Easy 4th of July Crafts for Kids

Easy 4th of July Crafts for Kids

Celebrating Independence Day with some fun and easy 4th of July crafts for kids can be so much fun! Here I’ve rounded up over 50 festive 4th of July crafts for toddlers, preschoolers, and other young kids to get in on the holiday festivities.

Easy 4th of July Crafts for Kids

Fun and Easy 4th of July Crafts for Toddlers and Up

There are so many great ways to celebrate the Independence of our country. It’s a fun day for everyone to get together, have great food, watch the fireworks, and appreciate the precious freedom that we have.

And there are a lot of great ways that you can help your kids to get in on the festivities too.

You can read them some great 4th of July books to help teach them about the meaning of the holiday.

You can play fun holiday games with them, and make sure they do all the classics like play with sparklers and watch the fireworks.

And if you and your kids are crafty, it’s a great time to break out the red, white, and blue craft supplies and make some fun and festive 4th of July crafts for kids and the whole family. Below I’ve rounded up a whole slew of creative 4th of July crafts for toddlers and older kids that you and your kids of all ages can try to make. Enjoy!

4th of July Crafts for Kids

1. Your kids will have a blast making these gorgeous firework salt painting craft projects to celebrate the 4th of July. Busy Mommy Media

2. Help your kids to create a craft they can wear to the 4th of July fireworks show with this cute star hat craft. Styles at Life

3. Complete the fireworks ensemble with this fun patriotic necklace craft. This one is great for fine motor practice too! Buggy and Buddy

4. Kids love to paint, especially with strange objects! So your children will have so much fun painting this American flag with pom poms. Crafty Morning

5. Give your kids their own special flag to wave around at the parade or fireworks with these easy 4th of July Popsicle stick flags. Glued to My Crafts Blog

6. Craft kits can be a lifesaver because you don’t have to find all the supplies! This fun and cute patriotic foam glasses craft kit will give your kids something fun to make and wear for 4th of July. Fun Express

7. Make a memorable keepsake while documenting your child’s hand size with these beautiful patriotic hand print crafts. B-Inspired Mama

8. This simple paper plate flag craft can be really fun for kids to make for 4th of July while also being a festive decoration to hang up for the holiday. Craft Corner DIY

9. This fun 3D egg carton american flag can be a great decoration for your home during the 4th of July while also being fun for the kids to help make. Crafty Morning

10. Your kids will have a blast using golf balls to paint these festive golf ball fireworks for Independence Day. The Realistic Mama

11. Have your kids get creative while painting these beautiful watercolor flags for 4th of July using all sorts of great materials for the flags. Make and Takes

12. Kids love to use dot markers! And this American flag with do a dot paint craft will be a blast for them to do while practicing fine motor skills. Meaningful Mama

13. Rock painting can be so much fun for kids from toddlers and preschoolers to teenagers. So have your children go on a rock hunt and then paint patriotic themed rocks for 4th of July. Styles at Life

14. If you want to do fireworks themed 4th of July crafts with your kids but can’t seem to get them looking like fireworks (more like blobs) then you’ll love this easy salt painted fireworks with a free template. The Best Ideas for Kids

15. This is the stuff great 4th of July preschool crafts are made of — paper plates, paint, and American flags. Your little one will love doing this super easy paper plate flag craft with you. Crafts on Sea

16. Your child will love to get creative making these adorable and decorative popsicle stick star streamers. You could hang them up or let them run around with them afterwards. Happiness is Homemade

17. Have your kids help decorate the windows with this fun and super cute patriotic sun catcher craft. A Little Pinch of Perfect

18. Here’s another fun craft kit. Your child will enjoy helping do decorate for 4th of July with this cute USA flag pom pom sign craft kit. Fun Express

19. Make even bubble blowing patriotic with these adorable patriot star bubble wands. I Heart Crafty Things

20. If your child loves to paint, then they’ll love painting patriotic fireworks using straws. Use red and blue paint to make it even more festive. Craft Morning

21. Did you know you can use puffy paint to make window clings? Pretty cool! You and your child will have a lot of fun making and enjoying these DIY patriotic window clings. Chica Circle

22. You and your children can make these cute popsicle stick flags to decorate the house for the 4th of July holiday. Ginger Snap Crafts

23. Have your kids make something fun to wear for the 4th of July fireworks with these cute exploding pipe cleaner fireworks rings. Mom Dot

24. Pick up this USA beaded American flag necklace kit and your child will have a lot of fun making their own patriotic necklaces. Aunt Jenny’s Beads

25. Let your child create something they can use in the 4th of July festivities with this easy and cute patriotic kids blower craft. Natural Beach Living

26. Give your child an opportunity to express their creativity through paint with this fun fireworks painting with tissue rolls craft. Happiness is Homemade

27. Keep it simple with this easy 4th of July craft for toddlers or preschoolers using dot markers to paint star shapes. A Dab of Glue Will Do

28. Use decorative patriotic paper straws to help your child create a cute and festive flag craft with straws. I Heart Crafty Things

29. Celebrate our Independence Day as you teach your child about the American flag with this simple pom pom American flag craft. Raising Little Superheroes

30. Have your child make something that you can use to decorate the house with by making this cute patriotic star wreath craft. The Resourceful Mama

31. Your kiddo will love making these adorable patriotic bug magnets to hang on the fridge with this handy craft kit. Fun Express

32. These beautiful glitter glue fireworks are sure to be a hit with your preschooler (who, if they’re anything like my preschooler, adores using glitter glue). Twitchetts

33. These cute an unique q-tip fireworks are sure to be a hit craft for your child to enjoy making. Crafty Morning

34 Sometimes the most simple crafts are the ones that kids love the most. And these patriotic tissue paper stars are the perfect 4th of July craft for your toddler to do. Frogs Snails and Puppy Dog Tails

35. Ooey gooey and patriotic to boot. Your little one will have a blast both making and playing with this star spangled slime especially for the 4th of July. I Can Teach My Child

36. This gorgeous American flag watercolor craft is surprisingly easy for your child to make and makes for a festive piece to display for Independence Day. Inspired Motherhood

37. This easy and pretty patriotic wind catcher will be so much fun for you to make with your child. And then hang it outside to enjoy for the holiday. Crafty Morning

38. Have your child help you make something they can safely “explode” for the 4th of July holiday with these fun and safe patriotic confetti launchers. Piikea Street

39. Making these fidget spinner fireworks will be a blast for your kiddo and the result is truly patriotic and artistic. Twitchetts

40. These 4th of July sparkle sensory bottles are so much fun for kids of all ages to create and play with afterwards. Things to Share and Remember

41. These incredibly cute DIY cardboard Fourth of July hats will be a blast to make with your child and simply hilarious to wear together for the festivities. Pink Stripey Socks

42. Give your kids an opportunity to get a bit messy as they make these fun shaving cream fireworks. I Can Teach My Child

43. This handy 4th of July coloring book is a PDF file with 30 simple and cute holiday coloring pages. This can be great to have on hand for something quick and easy for your kids to do. Kingsley Publishing

44. Have your children help you to decorate for the holiday with these simple and beautiful 4th of July stained glass bunting. Here Come the Girls

45. Have your little one do a craft that has a bit of a bang with a hint of personalization to it with this cute and festive handprint fireworks craft. Ava’s Alphabet

46. These easy and fun patriotic glitter art craft kits are sure to be a hit with your kids this 4th of July. Fun Express

47. Your kids will have so much fun making these DIY beaded sun catchers with you. And they make such a beautiful wind chime when they’re done. Beneath My Heart

48. After you make these flag ribbon wands with your child they can be used year after year for your 4th of July celebrations. Views From a Step Stool

49. These super festive sparkler firework crafts are sparkly and crinkly and will be a big hit with any kid to make and play with. Kid’s Craft Room

50. Making these (semi) mess free patriotic star paintings are going to be a blast for your child. This is one of those perfect 4th of July crafts for toddlers who need a little action with their crafting! Toddler Approved

51. Have your kids make these adorable paper firecracker crafts and use them for decorating for your 4th of July party! They’re fun to make and cute decoration to boot. Twitchetts

52. Get out your popsicle sticks and construction paper for this classic 4th of July fireworks rocket craft for preschoolers. Our Kid Things

Have a Happy Independence Day with These 4th of July Preschool Crafts

I hope you and your children have a wonderful and Happy 4th of July this year. And I hope that these fun and creative 4th of July crafts will inspire you and your kids to celebrate the festivities even more this year.

4th of July Books for Preschoolers to Read About Independence Day

4th of July Books for Preschoolers to Read About Independence Day

Reading 4th of July books for preschoolers and other young children can get them excited about celebrating Independence Day and help to teach them about this national holiday in America and what it means. Independence Day books for kids try to keep things simple and fun, yet educational at the same time.

In this post I have a rounded up 18 different Independence Day books for kids of many different ages to enjoy from toddlers to 7th grade. Even your older children might enjoy reading these 4th of July picture books with their younger siblings or cousins.

4th of July Books for Preschoolers to Read About Independence Day

Independence Day Books for Kids

The 4th of July is a time for celebration in America. It’s a time when we can all come together to celebrate and appreciate the independence we are blessed with.

This selection of 4th of July books are intended to specifically teach children about the 4th of July in America (also known as Independence Day).

While there are a lot of great patriotic books and children’s books about America out there, I wanted to specifically focus on 4th of July picture books and a few great choices for longer read aloud Independence Day books for kids that can be read by older children or to your younger child over the course of 4th of July week.

I hope you enjoy and find the perfect books to read with your children for the Fourth of July this year!

List of 4th of July Picture Books



The Fourth of July Story by Alice Dalgliesh

The Fourth of July Story by Alice Dalgliesh

An accessible story of America’s birthday brings alive the history and spirit of the Fourth of July, with an introduction to the fight for independence and the events and people that shaped American tradition. What happened on the Fourth of July long before there were fireworks and parades? Alice Dalgliesh takes young readers back to revolutionary times, back to the colonists’ desire for freedom and the creation of the Declaration of Independence. Simple text captures the excitement of the era, telling how word of Independence traveled up and down the thirteen colonies, touching the lives of everyday people throughout the land.




Hello, Fourth of July! by Martha Day Zschock

Hello, Fourth of July! by Martha Day Zschock

In Hello, Fourth of July! join parent and child eagle as they spend the day surrounded by the red, white and blue. Along the way, take in a parade, view historical paintings and statues, hit the beach, and enjoy great food at a picnic and barbecue, topping off the day with a colorful fireworks display!




Story Of Americas Birthday by Patricia A. Pingry

Story Of Americas Birthday by Patricia A. Pingry

This little book presents the story of the founding of America in words that are simple enough for a toddler to understand. Vibrant illustrations paired with the text help to create the connection between the story of the Declaration of Independence and American Revolution and today’s Fourth of July festivities. Parents can use this book to introduce little ones to the history and meaning behind Independence Day. Ages 2-5.




Happy 4th of July, Jenny Sweeney! by Leslie Kimmelman

Happy 4th of July, Jenny Sweeney! by Leslie Kimmelman

It’s the 4th of July and all over town, people are getting ready. Jenny Sweeney gives her dog, Rags, a bath. All the preparations lead up to the big parade and a night of bright fireworks. It’s a great day. “Happy Birthday, USA!”




My Fourth of July by Jerry Spinelli

My Fourth of July by Jerry Spinelli

Picnics! Singing! Fireworks! It’s time to celebrate the best day of all–the Fourth of July! A responsible little boy who’s eager to do his part wakes up joyful and ready to celebrate his favorite day of all. But there’s a lot of work to do–pies to be baked, deviled eggs to be filled–and the boy has lots of jobs to complete before he can enjoy the fun . . . the world’s best picnic! Face painting! A band concert! And then, after what seems like the longest wait ever . . . he can kick back and enjoy the fireworks with the rest of the country. This delicious and spirited book celebrates small town America and is full of nostalgia for times gone by, yet absolutely of the moment.




Independence Day by Trudi Strain Trueit

Independence Day by Trudi Strain Trueit (Rookie Read-About Holidays)

An introduction to Independence Day for the youngest readers. This fact-filled Rookie Read-About Holiday book introduces the youngest readers (Ages 3-6) to Independence Day. Colorful photos and very simple nonfiction text encourage children to read on their own as they take an in-depth look at traditions and festivities on the Fourth of July.




What Is the Declaration of Independence? by Michael C. Harris

What Is the Declaration of Independence? by Michael C. Harris (What Was?)

Step back in time to the birth of America and meet the real-life rebels who made this country free! On a hot summer day near Philadelphia in 1776, Thomas Jefferson sat at his desk and wrote furiously until early the next morning. He was drafting the Declaration of Independence, a document that would sever this country’s ties with Britain and announce a new nation—The United States of America. Colonists were willing to risk their lives for freedom, and the Declaration of Independence made that official. Discover the true story of one of the most radical and uplifting documents in history and follow the action that fueled the Revolutionary War.




Happy Birthday, America: The Story of Independence Day by Mary Pope Osborne

Happy Birthday, America: The Story of Independence Day by Mary Pope Osborne

This book takes us through a lively celebration of the Fourth of July in small-town America. Three generations enjoy parades, popcorn, “Yankee Doodle Dandy,” and at the end of the day, lightning bugs and fireworks. “Then I blow out the stars, as if they were candles on a giant birthday cake”―a glorious image.




The Berenstain Bears God Bless Our Country by Mike Berenstain

The Berenstain Bears God Bless Our Country by Mike Berenstain (Berenstain Bears/Living Lights: A Faith Story)

The Bear family and their Bear Country neighbors celebrate the Fourth of July with a big parade. But not before the cubs get a lesson about the blessings of freedom for their country. 




Red, White, and Boom! by Lee Wardlaw and Huy Voun Lee

Red, White, and Boom! by Lee Wardlaw and Huy Voun Lee

Fireflies flit Sparklers spit Pinwheels spin Goosebump skin It’s the Fourth of July! Travel across the country for a city parade, a beach picnic, and fireworks in the park in this poetic celebration of the many cultures and traditions that make America’s birthday BOOM!


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Judy Moody Declares Independence by Megan McDonald

Judy Moody Declares Independence by Megan McDonald

Huzzah! She, Judy Moody, would hereby, this day, make the Judy Moody Declaration of Independence. With alien rights and her own Purse of Happiness and everything. Hear ye! Hear ye! Everyone knows that Judy Moody has a mood for every occasion, and now a visit to Boston has put our famous third grader in a revolutionary mood. When Judy meets an English girl named Tori at the Tea Party ship, she is gobsmacked to learn how many liberties her British friend enjoys — her very own phone, private loo, and pounds of allowance. When a day of cheerfully doing her chores doesn’t earn Judy Moody more rights, and staging a revolt in the form of a tea-throwing Boston Tub Party has her dad reading the riot act, Judy is forced into temporary retreat. Who would guess that a real-life crisis involving her brother, Stink, would finally give Judy a chance to show her courageous quick thinking – and prove her independence, once and for all?




Independence Day by Erika S. Manley

Independence Day by Erika S. Manley (Bullfrog Books: Holidays)

In Independence Day, young readers will learn about this American holiday and the ways people celebrate it. Vibrant, full-color photos and carefully leveled text will engage emergent readers as they explore this unique holiday.




Hooray for the 4th of July by Rick Brown

Hooray for the 4th of July by Rick Brown ((I’m Going to Read: Level 2))

Whoopee—it’s a 4th of July parade! Kids will happily join the celebration as marching feet keep the beat, big brass bands pass the stands, and decorated floats roll along. In this book the illustrations make everything look grand, from the fife and drum players to the flags flying high.




Fourth of July Mice! by Bethany Roberts

Fourth of July Mice! by Bethany Roberts (Green Light Readers Level 1)

It’s the Fourth of July, and the parade is ready to start! The Holiday Mice lead the way to a day full of nonstop fun, including a picnic, a baseball game, a sack race, and a splashy-sploshy dip in the stream. The best part comes at the end of the day when fireworks go BOOM! BOOM! BOOM! 




Corduroy's Fourth of July by Don Freeman and Lisa McCue

Corduroy’s Fourth of July by Don Freeman and Lisa McCue

Today is the 4th of July, and Corduroy and his friends are having a fun-filled picnic. They eat tasty treats and play games in the hot summer sun. Then it’s time to cool down with a dip in the pool. Next they take part in an Independence Day parade! Scruffy Pup bangs the drum, Checkerboard Bunny plays the flute, and Corduroy carries the American flag. Once it’s dark outside, the friends gather to watch an amazing fireworks display.




The Night Before the Fourth of July by Natasha Wing

The Night Before the Fourth of July by Natasha Wing

It’s the night before the Fourth of July and all across the United States people are getting ready for hot dogs and fireworks. Decked in red, white, and blue, a family heads to a parade, hosts a backyard BBQ with friends and family, dodges an afternoon thundershower, and of course, watches a fireworks show. The Night Before the Fourth of July captures all the fun, excitement, and pride of the best summer holiday!




Apple Pie Fourth of July by Janet S. Wong

Apple Pie Fourth of July by Janet S. Wong

Shocked that her parents are cooking Chinese food to sell in the family store on an all-American holiday, a feisty Chinese American girl tries to tell her mother and father how things really are. But as the parade passes by and fireworks light the sky, she learns a surprising lesson.




Hats off for the Fourth of July by Harriet Ziefert

Hats off for the Fourth of July by Harriet Ziefert

Spectators in Chatham wait to see what will come next as they watch the town’s Fourth of July parade, and although they are sad when it is over, they still have one more treat waiting for them.


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Celebrate America With These 4th of July Books for Preschoolers and Elementary-Aged Kids

I hope this list of great 4th of July books for preschoolers, kindergartners, and other elementary-aged children helps you to find the perfect book to read with your little one this Independence Day.

Whatever Fourth of July books you decide to read with your child, make sure to select books that not only get them excited to celebrate with fireworks, barbecues, and parades. But also make sure you choose books that educate them about the reason why we as Americans celebrate the 4th of July — because oftentimes with all the festivities that reason can easily become lost in the background.

But most of all enjoy these books about the 4th of July with your child and have a Happy Independence Day!