Independence Day will be here before you know it, and your children may be looking for fun Independence Day games to play. Your children may not have any ideas of their own. If this is the case, you may want to give them some of these suggestions.

Flag Relay

One activity your children may like to try is a flag relay. Here’s how to play the game:

Gather together a number of small American flags, enough for each person playing the game. Then split the children into two teams with equal numbers, if possible.

Put two buckets filled with sand at one end of the yard and make the starting point at the other. Place the flags into the buckets with an equal number in each one.

When you say “go,” the first child will race to the bucket, pick up a flag, and then head back to the next team member. They’re not allowed to run back, however. They may walk or march. When they reach the next team member, they’ll tag them and that person will race down to get their flag.

Continue the game until each team member has raced down to pick up a flag. Let the children keep their flags. If your town is having fireworks, the children will have flags to wave.

Bike Parade

Children love to ride their bicycles. Encourage them to decorate their bikes and have a mini bike parade. If you live in a neighborhood, suggest the other children also decorate their bikes for the parade.

Ask the other parents in the neighborhood to help their children decorate their bikes. One parent may want to lead the children on their bikes. Young children without bikes can also participate by decorating wagons they can sit in.

Cake Decoration Competition

You may have seen the television shows where teams decorate cakes in a challenge. Why not hold your own cake decoration competition? Your children don’t have to decorate an entire three-layer cake, but you can have them decorate a single layer or cupcakes.

Provide each child with a single layer cake or a cupcake. You’ll also want to have patriotic-colored frostings. It may be necessary to purchase white pre-made frosting and then add different amounts of food coloring to make the desired red, white and blue colors.

Besides providing frosting, you’ll also want to have sprinkles and other decorations on hand. Allow the children to decorate their cake layer or cupcake any way they like. Of course, besides having a bunch of fun decorating the cakes, they’ll enjoy eating them even more.

The Fourth of July is a great holiday to celebrate as a family. Children may feel like they don’t have much to do. Using one of these fun Independence Day games or activities will give your children something to do while the food is cooking or parents are otherwise busy.