Fourth of July Fun for Kids


by Hannah Walton
aka The Cheapskate Mom

Independence Day is a time to stop and really celebrate all of of the work our forefathers did to make our country the great place it is today. Since financial independence is a dream I am trying to realize, what better way to celebrate the 4th of July by skipping the big box stores and striking it out on my own?

I have scoured the internet to find the best of the best 4th of July ideas that are both fun and frugal – sure to make your independence day party festivities a home run!

For your 4th of July Party Food, I focused on fruit, affordability, cookie cutters and fun.

Note: I actually  found two recipes for watermelon pops and I fell completely in love with both of them so I had to share both! The standard BBQ fare always works great at a 4th of July celebration – but the following ideas are cheap and fancy enough to – as Chef Emeril would say- really kick your party up a notch!


The Hungry Housewife’s Star Watermelon Pops
Watermelon popsicles shaped like stars! Need I say more? Finally a way to put my cookie cutter collection to good use. Thanks, Hungry Housewife! Read more…




The Idea Room’s Three Color Watermelon Popsicles
I love how vibrant and yummy these watermelon pops from The Idea room will look at your Independence Day Celebration! Kids will go bananas for these (in the best way)! Read More….





Punch Bowl Ice Ring from Many Little Blessings
What a great recipe and photo from Many Little Blessings!
I love punch (though I drink non-alcoholic these days) and I love a punch that’s jazzed up by the simplicity of an ice ring! Use strawberries, blueberries and hmmmm… coconut? to make this punch bowl really spark! Side note – if you don’t have a bundt pan – no worries. I’ve used pie pans and cake pans before and no one notices the difference. If you don’t have either of those, use a muffin tin and make a bunch of mini ice rings! Read More…
Red White and Blue Sangria from Recipe Girl (Alcoholic or Non Alcoholic)
I must admit, in a former life, I had a weakness for Sangria. Now that I am a mom, I have more exciting things on my table – but this Sangria recipe looks like so much fun. If you are going to be serving alcohol at your party – Sangria can be a great way to do it – you can buy the ingredients cheap enough – and water it down to stop people from getting too tipsy. (for those of you interested in a non-alcoholic version, click here). This is a stellar alcoholic recipe from none other than Recipe Girl – read up and enjoy! Read More…



Cookie Cutter Fruit Salad from Wit and Whistle
I love the how you can get the kids to make this awesome patriotic fruit salad – again, using cookie cutter and the spirit of fun – you’ll have your kids getting excited about the 4th in no time! Read More…




The theme I was going for in putting together my 4th of July cheapskate decorations was traditional americana and cheap. The following ideas really wowed me and I hope someday to have the time to make these myself!


Mason Jar Table Settings from A Soft Place
Lots of us have Mason Jars these days – whether we use them for food storage, glasses or actual canning. Mason jars are just so American – and so is this idea from A Soft Place. Read More…



Patriotic Bandana Tablecloth from Me and My Insanity
Bandanas are so readily available – and are the quintessential Americana pattern – bringing up images of cowboys, camping, scouts and , of course – hot summer days that end in fireworks. This tablecloth from Me and My Insanity is pure genius! Read More….

Bandana Banner from Hatter and Hare Events
Sure, you could buy red , blue and white streamers plus balloons. Or you could make your own bandana banner that you can reuse every year at your annual fourth of july celebration – saving you money in the end. Plus if you ever having a farm or cowboy themed birthday – you’ve got an instant banner. Love It.  I love this post from Hatter and Hare – their bandana ideas will really make your party go POP! Read More…



Flour Lawn Stars from Pink and Green Mama
Stylish, Environmentally Friendly, Kid Friendly Lawn Stars that are sure to be the talk of the town – an may even be a new trend setter. What a brilliant post from Pink and Green Mama! Read More…



I believe in making kids feel like they have their own special celebration and I believe the following ideas will do just that for a fun and festive fourth of july on the cheap :)


Bean Bag Toss Game from Chica and Jo
I love this patriotic and denim-based bean bag toss game you can make yourself from Chica and Jo. Kids will have fun competing while the grown ups do boring stuff like bbq or suntan! Read More…




Kids Table from Moore Minutes
Lisa really speaks to my heart in this beautiful, kid-themed table scape she created just for the littlest partiers. She has other wonderful ideas you must investigate! Read More…




Fireworks Floats and Firecracker Popcorn from Holiday Snob
Did Holiday Snob discover the perfect 4th of July treat for kids? Yeah…. they pretty much did. Check it out! Read More…





* All links and photos have been used with express permission.



  1. It’s a pleasure to share my opinion about such amazing post as a first commentator. Fourth of July is fun time for all of us and I’m looking forward to celebrate upcoming fun time nicely. Thanks

  2. Such a great kid friendly round up of ideas! Looks like we’ll be trying some new ways to be a festive family this year! : )

  3. Thank you for sharing my kid’s table! =)  You have an awesome collection of ideas…it makes me wish the 4th was already here. 

  4. Fantastic!! I love the way you’ve collected all these great ideas in one spot; my favs are the star-shaped watermelon recipes… and the bandana tablecloths & bunting.
    Would LOVE you to link this up to my party linky as well… these are great ideas (and the party linky is a permanent resource)

  5. Cecilia Goodman May 30, 2012 at 6:39 pm

    Wow, now I am REALLY excited for the 4th of July. Fabulous set of ideas here — I’m definitely going to try out the patriotic sangria recipe — looks like it’d go great with the red white and blue party decorations I have picked out!

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