Walmart has some cool patriotic stuff! I personally purchased a few cupcake holders, actually for a birthday party this week, that have a cupcake display built into the lid. They also have some neat plastic tubs, french fry trays (like the ones you get in a restaurant- I loved those!), among other things. Prices are not too bad either!
Dollar Tree has TONS of glowsticks of all sorts- you can get 5 bracelets/necklaces for $1!!
Make your own confetti lauchers. Learn how at familyfun.go.com!
Design a rosette banner- looks easy, and cute too! (Country Living)
Even your breakfast can be patriotic! Click here for a recipe for patriotic pancakes (the red ones are red velvet!)
Children's activities can include the following:
- Classic games (three-legged race, potato sack race, water balloon toss)
- Glow sticks
- A giant game of "Capture the flag"
- Patriotic Face Paint- we always just use water color pencils instead of face paints- they are easier to draw a precise line with as long as you don't press too hard
- Let children create a parade of their own for parents to watch using decorated bikes and wagons