For many, the 4th of July is an opportunity to involve family and friends in an outdoor brouhaha (or brew-haha). This year, avoid the crowds of public venues by bringing the festivities into your own backyard. Invite your friends and family over to use your swimming pool, patio, and/or outdoor kitchen.
8 Backyard Activity Ideas for this 4th of July
To help get your creative juices flowing, we’ve come up with a number of ways that you can incorporate your yard into 4th of July festivities!
1. Pool Party
A swimming pool party is always a popular choice during the hot month of July. Combine this with a BBQ and you’ve got a family-friendly event fit for everyone. Be sure to carry out all of the necessary pool maintenance before (and after) the event though, as a chemically balanced and clean swimming pool is critical to a successful pool-oriented event. To go the extra mile, choose a theme like a luau or beach party.
2. Lighting Concept
Creating a lighting concept isn’t exactly an activity, but it will foster an environment that turns your 4th of July daytime event into a nighttime party. Keep the party going after dusk by adding path lighting, lanterns, and other outdoor lighting. If you’d like a more permanent solution, contact us for professional backyard lighting advice.
3. Outdoor Forts
If your 4th of July will be a family event, consider turning your gazebo or pergola into an outdoor fort for the kids. Not only will it entertain them for hours (which most parents can vouch for!), but it will also provide the kids with much-needed shade and a space to rest between activities.
4. Yard Twister
Children and adults alike can have a ton of fun with the game Twister. It can, however, be more difficult to set up on a lawn than it is on a floor, so consider an outdoor version. With four shades of spray paint and the twister spinner you’ll have lawn twister! (Be prepared to have a painted lawn until the grass grows long enough for you to mow the color off, though.)
5. Giant Backyard Chess/Checkers
Giant lawn chess (or checkers for the kids) can be a fun activity piece for your backyard. All you need to do to create your outdoor chess or checkers board is order large chess/checker pieces and add giant square tiles to your lawn in a checkerboard pattern. Note that you’ll either have to remove the tiles after the event or make them a permanent piece, as they will kill the grass under them if left there for an extended period of time.
6. Glow-in-the-Dark Lawn Bowling
Many 4th of July activities extend well beyond dusk—which is critical if you want to observe area fireworks! To help keep people entertained during the dusk hours, consider easy-to-create glowing lawn bowling. Simply fill large empty plastic bottles (preferably all the same size), like Coke bottles, with water. Drop the fluid from a glow stick into the bottles (it’s perfectly safe, although it’s best to have one of the adults do this). This will create glowing bowling pins, which you can knock down with a lawn-bowling ball, or whatever ball you have around the house.
7. Swimming Pool Games
If you’re lucky enough to have a pool, add a few games to it to keep the kids entertained in the water for even longer (although keep extra sunscreen on hand). Volleyball nets are popular among many pool owners.
Your own backyard is a great venue for a 4th of July event. It’s intimate, budget-friendly, and can accommodate a large group of people. Adding a few activities can boost the fun, especially for kids.