With my birthday falling on July 2nd, I have had an Independence Day themed party for years. Many people have a problem with sharing their birthday with anyone else, but I LOVE sharing my party with the United States. Through the years, I have learned what must have items need to be included to host the most patriotic party in your neighborhood.

A patriotic outfit

Pair one of these adorable FFL tanks with a pair of jean shorts and your favorite sandals for an effortless, yet adorable 4th of July outfit. Add a red, white, and blue swimsuit underneath for an easy transition for a pool party.


What’s a 4th of July party without a fireworks show? Because of the dogs in my neighborhood, I prefer sparklers to sky shows, but there’s a firework type for everyone. Plus, many firework stands offer discounts for military, police officers, and firefighters. Don’t be afraid to ask.

Your favorite party food

Keep it simple with finger foods, grill hamburgers and hot dogs, or choose your favorite BBQ.

A patriotic cake

Decorated as a flag, firework show, or simply “Happy Birthday, America!” Your options of flavors and decor are endless, and let’s be honest: Who doesn’t love cake?

Homemade ice cream

This is my personal favorite dessert. Go classic with chocolate and vanilla or add cherry or blueberry to fit the color scheme.

Patriotic drinks

Anything red, white, or blue will be sure to please guests. Don’t forget to add some water to the cooler to keep everyone hydrated in the summer heat.

A patriotic playlist

Whether you use Pandora, Spotify, Apple Music, or another form of streaming, you’re sure to find a patriotic playlist to suit your music taste.


Star shaped watermelon, strawberries, cherries, blueberries, and raspberries are great options. Add some white fruit dip to complete the red, white, and blue color scheme.

Plates and napkins

These from FFL are perfect. 

Red, white, and blue table cloths

Something simple, but easy to pick up at your favorite convenience store. A perfect way to add some color and protect your tables.

Table decorations.

Mini flags, flowers, balloons with table weights, hats, bottle rockets, or FFL wine glasses full of red and blue candies.

Backyard games

Corn hole is my personal favorite, but you cannot have an America themed party without some form of backyard baseball. If you’re limited on space, use your favorite tabletop games.

Party favors

Sunglasses, flags, whistles, candy, stickers, buttons, and more.

Photo booth

Find patriotic props at your favorite convenience store and hang a cute backdrop.

Pick out some patriotic invitations and put them in the mail, or simply create a group on social media and invite your friends. You’re officially ready to party like it’s 1776.

Whitney E

Whitney is a senior majoring in communication at Mississippi State University. When she's not preparing for law school, you can find her online shopping or planning a trip to Disney World. She loves Ronald Reagan, traveling, and all things preppy.