17 Fun Activities to Celebrate 4th of July with Your Preschooler or Young Child

by Journals to Freedom May 24, 2021 4 min read

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It is that time of the year again, where we celebrate America’s independence with fireworks and other festivities. When you think about Independence Day, or 4th of July celebrations, what comes to mind? 

Is it a BBQ in the backyard or maybe even an all-day picnic at the park? Maybe home crafts are more your style. 

However you choose to celebrate it, you'll find tons of creative ideas that are perfect to do with your preschooler or young child, right here on this blog!

Make this day one they will always remember by doing something special together. 

Wouldn't you love to keep your young one entertained while watching them light up with joy over some awesome DIY projects or creative games like making decorations or baking a cake? 

Whether you're looking for something easy or more challenging, we've got plenty of suggestions to make this holiday memorable. Get ready for a day filled with laughter and memories!

You will also find all sorts of ideas whatever your budget, while still having some great memories.

Is your kid a budding Picasso? Check out the printables for 4th of July coloring pages, greeting cards and word search puzzles to celebrate Independence Day. 

Or maybe they would prefer having some fun making a really cool DIY project like a paper lantern or even slime?

The world of crafts is so vast; you're sure to find something that your child will love.

Let's make this 4th of July a stunner - get ready for some family time!

1) Free Printable 4th of July Coloring Pages {Journals to Freedom Printables}

These free printable coloring pages are a fun and relaxing way to cool off as you celebrate the 4th of July. I know July in Florida is HOT! 

So take a step out of the heat, grab a glass of ice water or lemonade, grab your colored pencils or markers, print out these patriotic coloring sheets, and have some fun!

4th of July coloring pages feature:

  • You rocket!
  • Happy Fourth of July
  • Free to Sparkle
  • USA Land that I Love
  • Let Freedom Ring 


5 free printable 4th of july coloring pages shown on a red white and blue zig zag background

2) 4th of July Sour Cream Sugar Cookies with Cream Cheese Frosting {Saving Talents} 

Have a fun 4th of July with these sour cream sugar cookies! It’s the perfect cookie recipe for cutting into patriotic shapes with cookie cutters. And the cream cheese frosting is easy to dye red, white, and blue for fun a decorating activity for kids!

4th of july themed sour cream cookies shown on a plate on plaid red white and blue tablecloth

3) Free Printable Fourth of July Word Search and Word Scramble {Two Kids and a Coupon} 

Celebrate Independence Day early with fun and free printable Fourth of July Word Search and Word Scramble for kids.

free printable word scramble for 4th of july

4) 4th of July Scavenger Hunt Printable {Simply Full of Delight} 

This free printable 4th of July Scavenger Hunt is a great way to have some patriotic family fun!

Free Printable 4th of July Scavenger Hunt

5) Free 4th of July Printable Sunglasses {Hess Unacedemy} 

These free printable independence day shades are fun and super cute!

free 4th of July Printable Sunglasses

6) Patriotic Color By Number Printables {Simple Everyday Mom} 

These patriotic color by number printable worksheets are a fun-filled fine motor activity for kids!

fourth of July color by number printables for kids laid on white blanket

7) Free Printable Patriotic Word Search Game {Life Should Cost Less} 

Free Printable Patriotic Word Search Game has three different skill levels to keep both kids and adults alike busy with these free word puzzles.

text reads Free Printable Patriotic Word Search Game

8) Beautiful Fluffy Patriotic Slime for Red White and Blue Fun {STEAMsational} 

Kids will love making this patriotic fluffy slime. It's low-mess, too.

Beautiful Fluffy Patriotic Slime for Red White and Blue Fun

9) F is for Flag by Wendy Cheyette Lewison {Kelly's Classroom Online} 

Learn about the American flag with this cute book + craft activity.

F is for Flag by Wendy Cheyette Lewison Arts and Crafts Activity

10) 4TH OF JULY WORD SEARCH FREE PRINTABLE {Crayons and Cravings} 

4th of July word search printable worksheet with 21 words to find is a fun and educational Fourth of July activity for the classroom or at home. Words are hidden in the puzzle horizontally, vertically, and diagonally.


11) Free Patriotic Coloring Pages Printable {Dressed and Dinosaurs} 

These free printable patriotic coloring pages for kids make a fun activity for the 4th of July!

Free Patriotic Coloring Pages Printable

12) DIY FIREWORK CRAFT {Get Your Holiday On} 

Create your very own DIY firework. Kids will love celebrating the 4th of July with their very own glow in the dark craft activity.


13) Stars and Stripes Sensory Bin {Sweet Silly Sara} 

Bring a touch of patriotic flair to your sensory activities with this easy to set up Stars and Stripes Bin.

It is fun to play in and gives little hands a chance to design the flag. Make it for the 4th of July, or anytime for hands on play.

stars and stripes sensory bin


Preschoolers and toddlers love these dot marker coloring pages! Make them no mess by using inexpensive round coding labels instead of markers.

15) Patriotic Mason Jar Lanterns {The Soccer Mom Blog} 

Add a gorgeous glow to your Memorial Day or 4th of July celebrations with these fun and easy patriotic kid-made mason jar lanterns!

16) Easy DIY Fourth of July Greeting Cards {Mom Junky} 

This easy Fourth of July craft is fun for everyone to make, including the kids. You can personalize it and use the supplies for future DIY projects!

17) Paper American Flag Lantern Craft for Kids {Red Ted Art} 

These ready colored lanterns are super quick and fun to assemble. There is a colorable version as well!


With the 4th of July quickly approaching, it’s time to start planning your celebrations with family and friends. We gave you lots of ideas for fun activities that you can do with your preschooler or young child to celebrate 4th of July, from arts and crafts, to baking. There's no need for expensive party favors or decorations either! 

We hope this post has been helpful in starting your holiday planning process. Happy Independence Day!

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