4th of July Party Guide

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The party guide helps plan a themed 4th of July event with ideas, tips in the food departments, creative crafts, and clever conversation chats, menus, recipes, cookies, cakes and food labels. Free printable games, puzzles, place name cards and coloring pages.


The 4th of July is a festive holiday, one that should be celebrated with a bountiful abundance of patriotic music.

A traditional 4th of July party, one perhaps attended by military veterans, governmental representatives, etc., should come complete with classic anthems and patriotic songs that reflect the American spirit. A playlist for this type of party could include:

The Star-Spangled Banner by Francis Scott Key
America (or My Country Tis of Thee) by Rev. Samuel F. Smith
Hail to the Chief by James Sanderson
Stars and Stripes Forever by John Philip Sousa
America the Beautiful by Katharine Lee Bates and Samuel A. Ward
A more contemporary 4th of July festivity, one attended by children, young people, and those who just love to party hearty on the Fourth, deserves its own special playlist; one filled with modern tunes that capture the fun and high spirits of this rollicking holiday. This playlist could include:

Proud to Be an American by Lee Greenwood
Party in the USA by Miley Cyrus
Independence Day by Martina McBride
We’re an American Band by Grand Funk Railroad
American Girl by Tom Petty
Born in the USA by Bruce Springsteen
Besides great music, no 4th of July party would be complete without a full selection of party supplies. These could include eagle sculptures, American flags of various sizes, wall hangings, faux florals in hues of red, white and blue, and even an American flag tie that, when pressed, plays the National Anthem, tableware, candles and jewelry in these colors, dolls and beanie bears emblazoned with flag symbols, teddy bear soldier figurines, starbursts, etc. Creative tip: Make sure to put a stamp on all invitations that are to be mailed in a timely fashion. Sending out save-the-date cards is extremely important as the holidays approach and guests have a number of social engagements to attend. Plan ahead by including at start time for the day and if needed include a reasonable end time as well.

Celebrate the 4th of July in style by using homemade party supplies for the occasion. It is important to plan when gathering party supplies for any celebration. Simple ideas are generally the best and the most visually stunning party supplies.

Handmade party supplies for a 4th of July celebration can include red, white, and blue wreathes, patriotic buckets, homemade red, white, and blue paper lanterns, USA banners, American flag window paintings, patriotic cutouts (stars, Uncle Sam hats, Democratic Elephant, Republic Donkey), stencils, and stamps. Take patriotic stencils and stamps and decorate anything from the tablecloth, banners, to paper bags. Stencils and stamps are nice for children because they all children to create their very own handmade party supplies without using messy paint.

A handmade banner, along with other 4th of July party supplies, will welcome party guests appropriately. Use a large sheet of white paper and paint. Another way to make a banner is by taking red, white, and blue pieces of construction paper, cutting them in triangles, and writing a message using one triangle per letter etc. Homemade 4th of July party supplies will get all those who make them into the spirit of this all important holiday. Research different banner types (and other 4th of July party supplies) to ensure this 4th of July banner is the best ever


Alright then lets get ready to make a 4th of July Theme Cake to celebrate the country’s independence day. Here is a run down of party supplies that will be needed to make this cake. Starting with two white cake mixes, eggs, oil and water to get started. Next pickup whole strawberries and blueberries as they will be used on top of the cake, plus some white frosting. First steps preheat the oven and follow the directions on the cake mixes, baking them separate in extra large rectangular pans. While the cakes cook, cut all the strawberries into half, after being cleaned. Once baked, then allow to cool properly and finally remove the first one from the pan onto a large platter or cookie sheet, place the second cake on top. Frost the layered cakes with the white frosting picked up earlier, once the entire cake has been frosted it is time for the strawberries and blueberries. In the upper right pace the blueberries arranging them to appear like the stars on the flag. Using the strawberries create several rows of them on the cake in the remaining space. Alternatively any red or blue fruits could be used instead to create the blue field and red strips.

The 4th of July is an American holiday because it commemorates the day the Declaration of Independence was adopted. The Declaration of Independence was the instrument that established the thirteen colonies that rebelled against the rule of Great Britain as independent. The document is famous for its dual pronouncement of separation and unity. The Fourth of July should be a celebration in American history since it is the basis of the United States of America.

Having a 4th of July celebration is not unique, but you can plan a party to make it unique for you. People typically have the 4th of July off from work and are able to spend time with their family and friends. Most cities provide a parade. If you live in a close-knit community, you may want to consider planning a 4th of July parade and party for your community. A parade is loved by both the young and old. You basically need to have music, probably provided by the local high school band, entertainment, and points of 4th of July interest. A reading of significant points in the Declaration of Independence is a good idea to make sure everyone understands the reason for the celebration.

After the 4th of July parade, everyone can join in the activities. Since this event is designed for a community celebration, having team activities is a good idea. The 4th of July occurs at a time when the weather is usually warm and sunny. An outdoor picnic or gathering in a hall is perfect for the celebration after the parade. To keep with the theme, the party should include lots of American dishes, such as apple pie, hot dogs, and barbeque. Regardless of the venue, be sure to decorate the area with colors associated with the 4th of July: red, white, and blue.

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4th of July History, Facts and Educational Resources

Add an educational twist to any birthday party, holiday celebration, or theme party.  Share the history of the 4th of July theme to the guests.  Play some free printable educational party games.  Shhh don't tell the kids that they are learning!

Also known as Independence Day, the history of the Fourth of July commemorates the date that the Declaration of Independence was adopted. Its history begins on July 4th, 1776, declaring the independence from Great Britain.

Just after the separation from Great Britain of the Thirteen Colonies on July the 2nd, 1776, there was a vote for the independence, originally proposed by Richard Henry Lee in June, 1776. The Declaration of Independence explains the history of the Fourth of July as the decision of the separation, and Thomas Jefferson was the principal author of the famous declaration, one of the Committee of Five.

When finalized, John Adams had written a letter to his wife stating that a celebration for this date in history should consist of a parade, sports and other games, bonfires, bells, and shows. Today, Independence Day is still celebrated in generally the same way, with baseball games, barbecues, picnics and carnivals, and, of course, beginning it all with a 4th of July Parade.

Two of the signers of the Declaration later went on to serve as the President of the United States, John Adams and Thomas Jefferson. And, strangely, they both died on the same day, which was July 4, 1826, the 50th Anniversary of the Declaration of Independence. Some other strange trivia of this famous date includes James Monroe, the fifth President of the United States, who died on the 4th of July, in 1831. And Calvin Coolidge, who was the thirtieth United States President, was born on Independence Day, in 1872, the only President born on the 4th of July. Group activities and games can be used to keep the guests entertained while keeping them busy at the same time. Pick your favorite music and play it softly in the background before your guests arrive, to help you calm down and start to relax. Group activities and games can be used to keep the guests entertained while keeping them busy at the same time. The history of 4th of July has different interpretations by each person, so use your own judgement. Share these facts with friends at a celebration.
The Party Supplies Hut has more free elementary educational teacher resources for 4th of July to use in the classroom for active learning to create lesson plans with trivia questions, games and fun activities.

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