It's time to start planning the details of your annual 4th of July cookout, and we're here to help. We've rounded up the most fun, crowd-pleasing 4th of July party games to keep adults entertained and kids happy. After all, what's a backyard barbecue without a few water balloons and a cornhole set? The way we see it, if you're going to be spending time in your beautiful backyard with guests, you might as well pull out all the stops to ensure that they have a good time. Even if you're pretty sure your crew is more likely to bring the festivities indoors (whether because of bad weather or preference), there are a few options here for that sort of party too, from patriotic 4th of July themed bingo cards to a red, white, and blue photo booth that can be set up right in your living room. If competitive fun, laughter, and bonding is your goal, these games are where it's at. (And once you've finished browsing our picks, round out the rest of your event by checking out our favorite grilling side dishes, best popsicle recipes, and most Instagram-worthy 4th of July desserts too.)
What's 4th of July without a water balloon fight? The genius design on these balloons allows them to fill up in a matter of minutes, and all at the same time too—so you're always just a hose spray away from an epic, watery showdown. "Just buy them," notes one happy customer . "You won't regret it. Your kids will love you. You ever fill up 100 water balloons with a beer in your hand? I did."
This vintage-inspired cornhole set isn't just easy on the eyes and super fun to use; it's also beautifully handcrafted using solid wood. Even the bean bags are state of the art: They're all-weather.
The premise behind these scratch-off "dare cards" is pretty simple: Hand a few cards to guests as soon as they arrive at your party or place them at each table setting, then watch as guests tackle their dares. Each card is different!
This handmade, old-fashioned game brings together rubber stamping and hand-lettering for a final look that's irresistibly whimsical. Your kids will love reusing it each year on the 4th.
Here's a game that's similar to cornhole, but can be purchased at a fraction of the price. It's fun for kids of all ages and grown-ups too.
A veritable steal at just over $7 for a pack of 12, these beach balls are a welcome addition to any backyard party—not just on the 4th of July, but all summer long.
This traditional lawn game is an excellent way to teach your kids hand-eye coordination skills (and math skills too, if they're willing to play scorekeeper!). It's ideal for one to four players.
Featuring 24 unique bingo cards for those bigger parties (as well as caller chips, calling cards, and game instructions), these adorable Independence Day themed sheets will be the talk of the party. The best part: Everyone already knows how to play!
Less of a game and more of an activity, a photo booth is an excellent way to get kids and their parents engaged in your party.
Okay, this one's not for the kids, but we think it could be a necessary addition to your party anyway. Guests of age will love playing pong on this oh-so-patriotic table.