Independence Day Party Guide

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The party guide helps plan a themed Independence Day 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.


Celebrating our nation’s freedom, Independence Day reigns as one of the most popular, widely celebrated holidays in the United States; one that comes complete with its share of festive songs.

Any solid Independence Day playlist will include a number of party songs that still respect the strength and tenacity of the American spirit. They could include:

Independence Day by Martina McBride
Independent Women by Destiny’s Child
Freedom by the Pointer Sisters
Freedom 90 by George Michael
Yankee Doodle Dandy by Jimmy Cagney
The Star Spangled Banner by Francis Scott Key
An American Girl by Tom Petty
You’re a Grand Old Flag by George M. Cohan
My Baby is American Made by The Oak Ridge Boys
Aside from these heart-stirring songs, guests also can enjoy their fair share of Independence Day party supplies. These could paper and paper mache likenesses of stars and firecrackers that could be hung from the ceiling, a table cover painted in the likeness of the American flag, tableware presented in the hues of red, white and blue, a small carved or rubber Statue of Liberty as a table centerpiece, as well as overhanging plastic banners bearing images of stars and stripes. Take-home party favors could include star-shaped chocolates wrapped in foil and red, white and blue cookies and jelly beans. Game idea: take a clear container, then fill with candy, toys or other objects and have the guests guess the number of items inside. Photos provide such lasting memories; take time to designate someone as the photographer at a social occasion. Gather up some leftover brown packing boxes, wrap them in a matching theme color design and place them throughout the event space for instant decorations.

Homemade party supplies such as patriotic banners, American flags and noise makers will make your Independence Day very special time. Independence Day is celebrated on the 4th of July and is known for fireworks, picnics and homemade party supplies. Homemade party supplies and handmade party goods for Independence Day include such items as American flags, patriotic party banners and red, white and blue balloon bouquets. These homemade party supplies, along with other party supplies such as patriotic glow sticks, tambourines and kites are very important to your Independence Day celebration. Other homemade party supplies and handmade party goods such as handmade patriotic banners, colorful red, white and blue party streamers and homemade Independence Day garden flags make a party even better. Homemade Independence Day centerpieces in red, white and blue will look really nice on any Independence Day table and receive a great review from family and friends.

Many times your Independence Day homemade party supplies will look like others from the past and compare to other popular Independence Day today. Patriotic colors (red, white and blue) are used for handmade Independence Day party supplies and to add to such items as glow sticks, temporary tattoos and banners. In addition to the patriotic party streamers and Independence Day signs, handmade Independence Day party supplies such as homemade Independence day balloon bouquets, handmade wreathes and Independence Day centerpieces are a welcomed addition to any Independence Day event.


On the fourth of July it is time to celebrate with an Independence Day birthday cake, in honor of the United States birthday. Start off by making a white or yellow cake, following the directions on the box as directed, make twice. Once the cake is made, it is time to frost and decorate the party supplies that need to be picked up prior to making the cake, of course. With the first on the top portion put the cranberry frosting, then carefully place the second layer on top. Once complete, now it is time to frost, using white frosting or make a red or blue frosting to top the cake. Which ever frosting is used, the icing will be the other two colors, so keep this in mind when looking at the party supplies. Run a bead of red icing around the bottom and top edges, on the side of the cake. On the top in blue icing write the date, and something like ‘happy fourth of July’ or ‘happy Independence Day’. Finally decorate the cake with eatable miniature flags, or use ones that can placed on the cake and removed when it is time serve.

An Annual celebration held each year on July 4, 1776, the date the Declaration of Independence was signed by Thomas Jefferson, assisted by John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Roger Sherman and Robert Livingston, all members of the Continental Congress, An Independence Day Party is a holiday dedicated to celebrating our most basic inalienable rights. Every year, Americans don the red white and blue colors that are symbolic of the United States of America. We wave flags, we picnic, and we watch fireworks when the sun goes down and the night time sky lights up with flashes of light symbolic of the bombs bursting in air of which Frances Scott Key wrote in our National Anthem, "The Star Spangled Banner".

This year, with the war seeming to go on forever, and such controversy over America's continuing involvement in that war, take time to show that, no matter what your stance on the war, you support your country and the men and women who go when their country says "go" by tying yellow ribbons around trees, car antennas, tail gates, or door handles. Consider wearing a black armband for those who have lost their life in the conflict. Take one more step to show your support by inviting a military family or those who have family members in the military to your home to be a part of your 4th of July holiday celebration.

Of course donning the standard issue red, white, and blue colors and waving little flags is a great way to show your support, but it is also important to do things to make sure your children understand the importance of things like the declaration of Independence, and the freedoms spelled out in our constitution. You can really feel great if you include recitations such as: "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness." And be certain your guests know from what document that quote was taken.

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Independence Day History, Facts and Educational Resources

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

Also known as the Fourth of July, this date’s history marks the signing of the Declaration of Independence. Beginning July 4th, 1776, independence from Great Britain was declared.

A vote for this independence was proposed by Richard Henry Lee originally in June of 1776, just after the separation of the thirteen colonies from Great Britain.

This declaration explains the decision of the separation on July 4th, of which Thomas Jefferson was the author. He was one of the Committee of Five.

Upon finalization, John Adams stated to his wife in a letter that this was cause for a great celebration. He wanted a parade, games, bonfires, sports, and shows to commemorate the day. And, today, the 4th of July, or Independence Day, is celebrated generally in the same manner. There are parades, barbeques, games, carnivals, and picnics.

The United States elected two of the signers of the Declaration of Independence as Presidents. They were John Adams and Thomas Jefferson. It is a strange fact that both of them died on July 4th, 1826, which was the 50th Anniversary of the Declaration.

Other strange coincidences regarding the 4th of July date also occurred. For instance, James Monroe, who was the fifth President of the U.S., died on July 4th, 1831. And the 30th President of the U.S., Calvin Coolidge, was born on July 4th, 1872. He was the only President who was born on Independence Day. Decorations help transform a room into something more for that special day so look forward to learning some exciting and creative ideas. If you specify the type of clothing for a social event like summer causal, give a few examples of what is acceptable and more importantly what isn't. Decorations help transform a room into something more for that special day so look forward to learning some exciting and creative ideas. The history of Independence Day 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 Independence Day to use in the classroom for active learning to create lesson plans with trivia questions, games and fun activities.

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