and Blue Treat

Show your patriotic spirit by whipping up some tasty stars and stripes desserts. It's a fun way to get your kids helping in the kitchen if you're baking for dozens of guests.

Get our Festive 4th of July Desserts.

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Attend a Local 4th of July Parade

Round up the troops and head down to Main Street, wearing your best red, white, and blue threads to watch your town's 4th of July parade.

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Take a Trip to the Nearest Lake or Beach

Don't feel like staying in town for the 4th of July? Head to your favorite lake or beach—there's nothing like spending a day off relaxing by the water!

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Watch a Hot Dog Eating Contest

might just be one of the most American 4th of July traditions out there. If you can't make it to Coney Island in Brooklyn, New York to see the contest live, the event also airs on ESPN on July 4—or stage a family hot dog eating contest of your own in your backyard!

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Catch a Baseball Game

Take your family out to the ballgame! Summer days and baseball games go hand-in-hand, and whether you live in a major metropolis or a small town, chances are you're never far from a baseball game. Even though it's a holiday, major and minor league baseball teams still have games on the 4th of July.

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Make DIY Decorations Together

Decorate your entire home (inside and out) with DIY red, white, and blue decorations. Get the whole family to pitch in and make their own statement piece.

Check out our easy 4th of July crafts.

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Host a Barbecue

Invite friends, family, and neighbors over for the ultimate backyard barbecue. Get decked out in red, white, and blue, and make patriotic dishes that your guests will love.

Get our best grilling recipes.

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Enjoy S'mores Around a Campfire

Head to the great outdoors, but don't forget to pack ingredients to make s'mores around the fire and underneath the stars.

Check out our favorite campfire recipes.

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