Festive 4th of July Ideas

I’m either really late sharing my festive 4th of July ideas or really early for next year.

Since I’m writing this ‘choose your own adventure’ blog post, I’m going to select the option that says I’m really, really early.

Alternatively, I could choose the option that says my purpose today is to get you in the mood for the 4th of July, which is TOMORROW. Ack!

No matter the reason, know this…these are all foods or crafts that I’ve personally made and enjoyed the heck out of and I hope you will too.


You have not lived until you’ve eaten a pie in which the berries are fresh, not baked.

A mixture of berries and a dollop of homemade whipped cream makes this dessert very red, white and blue appropriate. Although, truth be told, I’d eat this year-round.

Click here for the recipe.

Festive 4th of July Ideas Fresh Triple Berry Pie

And I’m not picky.

If you don’t have a bunch of different types of berries to use, just use one type.

Your tastebuds will still rejoice.

festive 4th of July ideas fresh raspberry pie


This is easily one of my favorite junky finds and wreath creations. Do I know how you can recreate this patriotic wreath?

No, I do not.

That’s not very helpful, is it?

All is not lost. I know you’re creative and you’ll come up with a great idea. Plus, it’s always a kick to read about the embarrassing way I dumpster dived for this tray thingie-ma-bob.

Between this blog and my children, life keeps me humble.

festive 4th of July ideas junky 4th of july wreath


Watermelon makes an excellent 4th of July table decoration, doesn’t it?

Until I eat it all everyone eats it.

Don’t blame me them because it is so worth it!

Red roses and American flags in milk vases are pretty awesome too.

festive 4th of july ideas patriotic table

As a side note, I always feel like I am invincible when I select a good watermelon.

When I select a bad watermelon…it is a sad day.


Whose foot is this?!?!

Oh, right. That’s my foot.

I’m sorry about that.

Not sorry about painting a flag on my big toes though! Details here.

festive 4th of july ideas american flag pedicure

Here’s a helpful tip. If anyone gets this close to your feet to judge how straight your lines are or how wonky your feet look, they are TOO CLOSE.


I’m definitely reusing this burlap flag for a centerpiece again this year!

I used craft paint and a burlap sack to make this centerpiece. It was super easy and definitely a festive 4th of July centerpiece.

festive 4th of july ideas burlap american flag centerpiece

Do you have big plans for the 4th of July?

Not surprisingly, we are going to a 4th of July parade because I love watching parades with every fiber of my being. One thing I have my kids do (and I don’t always see it done) is stand for the American flag when it passes by during the start of the parade. According to this US Flag site┬áthat is correct etiquette. You are also supposed to place your hand over your heart like when the National Anthem is played. These are good things to know.

Happy 4th of July!

Thanks for reading today’s post about festive 4th of July ideas. Here are some more posts inspired by America’s history that you might enjoy.

Travel: Washington’s Headquarters

Travel: Valley Forge National Historic Park

Travel: Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library


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  • Sandy Smith

    Happy 4th of July.

    I love your toes! Mine would be a disaster if I tried that. I also like the little patriotic pinwheels. You could put more on that thing a mabob and have the flag in the middle.

    4th of July isn’t the 4th without watermelon.

    Thanks for teaching your children to stand when the flag goes by. So many people don’t have a clue. Boys taking their hat off is also honorable.

    Enjoy the day. I’ll be going to the parade in Monmouth. This evening I’m going to the Monmouth park to hear the Albany Swing band and the Willamette Valley Concert band. They always play patriotic music.

    • annisa

      I hope you had a great day! There are a lot of flags in a 4th of July parade, so we stand for the first one with the grand marshal, but I also happened to stand with the WWII vets came by. And this gentleman smiled so big and yelled out to me, “There aren’t too many of us vets left! Couldn’t even get a full carload!” And he grinned and I looked and sure enough, there were only 3 of them in the car.

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