The 4th of July is a time to celebrate America’s independence, freedom and history with family and friends. It is also a time to have some fun and enjoy games to make any party more memorable and entertaining. Whether hosting a backyard barbecue, picnic in the park, or virtual gathering online, here are four easy to setup 4th of July games to play.
1. Patriotic Ring Toss
This game is simple, but probably one of the most addictive 4th of July games around. All one needs are some plastic rings, and some bottles or cans painted red, white and blue. Either buy them or make them yourself with some spray paint. Arrange the bottles or cans in a row or a pyramid shape and mark a line for the players to stand behind. Then give each player a set of rings and let them try to toss them onto the bottles or cans. Different points can be assigned for different colours or shapes, or just keep it simple and count how many rings each player lands. The player with the most points wins.
This game is great for all ages and skill levels, and difficulty can be adjusted easily by changing the distance or the size of the rings. The game can also be made more festive by playing some patriotic music in the background or giving out prizes like flags, stickers or candy.
2. American History Trivia
Knowledge and trivia games are always great ideas when spending time with family and friends. This time around, the spin is how the games take on an American history flavour with fun and interesting 4th of July facts. Those feeling up to the challenge can prepare questions beforehand or, for those who might be a little strapped for time, simply use one of the many quizzes available online. Some examples are:
- These July 4th Trivia Questions (with Answers!) Will Reveal Just How Much You Remember From History Class
- Fourth of July Quiz: Test Your Knowledge of U.S. History
- Independence Day Quiz: How Well Do You Know American History?
This game can be enjoyed individually or in teams, depending on how many people are present. It can even be made more competitive by setting a time limit, keeping scores, or eliminating players who get wrong answers. In the end, the player or team with the most correct answers wins.
This game is fun, educational and informative, ensuring it remains one of the most entertaining 4th of July games. Those who play might learn something new or have their memory refreshed. Either way, a good time is almost always guaranteed.
3. United States Bingo Game
As far as 4th of July games go, here is another classic game with an American twist: bingo focussed on United States geography. Those who wish to play can either buy a board game like this one or print out their own bingo cards online like these ones. The game also requires a caller who will draw cards with state names or pictures and announce them to the players. Depending on how many rounds take place, it is always a good idea to switch out the caller, so they can also take part in the fun.
Playing the game is simple. Each player will get a bingo card with different states on it. The caller will draw a card and say the name or show the picture of the state. The players will look at their cards and mark off the state if they have it. The first player to get five states in a row, column, diagonal or four corners will shout “BINGO!” and win. Simple is as simple does.
Much like the general knowledge game above, this version of bingo is fun and easy to play, whilst also being somewhat educational.
4. Let Freedom Ring
As far as 4th of July games go, ‘Let Freedom Ring’ is the most complex on this list; requiring a little more preparation. Despite this, is is also, perhaps, the most gratifying to play. In the most basic of senses, the game is a cool way to use ice cubes in a creative way. All players need are some small Dixie cups, equally small Christmas bells, water and a freezer. Spoons and some paper plates or bowls are also recommended.
To prepare the game, fill the Dixie cups half full with water and freeze them. Then, place a bell in each cup on top of the frozen water and fill the rest of the cup with water, leaving some space at the top. Freeze them again so that the bell is frozen in the middle of the cup. One cup is needed for each player, so plan accordingly.
To play the game, give each player a cup, a spoon and a plate or a bowl. Players must now use the spoon to get the bell out of the ice and ring it. The catch is how players are not allowed to throw the ice on the ground or use anything else to break it. They must use the spoon only. The first player to get their bell out and ring it wins.
This game is best played outside since the ice will melt and make a mess. It is also a good way to cool off on a hot summer’s day – making this one of the most ‘rewarding’ 4th of July games.
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