9 last-minute patriotic plans to get your Fourth poppin’

Fourth of July ideas are all over Pinterest, but if you’re like me you haven’t had time to weed out those “intense preparation required” ones (you know, the ones Pinterest fails are made of!). Here are a few ideas to help the last-minute mamas and daddies create a special holiday weekend.

1. Flag waffles

Take your regular waffles and strategically add bananas and berries to kick the holiday off right.


2. Patriotic bubble blowing

All you need is sugar, water and dishwashing soap to make this fun activity happen. Oh yeah, and straws! But chances are if you have a toddler or preschooler at home, you have these handy.

Patriotic bubble blower crafts


3. Fourth of July family Bingo

Looking for a game your wee ones and their older cousins will enjoy? Print these bingo cards and grab candy or stickers for game pieces.


4. Fireworks in a jar

Get into the spirit with a fun fireworks science project.


5. DIY July 4th kids’ shirt

Celebrate in style that doesn’t break the bank (and adds to the fun!) with this quick DIY shirt idea.


6. Fall off the bone BBQ ribs

Don’t want to waste the day away slaving over the stove? This quick recipe is getting rave reviews.


7. Rocket dogs

Here’s a quick and easy spin on a toddler favorite (but choose your hot dogs wisely).

rocket hot dogs


8. A fun and healthy salsa

This blueberry, strawberry and jicama salsa looks as delicious as it is beautiful. Love their suggestion of serving it with cinnamon pita chips and bet the kids will, too!


9. S’mores party packs

There’s no better way to end the day than with a classic: s’mores. If you’re short on time, skip the star shaped chocolates and use a regular chocolate bar since the sprinkled marshmallows and custom printable give these packs plenty of pizazz.

Patriotic smores



What fun Fourth of July activities are you planning this weekend? Share your fun ideas in the comments below.

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About Stephanie Winans, President, Pregnancy and Pediatrics

Stephanie Winans is the Vice President of Operations at Bundoo. When she’s not working, you’ll find her hanging out with her husband and 4-year-old daughter, reading like it’s going out of style, or obsessing over recipes and shoes on Pinterest.


  1. I love the homemade bubble blowers! We are going to make these this afternoon. And the rocket dogs are awesome! My girls will love them. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Hope the ideas were a hit!


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