To little ones, celebrating the 4th of July usually means one thing – fireworks! But, we know that by the time the sun goes down and the fireworks go up around 10:00 pm, they are exhausted and ready for bed. Here are 12 July 4th activities for your kids that don’t involve having cranky, overtired children on the 5th of July!

Have a sidewalk chalk party

What could be more of a 4th of July necessity than sidewalk chalk? This is great for those block parties where the kiddos have free reign in the street. Pick up a bucket of your favorite sidewalk chalk, or try your hand at making your own. Then watch as your sidewalk is transformed into a red, white, and blue color explosion.

  • Have a sidewalk chalk party
  • Make delicious but simple patriotic treats
  • Have a patriotic bike parade
  • Decorate your house (and yard) from top to bottom
  • Read about America's birthday
  • Make a patriotic craft
  • Have an "Indoor Independence Day"
  • Watch American Legends or America Rock
  • Make a care package for our troops
  • Wear your stars and stripes
  • Teach a crash course in flag etiquette
  • Celebrate with the East Coast

Don’t forget to visit your local Red Tricycle Events Calendar to see what 4th of July activities are going on in your city!

Tell us – Does your family or neighborhood have any fun 4th of July traditions that are great for the smallest patriots?

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