4th of July Activity Sidekick

We have curated some fun additions for your 4th of July Celebrations!

We know it can’t be all hot dogs and fireworks! Here are some things you can do to help plan your Independence Day!

Games to Play that need nothing else!

  • If I were going on a picnic I’d take… : Residents each pick an item they would take on a picnic repeating the person’s item before them.  Add a challenge by going letter-by-letter through the alphabet. It’s just a fun memory game to play.
  • Have a parade: use whatever instruments and noisemakers you have on hand, line up wheelchairs, use streamers, play patriotic music and parade around!
  • Have a Red, White and Blue fashion show.  
  • Everyone go around the circle and perform your best impression of fireworks!
  • Name as many states (or capitals) as you can in one minute.
  • Take our 4th of July Trivia Quiz or Scavenger Hunt from the activity booklet, and make a hallway or socially distanced version of it for prizes! Make sure to discard these pages in the booklet if you do this activity instead!

Simple Patriotic Snack Ideas

Let residents decorate their own cupcakes with blue icing, stars and red sprinkles

Popcorn with added red and blue M&Ms and marshmallows, make a sweet and salty treat no one can resist! (If popcorn doesn’t work for you try it with chex mix)

How about some blue jello topped with whipped cream and red sprinkles?

Sometimes it’s just about the presentation or getting them involved.  Try square pretzels with a dollop of white chocolate and a red or blue M&M.  

And of course, we need healthy snacks too!

Layer a parfait cup with fruit (strawberries, blueberries, watermelon, raspberries or blackberries) with vanilla yogurt.

Thread bananas, strawberries and blueberries on skewers for a healthy kebab.


Conversation Starters for your 1-on-1s

These are great for conversations, or writing prompts! (You can even send written answers into the Resident Tales and have your residents see their writing in print!)

  • If you were the president of the United States what would be the first three things on your agenda?
  • What is your favorite thing to eat on the 4th of July?
  • Why are you proud to be an American?
  • Make up a story about how the Liberty Bell got its crack.
  • How would the US be different today if the British had won the war of independence?

Patriotic Movies to Watch

  • The Right Stuff (1983)
  • Gettysburgh (1993)
  • Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942)
  • Stripes (1981)
  • Private Benjamin (1980)
  • Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)
  • 1776 (1972)
  • Independence Day (1996)
  • Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)
  • Patton (1970)