4th of July Party Ideas For Your Backyard Celebration

by Tonya Staab

Are you hosting a 4th of July party in your backyard this year? We’ve got fun decorations, food, and drink ideas your guests will love.

4th of July desserts

4th of July angel food cake with fresh berries and coconut cream.
4th of July angel food cake with fresh berries and coconut cream.

This 4th of July cake is made in under 30-minutes. It has fresh berries and homemade whipped coconut cream. Serve remaining fresh berries and cream on a tray or make a fresh berry parfait for those people who don’t eat cake, or are on a gluten-free diet. You can find my recipe at Make and Takes.

a strawberry cheesecake tart on a wood board
A strawberry cheesecake tart

This strawberry cheesecake tart is the perfect addition to your 4th of July party. Strawberries are in season right now and if you’ve taken the kids strawberry picking then this is a great way to use them up.

red white and blue cake to celebrate captain america party or 4th of july
A Captain America cake and party treats

This red, white, and blue cake may have been decorated for a Captain America party, but it’s also perfect for a 4th of July party too. Those individual popcorn tubs will be loved by kids too.

Looking for more ideas? Check out my 4th of July dessert table and my red and white dessert table, there are loads of ideas for keeping it simple this year.

Red, white, and blue crafts

cardboard holder for ketchup, mustard, straws, and other barbecue supplies
Red, white, and blue picnic caddy

This 4th of July picnic or backyard barbecue caddy is so easy to make. Fill it with utensils, condiments, napkins, and more for your backyard party this year.

A red, white, and blue banner made with scrapbook paper and burlap for 4th of July.
4th of July handmade banner
red, white, and blue 4th of July windsock craft for kids
4th of July windsock craft for kids

This backyard red, white, and blue windsock craft is perfect for kids to make and hang all the way around your back patio for your 4th of July party.

Red, white, and blue patriotic 4th of July rock painting project for kids.
4th of July rock painting project for kids

Use these hand-painted red, white, and blue rocks as weights on napkins and your tablecloth to stop everything from blowing away.

Looking for another fun idea? Set up a dip-dye station for everyone to make dip-dye t-shirts, in red or blue dye.

4th of July drinks

4th of July pinwheel sippers
Patriotic pinwheel sippers in test tubes.

Patriotic pinwheel sippers in test tubes can be made alcoholic, or non-alcoholic in red or blue. Turn them into slushies, shots, or leave them as drinks.

a white milkshake in a glass with a bottle of white rum
A boozy white chocolate milkshake.

A boozy white chocolate milkshake is the perfect addition to your 4th of July party. Sprinkle red and blue nonpareils on top, or simply add a red, white, or blue straw to make it fit the party theme.

canada dry sparkling raspberry with a cocktail in a glass garnished with fresh raspberries
Sparkling raspberry cocktail

A sparkling raspberry cocktail is perfect for backyard summer days on the patio. It’s light, refreshing, and there’s fresh fruit so it’s got to be good for you, right?

Looking for even more red, white, and blue party ideas? Try these:

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