How to Host a Patriotic Reunion by Lisa A. Alzo M.F.A.

With the Fourth of July just a few days away, many families will attend ceremonies, parades, and firework displays to mark this holiday that commemorates the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. Whether you celebrate on the day, or are planning an event later this year, here are some tips for hosting a patriotic-themed reunion.

  1. Dress in Red, White, and Blue. Look for t-shirts, hats, or socks with flag prints or other designs, or make/decorate something you already have in your closet. Search Etsy or Pinterest for ideas.
  • Schedule a traditional softball game, a volleyball or cornhole tournament. In honor of the 2024 Summer Olympics, host your own Family Reunion Olympics with activities such as a three-legged or sack races, human ring toss, and other team style challenges. See: for more ideas.

Recite the Pledge of Allegiance or sing the “The Star-Spangled Banner” beforehand.

  • Plan an “All-American” menu. Some traditional foods include Hot dogs, hamburgers,

barbecued meats, corn on the cob, potato salad, coleslaw, and baked beans. For dessert, serve watermelon, apple pie with ice cream and chocolate chip cookies, and S[mores, or get creative with fruit or Jello salads that include fresh berries and whipped topping. For ideas, see

  • Shop July 4th sales or scour your local Dollar Store for flags, streamers, and stars-and-stripes-themed decorations. Where legal, and if your venue permits it, have some sparklers on hand for when it gets dark. See for guidance. Make sure these consumer novelties are used only with adult supervision.
  • Cue up some patriotic tunes with a playlist that includes “America the Beautiful,” “My Country, Tis of Thee,” “This Land Is Your Land,” “Stars and Stripes Forever,” and other patriotic songs. Make it a sing-along with printed out lyric sheets so everyone can participate. See “Creating a Reunion Playlist”

However you choose to celebrate, have a safe and Happy 4th!