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Besides fireworks there are many ways to enjoy summertime fun on Independence Day. This guide contains 4th of July party ideas.
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July 2, 2009

On the Fourth of July, we try to do a lot of activities that include our family and friends; cooking out, covered dish dinner, making ice cream in the old fashioned crank freezer, or having a watermelon cutting. These activities can be enjoyed by the young and old.
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If we choose to make ice cream, those who have freezers bring the ice cream mixture in their freezer container. Those who don't have freezers bring bags of ice, the hostess provides the salt. It is best to have about 5 or 6 freezers, with a different flavor in each. It is so much fun to watch the small kids try to crank the freezer! Most of them have never done this before, and look forward to making ice cream.

Everybody brings lawn chairs, or a quilt. We look for the shade, moving as it changes during the day! It is a good excuse to tell the funny stories about family and friends, and relieve them each year. You know the kids are listening when they beg for the story about when "Great Aunt Nettie sat down on the couch, and sat on a crochet hook and had to go to the ER, and the hook was stuck in her girdle! " Oh my, the kids 3 generations down are still laughing about that story!

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When there are a lot of little children, tell them to bring their tricycles, wagons, or bikes with them. Provide crepe paper streamers, flags, horns, whistles, ribbons,cardboard and clothes pins for the bike wheels, and what ever Fourth Decorations you can find at the $ Store. Let them decorate their "vehicles" and have a parade down the street. Oh my how they love to do that. Some of them even decorated the dog last year!

Water balloons are fun for the kids and the dads, too! It is usually so hot in July that it feels good to get wet a little. If you want to, you can get inexpensive squirt guns at the $ stores, too.

As for the watermelon feast. You know there has to be a seed spitting contest, too! Give small prizes, or find Medals at the $ Store for the winner. Who says that fun has to be expensive?

By Barb in Knoxville, TN

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July 5, 20090 found this helpful

This sounds like so much fun! I wish I was at your fourth of July celebration! Now I can't wait until next year to try out some of these ideas.

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September 25, 20160 found this helpful

4th of July Party Food Ideas

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This is a guide about 4th of July party food ideas. The 4th is a great holiday to make some fun and colorful food items in addition to the typical summer fare.

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June 22, 20052 found this helpful

Instead of buying throwaway, light plastic tablecloths, spend a few dollars more and get a flannel-back table cloth (about $5) for seasonal parties. I got 3 of them for a 4th of July party a few years ago and bring them out every year for Memorial Day and the 4th of July. I also got a big package of dishcloths, white with red and blue threads in them, and wrapped them around flatware and tied with a ribbon or raffia. The dishcloths made great napkins, and I just threw them in the washer and stored them with the tablecloths.

By Linda

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July 4, 20050 found this helpful

I'm looking for about 20 round and square "4th of July" table cloths for the American Home in Vladimir, Russia. (www.serendipity-russia.com)

We are trying to get ready for the AH's 15th anniversary in 2007. So far all we've been able to find are rectangular cloths with a 4th of July design.

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July 2, 20080 found this helpful

Salad served in Uncle Sam hat.

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I picked up this Uncle Sam hat in the dollar store. They had matching ice buckets, so it dawned on me that putting the two items together would make a nice presentation for the Fourth of July!

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June 28, 2005

An American flag showing the stars and stripes.

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Planning the hottest Fourth of July party ever? Hot dogs, hamburgers, chips and drinks will tickle your guests' tummies, but how about tickling their senses, too? Here are some great tips for transforming your party into an explosive celebration.

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June 27, 2008

This is a great game for the 4th if July. All you need is 2 towels, 4 people and some water balloons! 2 people hold on th the short ends of a towel and place the water balloon in the middle. They fling it up in the air and let the other 2 people catch it in their towel

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June 28, 2010

I am having a July 4th wedding. I need help with color schemes! Everywhere I turn all I'm getting is red, white, and blue, but that is not what I want. I need suggestions for a beautiful July 4th wedding, that does not look like an American flag bridal party.

By Beth from Hershey, PA

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June 28, 20100 found this helpful

How about choosing white and either blue or red? Both red/white and blue/white look crisp and fresh; and will give a nod to the flag, without looking too cliche.

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June 28, 20100 found this helpful

How about silver and gold. Think of sparklers, fireworks and you could make it festive without quite so patriotic. You could add small touches of red, white and blue just to pull it all together if you want, but think the other would be great.

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June 29, 20100 found this helpful

I would conveniently forget the holiday and do your wedding, in whatever color you want to! July is summertime too. When I think of summer, I think of sunshine and green grass. Yellow and green? They have some awesome shades of green out there right now.

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June 29, 20100 found this helpful

You could take a spin off of it and use a country blue, cream or maroon wine color.

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June 30, 20100 found this helpful

Look for the colors of flowers that will be in bloom at that time and use those for some of the colors. This will also save some money especially if you can use flowers from friends' gardens or your own. Good luck:)

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June 16, 20050 found this helpful

My name is Nathaniel and my son is having a fourth of July party and its supposed to be huge! We have a pool and it's a boy/girl party. What should I do?

Nathaniel

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July 3, 20050 found this helpful

One idea would be to make ice cream cake cones. Using an inexpensive cake mix, prepare as directed and pour into flat bottomed ice cream cones. bake on a cookie sheet. frost with fluffy frosting. Little boys love this!

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July 3, 20050 found this helpful

One idea would be to make ice cream cake cones. Using an inexpensive cake mix, prepare as directed and pour into flat bottomed ice cream cones. bake on a cookie sheet. frost with fluffy frosting. Little boys love this!

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June 24, 20060 found this helpful

If your son is at all into baseball get him a Zip N Hit.

I guarentee the boys will be waiting in line to use it.

You can see it and get it here! They sent it really fast. the best $25.00 you will ever spend.

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June 24, 20060 found this helpful

Have a designated POOL WATCHER adult at all times. Even kids who know how to swim can drown!

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June 27, 20060 found this helpful

In the past when we have had 4th of July parties, there is a lot of kids swimming. To make sure the young and old have a good time we hire a lifegaurd. I put an ad in the paper and ask for CPR trained lifegaurds. They must have all the credentials though (finished all lifeguard courses). I've gotten some great teens that are happy to sit by the pond and just watch the kids and eat for free too. I pay them $10 an hour. It's much cheaper than the thought of having someone drown and have that to live with forever. Good luck and have fun.

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