Hooray! July 4 is almost here, and we're all in favor of making it your family's most fun, firework-filled celebration to date. Whether you're looking for a new recipe idea with some patriotic flair, outfit ideas for your little ones, or a craft to keep the kiddos busy, it's all right here for you. Check out our 99 red, white, and blue Fourth of July ideas, and have a blast!
Bake This: Red Velvet Ice Cream Sandwiches
The star-shaped red velvet shortbread cookies and cream cheese ice cream that make up these patriotic ice cream sandwiches  could turn anyone into a patriot!
Bake These: Cupcakes on a Stick
My Juice Cup transformed Bakerella's cake pop recipe  into these mini cupcake-cake pop combos.
Wear This: Crazy 8 Dress
From the sash to the straps, the polka dots on this Crazy 8 dress  ($17, originally $25) are too sweet to pass up.
Wear These: Crewcuts Swim Trunks
Anchors aweigh! Star-emblazened boardshorts  ($48) from J.Crew  are a great way to spend the Summer holiday by the sea or pool.
Bake These: On the Grill
Using three lollipop sticks instead of one turns your cupcakes into minigrills! Duncan Hines's clever recipe  uses Tootsie Rolls, jelly beans, Mike and Ikes, and a detailed combo of Starbursts and caramel for realistic candy "meat."
Bake These: Patriotic Push Pops
A new twist on an old favorite, Love From the Oven's Push Pops  feature sweet layers of red and blue frosting.
Make This: Doily Fireworks
All you need to create this sparkling firework art  are glitter or shimmer paint, doilies, and paper. Easy and awesome!
Wear This: Gap Kids Shorts
The madras style of Gap's Patchwork plaid flat front shorts  ($23) is a fresh take on a classic.
Bake These: Stars and Stripes
My Juice Cup  took a creative approach to these red, white, and blue cake pops and displayed them (sans sticks) as an American flag.
Wear These: Peek Star Shorts
Your tot will be ready for July 4 in Peek's adorable Griffin Star Print Stretch Denim Cutoff Shorts  ($45).
Wear This: Sweetheart Rose Little Girls' Polka Dot Sundress
How adorable is this spirited polka-dot sundress  ($20) from Sweetheart Rose?
Make This: Candy Fireworks
Rolls of candy like Rolos, Mentos, and Sweet Tarts are transformed into fun faux fireworks in 30 Minute Crafts' cute candy fireworks craft .
Make These: Rice Krispies
Rice Krispies, marshmallow, butter, and food coloring make for a sweet set of stripes on these red, white, and blue treat bars .
Make This: Pipe Cleaner Sparklers
Wind together red, blue, and silver pipe cleaners to create faux "sparklers"  — all the fun, without the fire.
Wear This: Carter's T-Shirt
This faded gray flag tee  ($7) from Carter's is a fun and hip way to ring in the Fourth.
Make These: Fireworks Flowers
These paper flowers  might look like exploding fireworks, but they're actually made of watercolor-painted coffee filters!
Wear This: Tommy Hilfiger Little Boys' Cruz Shirt
If you're headed to the beach or somewhere with a chill, keep him warm with this subtly festive Tommy Hilfiger red, white, and blue button-down  ($24, originally $43).
Wear This: Fourth of July Hair Cip Set
Top off her Fourth of July ensemble with the sweetest felt flower clip  ($8) from Etsy's Muffintopsandtutus.
Bake These: All Wrapped Up
Make cake pops an easy take-home favor  by wrapping them in cellophane and displaying them near your party's exit.
Wear This: Carter's T-Shirt
Throw patriotic flags into the mix with this Carter's Fourth of July tee  ($7, originally $14).
Bake These: Fireworks Cookies
Martha Stewart 's fireworks sugar cookies  look a lot more complicated to make than they actually are, though it might take some practice to get the perfect firework!
Wear This: Emmerlus Designs T-Shirt
The old-fashioned vibe of Emmerlus Designs' embroidered tee  ($28) lends itself well to the patriotic holiday.
Make This: Porcupine Ball Fireworks
Porcupine balls, paint, and glitter turn a plain piece of paper into a crafty fireworks explosion , thanks to some imagination from Rust & Sunshine.
Bake These: Hot Off the Grill
Hot Tamales and chocolate cupcakes make for a barbecue treat that's simply en fuego — from Life's a Batch .
Make These: Wow 'Em With Watermelon
Natalie's Cake Pops  came up with the most realistic take on watermelon cake pops — right down to the chocolate chip "seeds."
Make These: Fruit Pops
Cookie cutters turn watermelon, apples, and blueberries into a healthful holiday dessert. Striped straws add to the appeal.
Make These: Vintage-Inspired Pinwheel Toppers
We love the old-school feel of these vintage-y pinwheel cupcake toppers, made from fondant by Celebrating Moments by Marcie .
Make These: Fourth of July Rockets
While these paper rockets  were designed as Fourth of July favor packages, they could also be filled with confetti or glitter to make for a firework-type explosion.
Make These: Glue and Sand Fireworks
Blow diluted crafts glue through a straw onto a sheet of black foam to create starburst shapes. Then sprinkle colored sand on the glue, and voilà, you have your very own fireworks display .
Bake These: Ice Cream Cone Cupcakes
Swapping out ice cream with a frosted cupcake is Love From the Oven 's answer to the issue of the melting ice cream cone.
Make These: Red, White, and Blue Strawberries
Strawberries  get a sweet holiday makeover with white candy melts and blue sugar.
Wear This: American Apparel Tank
A classic American Apparel flag tank  ($15) will easily become a wardrobe staple.
Party On! Printable Inspiration
Get the look of this classic American BBQ with free printables !
Party On! Centerpieces
Wooden planter boxes were flipped upside down to serve as a base for recycled cans-turned-vases.
Wear This: American Apparel Tee
No one does a basic cotton tee  ($13) quite like American Apparel . . .
Decorate With This: Firework Wall Decal
An oversize firework wall decal  ($69) makes for high-flying fun, all year round!
Wear These: Dolce & Gabbana Swim Trunks
Get two designer swimsuits for the price of one with Dolce & Gabbana 's reversible infant swim trunks  ($155)
Bake These: Bomb Pop Cupcakes
Inspired by the old-school ice cream truck fave, these red, white, and blue cupcakes were reinterpreted from the classic pops by Confessions of a Cookbook Queen .
Party On! Icebreakers
Scattering games on the tables and around the backyard makes it easy to mix and mingle, even if not everyone at your party knows one another.
Party On! Cracker Jacks
The retro packaging of Cracker Jacks makes them a great (and inexpensive!) favor for vintage-inspired, all-American BBQs.
Bake These: Cupcake Burgers
No, we didn't accidentally include burgers in a dessert gallery. These incredibly realistic cupcake burgers are the genius product of Pardon My Crumbs  and would be perfect for your Fourth of July barbecue.
Wear This: Kanu Surf Swimsuit
The geometric print of this Kanu Surf  bathing suit  ($19) is nothing but fun.
Wear This: Hartstrings Dress
The great thing about Hartstrings 's
Wear This: Helena Red, White, and Blue Sundress
The color block design and pleated A-line skirt on this Helena Red, White, and Blue Sundress  make it a winner! ($118).
Make These: Fireworks T-Shirts
Grab a white tee, Sharpie markers, rubbing alcohol, a small dish or cup, an eyedropper, newspaper, and an iron, and you'll have everything you need to make a fireworks t-shirt with your lil one. It's surprisingly easy, and you can get step-by-step instructions here .
Bake This: Brownie and Berries Dessert Pizza
This red, white, and blue brownie pizza  is gluten-free.
Bake This: Flag Cake
Sugary Winzy's flag cake  takes it up a notch. The outside, covered in star-shaped marshmallow fondant, is as beautiful as the inside.
Bake These: Orange You Glad . . .
Nestingproject , a member of POPSUGAR Social , shared this delicious recipe for orange creamsicle cupcakes , which would be oh so refreshing on a hot Summer afternoon.
Source: POPSUGAR user nestingproject
Wear These: Ralph Lauren Trunks
There's something so classically nautical about Ralph Lauren 's Sanibel Swim Trunk  ($45).
Party On! A Red, White, and Blue Backdrop
Simple party accessories (and found props, like the wire baskets shown on the table here) are artfully arranged for a down-home vibe.
Wear This: Peek Sweatshirt
Peek's Freedom Rocks sweatshirt  ($38) is the perfect throw-on for late-night firework watching.
Wear This: Gymboree T-Shirt
Your American girl can showcase her style in Gymboree 's sweet Sweetheart Tee  ($10, originally $20).
Make These: Star-Spangled Blueberry Parfaits
These star-spangled blueberry parfaits  are actually pretty healthy, using low-fat pound cake, jam, low-fat vanilla yogurt, and fresh blueberries.
Party On! All in the Details
Transferring basic condiments into glass containers makes them look extra special, and tying coordinating fabric on the wire basket makes it a perfect piece for this party.
Party On! Sweets and Treats
An adorable "faucet" soap dish is transformed into a server for Dubble Bubble.
Party On! BBQ Beans
The printable labels  on the baked bean jars are free to download.
Bake This: Flag Cake
Create your own red, white, and blue flag cake by following these instructions .
Wear These: Gymboree Swim Trunks
Salute your shorts in these fun Patriotic Stripe Swim Trunks  ($8, originally $22) by OshKosh B'gosh.
Wear This: Ralph Lauren Sweater
Have plans for the Fourth that require a little more pizzazz? Ralph Lauren 's American Flag Sweater  ($75, originally $35) is a dressier option that he can wear into Fall.
Wear These: OshKosh Flip-Flops
A festive holiday like the Fourth deserves footwear to match. These Fourth of July flip-flops  ($5) should do the trick!
Party On! Table Settings
A blue and white gingham tablecloth gives the seated table an old-fashioned picnic feel, and layered place settings add interest.
Make These: Confetti Balloons
Confetti-filled balloons  allow a big explosion without any fire. Just use a funnel to pour confetti into a balloon until it's a quarter full, then inflate it with a hand pump. You can even pop them indoors!
Wear This: Crewcuts T-Shirt
The fireworks won't be the only ones glowing on the Fourth! J.Crew's glow-in-the-dark tee  ($27) is superfestive!
Wear This: Peek T-Shirt
He can get in the all-star spirit, thanks to this sporty This Land Was Made For You and Me t-shirt  ($34).
Bake This: Red, White, and Blue Cake in a Jar
While the sweet staff at Babble made this cake in a jar  for Memorial Day, it works equally well for the Fourth.
Make These: Patriotic Pretzels
Pretzel sticks  dipped in CandiQuik Coating  and covered with red, white, and blue sprinkles makes for a quick, inexpensive addition to your patriotic dessert table.
Bake This: Independence Icebox Cake
Martha Stewart 's independence icebox cake  is made with layers of vanilla wafers and strawberry whipped cream, topped with blueberries and raspberries.
Wear This: Old Navy Tee
This Old Navy  graphic t-shirt  ($8, originally $15) sums up all the reasons to love the Fourth of July.
Wear This: Stella McCartney Kids Dress
This Stella McCartney  Kids denim star dress  ($65, originally $162) is perfect for after the Fourth of July, too.
Bake This: American as Apple Pie
Mommy Topics  combines two cookout faves — pie and cupcakes — for a July 4 sweet treat that's sure to wow a crowd.
Wear This: Peek Hoodie
If an evening of watching fireworks on the beach turns chilly, Peek's Let Freedom Ring Hoodie  ($50) is a patriotic way to warm up.
Bake These: Cupcakes in a Jar
The perfect party favor that guests can take on the go, these patriotic Cupcakes in a Jar are the brainchild of Glorious Treats  and were featured on The TomKat Studio. Originally intended for a Memorial Day treat, they're perfect for any Summer holiday.
Wear This: Crazy 8 T-Shirt
Rock out on the Fourth with this Land of the Free tee  ($3, originally $10) — a bargain from Crazy 8 .
Party On! Welcome Table
A welcome table (especially one that immediately offers up good eats or drinks) is a nice way to make company feel welcome, and ready to party! For this display, a piece of indoor furniture was brought outside — we love the rustic look of red, white, and blue flowers in the partially opened dresser drawer.
Party On! Easy Eats
Turn fun patterned paper into cones, and fill them with an easy snack, like chips or popcorn.
Party On! Stack Your Own Shortcakes
An unexpected take on the traditional sundae bar, building your own shortcakes is a nice way to incorporate fresh Summer berries into your menu. Dress up a whipped cream can in patterned fabric, and offer guests the option of strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries.
Bake This: A Dressed-Up Dessert
Style Me Pretty's DIY tutorial  gives any dessert a charming, retro edge. These would be a great craft for kids at a Fourth of July party!
Make This: Watermelon and Feta Flag
This blueberry, watermelon, and feta (a surprisingly awesome flavor combo) flag  couldn't be easier or more perfect for the holiday.
Wear This: Hello Kitty Tank
She'll be the most stylish tot at the barbecue in this adorable tank  ($14) by Old Navy .
Bake These: Red, White, and Blue Pinwheel Icebox Cookies
Just a Taste's red, white, and blue pinwheel icebox cookies  are a great make-ahead treat. Prepare the dough in advance and refrigerate, then slice and bake pre-party.
Party On! Buffet Table
The buffet table was kept simple, and every detail was attended to. Canning (or mason) jars are a charming way to serve drinks, and condiments were transferred into coordinating serving pieces. Even the baked beans were served in mini canning jars — perfect for grab 'n go eating.
Wear This: Dolce & Gabbana Ginham Swimsuit
Splashing around in the pool has never been so stylish, thanks to this adorable Dolce & Gabbana Gingham Swimsuit  ($140).
Wear This: Ralph Lauren Romper
A cozy Ralph Lauren classic  ($35) suits with the July 4 holiday perfectly.
Wear These: Oscar de la Renta Swim Trunks
Traditionalists will embrace Oscar de la Renta 's classic fish swim trunks  ($52, originally $110) for little boys.
Wear These: O'Neill Boardshort
O'Neills's easy Santa Cruz Stripe Swimsuit  ($29) are perfect for the holiday.
Party On! Super Sliders
A party-perfect alternative to the full-sized burger, minisliders are easier for guests to eat while mingling.
Wear This: Children's Place Romper
This one-piece Children's Place romper  ($10, originally $17) is an easy, no-fuss way for her to sport her spirit.
Make These: Miniparfaits
The combination of cherry-almond cookie dough and whipped cream cheese is almost explosive in these miniparfaits .
Make These: Marshmallow Pops
Marshmallow pops  covered in chocolate, peanut butter, and sprinkles can be made ahead of time and refrigerated.
Wear This: Janie and Jack Dress
The ribbon detail on this Janie and Jack dress  ($47, originally $59) adds a sweet touch.
Wear This: Kohl's Tank
How sweet is this Jumping Beans time to sparkle tank  ($7, originally $16).
Wear This: Brooks Brothers Dress
A classic Brooks Brothers Sleeveless Smocked White Seersucker Dress  ($75) is a most appropriate way to dress for the holiday.
Wear This: Carter's Skirt
She'll look like a star wearing this Carter's Fourth of July skirt  ($6, originally $7).
Make These: Cupcake Liner Fireworks
Gather black construction paper, cupcake liners, markers, glitter, scissors, and glue and follow these instructions  to create these cute paper fireworks.
Make This: Fireworks Centerpiece
Glittered card stock, shish kebab sticks, and straws are all you need to make this cool fireworks centerpiece , which we're betting your kids will love to pull apart and play with!
Make This: Patriotic Caramel Corn
Caramel corn  drizzled with white candy melts and red, white, and blue sprinkles turns caramel corn into a patriotic treat.
Bake This: Cake Pops
Sprinkles both inside and out make these cake pops  beautifully patriotic.
Wear These: Gap Swim Trunks
Gap's star swim trunks  ($20) come in sizes for baby boys 0-24 months old.