Independence Day reminds us of childhood summers. As soon as it hits July all I want to do is drink lemonade on my (imaginary) front porch and wave my American flag to the soundtrack of of hot dogs sizzling and “You’re a Grand Ole Flag” played by a live band led by Grandpa.
I most remember my neighborhood houses and shop windows decked out in red, white and blue bunting. The star-spangled pinwheel toys and glittering cookies. And since now’s the season, we’ve collected some of our favorite decor ideas, with the help of a Thumbtack pro, to get you into the patriotic spirit.
For the Porch
Is there anything more quintessential than a big ole flag waving in the breeze on any front porch? It doesn’t even need to be July for that to be a gorgeous sight. The good news is that a flag isn’t your only option. Mine any dollar store, or even your own home, for items that make a statement should you be blessed with the true American Dream: a front porch.
The most classic of 4th of July decor, we’d be silly not to include. This flag-bunting tutorial is surprisingly easy and just a few of these babies on the porch can make any house feel suddenly colonial (in the best possible way).
Cupcake Liner Wreath
Wreaths are not just for Christmas my friends (unless it’s Christmas in July) and I’m in love with this adorable door decor made with patriotic cupcake wrappers. You can usually find these at any grocery store, making them cheap to make and easy to assemble.
Just in case you don’t have enough flag going on on your porch, it’s incredibly easy to paint one yourself. We love this DIY from His Heart and Home.
Red, White and Blue Flower Display
This is so easy it’s almost not fair to call it a DIY (though you could hire a landscaper to make it lasting): Go to your local Lowes or Home Depot and purchase an assortment of red, white and blue flowers. Organize them by color or into stripes on the steps up to your house and – voilà – instant patriotism.
For the Parade
If you live in any city in America, your community probably has some sort of parade. If you’re going, go in style! Wave flags, pinwheels, or streamers to cheer on your townsfolk. Or if you’re really fancy, attend in costume.
I was always so jealous of kids who attached playing cards to their bike wheels, slapping against the spokes as they peddled through the streets. There are so many neat things you can do with a bike to celebrate the 4th, whether you’re cycling around the neighborhood or participating in the parade.
Sitting in the hot sun waiting for a glimpse of someone you love is both fun and exhausting. These paper fans aren’t just patriotic—they’re useful too. And if you’ve got a little entrepreneur in the family, you could set a up a “fan stand” and sell them during the day!
I’m not going to lie, I would wear this all the time (and I think you should too). All you need to make these beauties are ribbon and a star garland, usually found for super cheap at any craft store.
This DIY is so easy and the end result is super cute. Almost as cute as the kids waving them while cheering on the parade floats.
For the Party
Here’s my favorite tip: Go around your house with a big box and collect everything you own that is red, white or blue. Take all those things—pillows, candles, mugs, random tchotchke your mother-in-law gave you that you pretended to like—and arrange said items into centerpieces, table settings, and window displays. It’s like you planned it or something!
If you’re looking for a bit more organization, here are a few party decor ideas we can’t wait to implement.
Disposable Table Settings
Disposable table settings are perfect for Independence Day as almost all brands feature settings in red, white or blue. Mix and match to create a fabulously patriotic setting.
Star Spangled Lanterns
Martha Stewart has an awesome DIY using inexpensive paper lanterns and streamers. I can just imagine these lit up at night after the BBQ is over, the fireflies have come out, and we’re ready to light the sparklers.
Bandanas for everything
“For an easy and fun table cloth idea try these bandanas sewn together to make a patriotic tablecloth for your outdoor BBQ,” says interior decorator and Thumbtack pro Daniele Maxwell.
Bandanas are actually so versatile and you can do so much with them—from tablecloths to napkins to an impromptu DIY flag.
Display your sparkle
What’s a 4th of July party without sparklers? Instead of keeping these in a drawer until the sun goes down, integrate them as part of your decor for a nifty centerpiece while giving everyone something to look forward to!
You can also gift everyone a pack at their place setting.
Over to you: What are some creative ways you’ve seen neighbors decorate around the 4th of July?