Bring on the barbecues, swimming, and fireworks- the 4th of July is just around the corner! Take advantage of this wonderful opportunity for some quality time as a family and set aside time to teach your preschooler what the holiday is all about.  We have a few suggestions for things your family can do to make the holiday fun for everyone!

Fireworks & Toddlers… 

When celebrating the 4th of July with toddlers in tow, fireworks can be a tricky business. Often scheduled firework celebrations don’t begin until well after little ones are due to be in bed and if they are able to stay up the loud noises can be frightening. If you’re not sure your little one is quite ready for the full fireworks experience we have some fun, DIY options you can create with them this year! These Patriotic Ribbon Wands are an adorable substitute for sparklers and would be fun to take to any parade or activity through the day.  For older children, check out this recipe for Star-Spangled Slime, a fun activity they can enjoy inside!

We want your holiday to be fun, memorable and most importantly, safe. Check out our Firework Safety Tips to ensure everyone enjoys their evening safely! 

What’s a holiday without yummy food?

Whether you’re spending the day by the pool or beating the heat inside – these red, white and blue treats are sure to please your crowd!

Fruit sparklers – little ones can help as you skewer blueberries and watermelon to create these refreshing treats!

Berry Vanilla Cheesecake parfaits – check out this yummy dessert alternative made with cream cheese, strawberries, and blueberries.

Some More Resources… 

As always, time spent reading is a fantastic way to connect with your toddler or preschooler. We’ve listed some wonderful children’s books you can purchase from Amazon or check out of your local library that give them some basic info on our country and why we celebrate the 4th of July each year.

ABC USA by Martin Jarrie.

America: My land, Your Land, Our Land by W. Nikola-Lisa. 

A is for America – Tanya Lee Stone.

Hats Off for the 4th of July – Harriett Ziefert.

Looking for more great ideas? Head on over to our 4th of July Pinterest Board!

Do you have any special 4th of July traditions in your family?