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A Patriotic Pool Party

Woman enjoying 4th of July Pool party with sparklers poolside

Celebrate this Fourth of July with a patriotic pool party for the books! It’s a perfect time to host your friends and family, celebrate America’s birthday and enjoy delicious summertime treats. Need some festively fresh ideas? No problem—we’ve got the red, white and bold ideas your patriotic pool party needs:

Patriotic Plates

Can it really be the Fourth of July without burgers and hot dogs? Maybe, but they’re the perfect staple main dish for any patriotic pool party. Make sure to include lots of toppings so that your guests can celebrate their independence and customize their burger or dog just the way they want!

This awesome Red White & Blue potato salad recipe from Taste of Home will have your party guests begging for more! Mix traditional russet potatoes (white) with red potatoes and small purple potatoes to create a festive and delicious dish everyone will love.

In addition to the potato salad, it’s important to have snacks for sides too – especially if kids are coming! Potato chips, pretzels, popcorn and cheese curls make the perfect All-American choices for both sides and snacks.

What better way to provide your guests with a refreshing sweet treat than to whip up this delicious berry vanilla layer cake? Arrange your cut strawberries into stars and mix in some whipped cream and blueberries for a perfect Fourth of July treat.

Kool-Aid in red and blue will make for fun options for the children. Drinks the Suddenly Summer and this awesome red, white and blue sangria are sure to wow the adult crowd.

And don’t forget the always refreshing water – perfect for any hot summer day. For this festive holiday, offer fruit infused water in strawberry or blueberry! Or you could even freeze fresh fruit in ice cubes to add a little extra festiveness to clear drinks of any variety.

An All-American Atmosphere

Add a nice touch to your table decor by throwing in a classic red gingham checkered table cloth with some red, white and blue napkins. 

Lighting can create a unique festive atmosphere for your event. This American flag light net will add a beautiful touch, especially if your party will last through sunset. If you’re feeling handy, you could create some gorgeous Fourth of July-inspired mason jar candle lanterns by painting them various shades of the flag and adding in a tea light. Don’t forget to throw in tons of sparklers for the kids to enjoy!

Patriotic pool accessories are the perfect way to add a festive touch to the atmosphere. Try mixing things up with an American flag beach ball, this awesome flag pool float or a fun patriotic eagle raft!

Festive Fun

Cornhole is a fun game that both adults and children can enjoy. Grab some red, white and blue bean bags—or better yet, get festive and paint your cornhole board American flag colors for an added touch!

Collect a bunch of glass bottles and paint them red, white and blue to create a fun Fourth of July coin toss for your guests. Friends can pool together $5 each, and the lucky winner can take home a cash prize!

Get into the holiday spirit by putting a festive twist on an old classic – capture the American flag! Split your guests up into teams, mark a space for “jail,” and have each team claim a territory and place their flag where they see fit. If a person gets tagged, they go to jail, and the only way they can get out is to get tagged by another team member. Winners get first dibs on dessert!

A patriotic pool party is a great way to bring family and friends together to enjoy some fun in the sun and celebrate our nation’s independence. Happy Fourth of July!