We all might be celebrating Fourth of July differently this year but there are lots of fun ways to enjoy Independence Day and practice social distancing at the same time. Easy, and inexpensive to pull off, these ideas are perfect for getting everyone out of the house and into the yard.
Appeal to the golfers with this easy game. Divide a bag of jumbo marshmallows into thirds. Keep 1/3 white, and dip 1/3 into a bowl of water with red food coloring, and the remaining 1/3 into a bowl of water with blue food coloring. Set the marshmallows aside to dry and find a tee and some golf clubs. Hit the marshmallows off the tee and mark each spot the marshmallow lands. Whoever can drive the marshmallow the farthest wins!
Watermelon eating contest
Cut watermelons into fourths or wedges and lay them on a table. Contestants have to keep their hands behind their backs while they attempt to devour their slice of melon. First one to finish wins the contest!
Fourth of July jar
Fill a large fishbowl or jar with red, white, and blue candies and challenge everyone to guess how many candies are in the bowl. Put a pen, paper, and an empty basket beside the bowl for the names and guesses. And then the winner gets to take home the whole container of goodies!
Drive-by bike parade
Organize an Independence Day themed neighborhood drive-by bike parade where participants cruise the street on their decorated bikes.
Encourage neighbors to sit in their driveways at the designated parade time and play patriotic music as the riders pass by on their red, white, and blue bedecked bikes.
Red, white, and blue concentration
Have everyone sit in a circle. The first person names something red, the next names something white, and the next something blue. Each time someone repeats or can’t think of anything, they’re out!
Patriotic Pictionary or charades
Put a patriotic spin on these classic games by using your own index cards and writing famous American heroes and places.
Water balloon catch
Fill up a bunch of red, white, and blue water balloons, find two colanders, and divide into two teams. Each team picks one person to “catch” the balloon in the colander. The catchers each hold a colander on their heads and stand several feet away from their teams.
Teammates take turns tossing the water balloons in the air while the catchers try to catch their team’s balloons in the colander.