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The Best 4th of July Party Games

Whether you’re hosting a 4th of July party at home or looking for a new and fun way to pass the time while you wait for fireworks to start, I have you covered with these 4th of July Party games for kids and adults. I’ve even included a few Minute to Win It games. Perfect for preschoolers, elementary school kids and even tweens, teens and adults.

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Our Favorite 4th of July Party Games

Independence Day will never look the same once you start incorporating these party games into your July 4 traditions. These fun 4th of July Games will add a lot of fun to your celebrations!


You will need:

  • 2 full sets of barbecue items (oven mitt, apron, bag of charcoal, spatula, grill tongs, etc.)

How to play:

Divide the players into two teams. Create a starting line. Several feet away from the line, set out two sets of items needed for a barbecue. (You will need one item per player on each team.) ​Team members must race, relay-style to collect all of the items. The first team to gather all of their barbecue tools wins the race.​


You will need:

  • At least 20 glow sticks (the more the better)
  • Stopwatch

How to play:

One person hides the glowsticks all throughout the yard or house. Everyone else divides into two teams. When the timer starts, everyone has one minute to find and collect as many glow sticks as possible. When the minute is up, each team counts how many glow sticks they found. The team with the most glow sticks wins.


You will need:

  • Red, white and blue streamers. One set for each person playing.

How to play:

Everyone chooses a partner. One person will be the wrapper and one will be wrapped. When someone says go, the wrapper will wrap their partner from head to toe in red, white and blue streamers, like a mummy. The first team to use all of their streamers wins. If they want to, the players can switch places so the other person can be wrapped.


You will need:

  • Red, white and blue tokens or pieces of paper – one for each player

How to play:

Give each participant one token. It can be red, white or blue. When the whistle blows, the game starts. Players try to tag each other. When someone is tagged, they have to give their token to the person that tagged them. The first person to collect a red, white and blue token wins. If you are tagged, you are not out. You can keep playing until someone wins.


You will need:

  • 4 sets of alphabet letters, divided into two baskets (2 full sets per basket)
  • 4th of July-themed words (like fireworks, independence, sparkler, etc.)

How to Play:
Divide your group into two relay teams. Both teams will receive a word. One person from each team will run to the basket of alphabet letters and find the first letter of the word. As soon as they find it, they’ll lay it on the ground next to the basket, and run back to tag the next person in line. The next person will find the next letter and so on until the entire word is spelled out.

The first team to spell out the full word wins.


You will need:

  • Any type of small, flat candy. Smarties work well.
  • Tongue depressors or jumbo craft sticks (one per player)

How to play:
Set a timer for one minute. Each player should hold their tongue depressor in their mouth and stack as many pieces of candy on top as possible. If they fall off, they must start over. At the end of one minute, the player with the most candy in a stack wins.


You will need:

  • Two balloons, blown up

How to play:
Divide players into two teams. Each team should have half of their players standing at one end of the room and half standing at the other end. One-by-one, each player must get the balloon from their end of the room to their teammate at the other end. The balloon must remain in the air, but no hands are allowed. If the balloon touches the ground, or a player uses their hands, they must go back to the beginning and start again. The team that has all of their team members go through the entire relay first, wins.


You will need:

  • 50 solo cups of one color
  • 2 solo cups of another color

How to play:
Divide players into two teams. Divide cups into two even stacks, with one colored cup on the bottom of each stack. Teams stand in line with the first person holding the stack of cups. The cup of a different color should be on the bottom. Each team member will take one cup off the top of the stack and put it on the bottom of the stack. Repeat this process as quickly as possible until the different color cup is on the bottom again. Pass the stack to the person behind you. The first team for everyone to finish, wins


You will need:

  • Straws (one for each player)
  • Paper plates (two for each player)
  • Skittles or M&Ms

How to play:
Put all of the candy on one plate. Participants must suck a candy into the bottom of the straw and blow it onto the other plate. Their goal is to move all the candy from one plate to the other in 60 seconds or less.


You will need:

  • One balloon for each participant.

Participants line up on one side of the room, blow up their balloon and tie it. They then race to the finish line with their balloon held between their legs. No hands allowed! This also makes a great relay race.


You will need:

  • Metal pie tins or paper plates (one for each player)
  • Candy like Skittles or M&Ms
  • Whipped cream (spray cans work best)

How to play:
Place 5 – 10 pieces of candy in each pie tin. (Make sure you use the same amount in each tin.) Cover with whipped cream. Each player sits with their hands behind their backs and has to find the pieces of candy and move them out of the pie tin using only their mouth. The first one to find all of their candy wins.


You will need:

  • Two bags of individually wrapped pieces of candy
  • Two empty containers

How to play:
Divide players into two teams. In a relay race, each person runs to their team’s container of candy and removes one piece of candy from the container and puts it in the empty container. THEY ARE ONLY ALLOWED TO USE THEIR TOES. They then run back to their team and tag the next person. The first team to move all of their candy from one container to the other wins.


You will need:

  • Pencils (one for each player)
  • One piece of paper

How to play:
The first player writes a 4th of July-related sentence at the top of the paper and passes it to the person on their right. That person draws the sentence and folds the paper down so that the sentence is hidden and only the picture can be seen. The paper is passed to the right and the third person must write a sentence describing the drawing. They then fold the paper down to cover the drawing so only the sentence they wrote is visible, and they pass it to the right. This continues until the piece of paper is back where it started. There is no winner, but there are sure to be lots of laughs.


You will need:

  • One mini candy bar per person

How to play:
Unwrap the chocolate bar and place it on your forehead. Using only your face, move the chocolate bar from your forehead and into your mouth. The player who does it first, wins. If the chocolate bar falls off your face, you must start over with it on your forehead.


You will need:

  • Tapered candles (as many as you want)
  • Matches
  • Squirt gun

How to play:
Light each candle. Players will participate one at a time. Set a timer for one minute. Players will shoot out the flames using a squirt gun. Players receive one point for each candle that is no longer lit when the minute is up. Make it harder by adjusting the distance from the candles or by blindfolding participants.

4th of July Pictionary

Divide your group into two teams. One person from each team draws a phrase without speaking, while the other members of the team try to guess what is being drawn. The objective is for your team to guess the phrase as quickly as possible, typically within one minute.

  • Flag
  • Summer
  • Parade
  • Apple Pie
  • Family Reunion
  • Ribs
  • Bonfire
  • Fireworks
  • Stars and Stripes
  • Watermelon

4th of July Charades

Divide your group into two teams. One person from each team acts out a phrase without speaking, while the other members of the team try to guess the phrase. The objective is for your team to guess the phrase as quickly as possible, typically within one minute.

  • Baking apple pie
  • Baby you’re a Firework
  • Sparklers
  • Barbecue
  • Yard games
  • 4th of July Parade
  • Bottle rockets
  • Potato salad
  • Independence
  • United States of America

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