The Fourth of July is just around the corner, and we are excited to celebrate! I feel like the 4th of July is one of the easiest holidays to celebrate! There is no shortage of festive foods to choose from, and lots of families have traditional dishes or meals that they have year after year. Decorating is a breeze…anything red, white and blue, stars or firework themed will do the trick. We have even managed to collect a stack of Independence Day/USA themed books that we really love reading! So I thought that I would put it all together for you in a post in case you are looking for some last minute inspiration for treats, reads or even a little DIY decoration.
When it comes to festive foods I love items that are fun, on theme and most importantly EASY. Here are a few of my go-to festive treats for the Fourth of July:
- Watermelon Sparklers- These are fun and easy for kids to make and enjoy. All you need is some skewers, watermelon, a star cookie cutter, blueberries and marshmallows. Cut your watermelon and then use the cookie cutter to make stars. Place a watermelon star at the top of the skewer and then alternate between blueberries and mini-marshmallows to fill up the skewer. What kid wouldn’t enjoy a edible sparkler?
- A red, white and blue snack board. Themed Snack boards have been around for a while, and it’s not surprise they are so popular. They are easy to put together and have a little something for everyone. For a Fourth of July board I like to stick to red, white and blue foods. For an extra dose of festive add items that are cut into stars with a cookie cutter, like watermelon, cheese or sugar cookies. Berries and cherries and the perfect addition, you can add red vegetables, blue corn chips, white cheeses, yogurt dipped pretzels, marshmallows, candies and any other themed treat you find at the store!
- Boom-Pop Popcorn. This popcorn mix is perfect for reading a stack of holiday books or munching on while you enjoy a firework show. Start with popcorn popped however you prefer. Then layer on pretzels, chex cereal, broken Oreos, and chocolate candies. Then drizzle with melted white chocolate and toss on some sprinkles. All the chocolate set and then enjoy or bag up for later!
- Fancy Ice Cream Cones. Ice Cream sorta feels like an essential part of the Fourth of July for us. We often make homemade ice cream, but these festive cones dipped in white chocolate and coated with sprinkles would be an extra special treat.
If you are looking for some fun picture books to get you in the Independence Day mood check out this list of our favorites. I love books that bring the nostalgic feel of communities celebrating together and family traditions!
And finally if you are looking for a super easy Fourth of July DIY check out these fun pennants that I just put together. I added a few to my front porch potted plants for a touch of festive, but they would also be super fun to add to a hostess gift or wave at a parade. All you have to do is print the download below, cut out the pennants, hot glue to a skewer and tie an assortment of ribbons to the stick!
I hope you found a little inspiration to make your celebration a little more festive with out a lot more work! I would love to hear…what is your favorite of the Fourth of July?