6 Unique & Easy 4th of July Party Ideas Your Neighbors Didn’t Think Of!

4th of July Party Ideas

We’ve all seen it. The sheet cake with the strawberries and blueberries that make up the shape and patriotic colors of the American flag. It’s cute, don’t get us wrong. But maybe you’re looking for some fresh ideas for your Independence Day get-together this year. I know we are! 4th of July is the perfect kick-off to summer and it really makes us think about all the heroes past, present, and future who serve our country so proudly and bravely. So, if you’re in the spirit of celebrating this year, here are a few easy things you can do to bring a little extra…spark 😎 to your 4th of July parties and make your party planning a breeze.

Make sure you check out this post with summer mocktails & cocktails perfect for your 4th of July party planning. Plus, an easy summer tablescape idea and a delicious recipe you won’t want to miss here.

4th of July Party Ideas summer salad recipe

What To Bring To A 4th Of July Party

Celebrity Summer Salad

Let’s start with a really easy and delicious recipe that’s perfect to bring to a 4th of July party or really any summer party with friends and family. A good green salad is always a great side, but once you add dressing you pretty much need to eat it or toss it within a few hours. This one is fresh and SO good and it keeps in the fridge for a few days. We didn’t make up this recipe. In fact, the internet says Jennifer Aniston did! Quite a while ago, this recipe went viral on Instagram.

Others have replicated it with their own spin including @LivingWithLandyn (who is awesome by the way!) You can also add cherry tomatoes for a red pop of color, although the OG recipe doesn’t call for them. You can also add additional protein to it or just eat it as is. This recipe is easy to double or even triple for a large crowd.

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2) Don't Fix What Isn't Broken

People come to expect the simplicity of hamburgers and hot dogs on the 4th of July...so don’t disappoint! Have you tried scoring your hot dogs with crisscross slots? Honestly, it takes a boring dog to the next level. The slices create these caramelized, crunchy edges when you grill them. The ridges also grab hold of all the toppings, so each bite is just too good. You could make the hatch marks with a sharp knife, but if you are serving a crowd, this slotdog slicing tool will do the job in a jiffy. Another food tip, you can freeze a bunch of strawberries, raspberries and blueberries (patriotic colors!) on a sheet tray overnight and add them to a large dispenser of water. So much better than all those ½ used water bottles laying around your yard and perfect for a hot summer day.
Slotdog Hot Dog Slicing Tool
Claro Acrylic Drink Dispenser with Brooks Bash Stand

3) Game For All Ages

Any good BBQ calls for some outdoor games. And, if your family is competitive, maybe a LOT of outdoor games. Cornhole is a staple because it’s easy for all age groups to play. It's also a fun ice breaker for larger groups where not everyone knows each other. Set this up in your yard and keep the parents, teenagers, and littles equally entertained at your patriotic party.
Silver Chevron Cornhole Boards
GoSports Solid Wood Cornhole Set
TOYSHARING Cornhole Bags

4) Look Chic

You’ll see plenty of people sporting their flag t-shirts, but if you’re a fashionista you can step-up your game with a red, white or blue sundress instead. These picks are great for any 4th of July celebration but can be worn all summer long. The first, is one of Erin's favorites from last summer and it's still available! It definitely has a loose, more forgiving fit so you could size down 1 size. The shoulder strap is adjustable, and the lightweight cotton fabric is really soft and breathable which is so perfect for hot weather and extra comfy during a fireworks show. And…pockets! The second is similar to a new dress Erin wore for a recent trip to Europe (and it's under $120). Why not invest in something you’ll wear beyond the 4th...
Joanna Velvet Maxi Dress
Aqua Cotton Sleeveless Eyelet Midi Dress
Farm Rio Lace Monsteras Red Midi Dress
Hill House Home The Louisa Nap Dress
Aqua Tiered Floral Dress
Nation LTD Elliot Fused Ruffle Dress

5) Elevated Tablescape

If you want to elevate your tablescape, these placemats, striped napkins, and table linens are more sophisticated than star-spangled paper versions. Plus, you’ll use them beyond the 4th.
Cotton Linen Napkins Set Of 4
Found Vintage Handsewn Grain Sack Placemat
Dobby Striped Cotton Table Runner

6) Subtle Decor

When it comes to condiments, keep things interesting. Use a large muffin tin as a condiment caddy tin for ketchup, mustard, jalapeños, pickles, mango salsa, etc. It’s easy to refill and takes up less space on your table than a bunch of small bowls. Don’t forget the mini serving spoons! You can also use it to pre-scoop ice cream and store in the freezer for fast/easy serving. Add a bunch of small American flags (Made in the USA!!) to your food table for some easy 4th of July decorations. Fill mason jars or small vases with sand and they won’t budge. OR you can also add them to planters around your yard. They add a subtle nod of 4th décor without being over the top. Also...how cool is this wreath for the front door?
Wilton 6 Cup Standard Muffin Tin
Small Wooden Spoons 6pcs
Gift Express Set of 48 American Flags
Liberty Outdoor Burlap Wreath
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4 thoughts on “6 Unique & Easy 4th of July Party Ideas Your Neighbors Didn’t Think Of!

  1. Wonderful ideas!
    My husband Larry Vasquez is a retired Navy Captain who proudly served for 30 years and would still be in if possible. He deployed many times with ships and even served in Afghanistan for a year. He is our hero and the most patriotic man I know!

    1. Hi Nancy! Thank you so much for your comment and a HUGE thank you to your husband, Larry, for his service in the Navy. He is truly our hero too! Susan

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