Fourth of July Party Ideas List

All Your Fourth of July Party Supplies

Ah, Independence Day, the unofficial start to summer’s backyard party season. Whether you’re sprucing up your own outdoor situation—or heading to someone else’s with your trusty dish-to-pass, you’re going to need some gear to ring in America’s birthday right. This means, first and foremost, patriotic party grub and drinks, but that’s not what this list is about—please see our Fourth of July BBQ Essentials list for the best in patriotic picnicking. For everything else, feast your eyes below!

Even the most experienced host faces party challenges from time to time. To keep the mood light and lively, why not invest in some friendly backyard games such as badminton, Twister, or volleyball?  Don’t forget the music, along with some Bluetooth speakers. Pro tip: plan ahead and make your own playlist of American classics—with a hearty dose of The Boss, of course.  When it finally gets dark enough for fireworks and lightening bugs, make sure some extra blankets and jackets are on hand if the weather is less than balmy. Even in ideal temps, mosquitos and flies may crash your party in a big way. Stock up on insect repellent and citronella candles to keep ‘em at bay. Now sit back, relax, and enjoy your star-spangled night!

Fourth of July Party Shopping List

Shopping checklist for all your Fourth of July party supplies.

  • Folding table or picnic tables
  • Paper plates
  • Party cups
  • Compostable cutlery
  • Water dispenser
  • Smores sticks
  • Festive napkins
  • Festive tablecloth
  • Festive centerpiece
  • Citronella candles
  • Lawn chairs
  • Cooler
  • Flags
  • Patriotic party favors
  • Fireworks
  • Sparklers
  • Sprinkler or pool
  • Water guns
  • Music playing device
  • Portable speakers
  • Backyard games
  • Sunscreen
  • Bug spray
  • First Aid kit
  • Umbrellas or shade tents
  • Light blankets