Fun Ideas for 4th Of July Pool Party

Every year we host a 4th of July Pool Party. We all go to our local 4th of July Parade in the morning and then friends and family gather at our house for a 4th of July picnic and pool fun.

4th of july pool party

Decorate your pool gate with a simple Fourth of July flag like this one. Place flags in planters and hang red, white and blue paper lanterns from the umbrella ribs.

Fourth of July Parties

Fourth of July Parties

It's easy to set a 4th of July theme with some simple red, white and blue plates and napkins and a couple of flags.

Every family brings a salad or a dessert which makes it easier for everyone. Some years we have grilled hamburgers and brats and other years we have served cold sandwiches.


Start with a blue or red checkered umbrella tablecloths for your food and party tables.

I have several of the red ones and use them all summer long.

It comes in round or oblong shaped.  It is next to impossible to find round umbrella tablecloths in the store - so here it is right on Amazon:

Blue or Red Checkered Zippered Table Cloth

The Red, White and Blue Table

4th of July decorations

I found these cute blue buckets at the dollar section at Target.

Use them to hold your utensils and napkins.  Tie a red ribbon around the buckets or adorn with red beads.  


Keep Cold Foods Cold

Keeping food cold is a challenge for any 4th of July party. We often have guests coming over a several hour period. I wore myself out putting food in the fridge, taking it out, putting it in the fridge - well, you get the idea.

Now I put the salads in acrylic salad bowls on Ice which helps to keep the salads cold and safe. They are pricier than other acrylic bowls but have been well worth it. They look great, the top keeps any bugs out and the ice keeps the food cold. Use chipped ice rather than ice cubes for a better fit. Get yours at Amazon here:

Prodyne IC-30 Iced Salad with Dome Lid

soft sided coolers that inflate

We love this inflatable cooler (with a drain) - fill it up with ice and then put your drinks, bowls of salad, or trays of fruits on top of the ice to keep foods cold. 

Inflatable Cooler with Drain

A rolling beverage cooler allows you to place your party cooler anywhere you want.  No lifting or carrying or if the sun gets too hot, just roll it to a shadier spot. 

Pool Deck Rolling Cooler 80 Quart Solid Steel

4th of July Decorations and Games

Have a dozen red, white and blue beach balls floating in the pool for your 4th of July pool party. Not only do they make for great pool decorations, but will add lots of fun to the guests pool time. We find that everyone loves to toss them around engages kids and adults.

Be sure to get at least 16" balls and not the mini-ones. Let the guests each take one home at the end of the party. Get a dozen of them from Amazon here:

12 Patriotic Red White And Blue Theme Beach Ball Inflates


Pennants provide the biggest bang for the buck. They provide lots of color strung around the pool party area. I love that the vinyl ones because they can be put up ahead of time and unlike paper decorations, it doesn't matter if an unexpected rain shower pops up.

String vinyl pennants on the pool fence. You can get this one for under $10 at Amazon:

Large 24 Foot Patriotic Pennant Banner


Have a couple of red, white and blue swim rings floating in the pool for decorations and for games and fun.


These are nice and large - 36" and made of durable vinyl. 

Get a couple of them so there are plenty of floats for your guests.

These themed swim rings are hard to find - but you can get them at Amazon year round here:

Red, White and Blue 36" Swim Ring

Hang a stars and stripes fabric bunting along the pool fence or one on the pool gate.  It measures 4' and is made out of polyester fabric - which means it can be used again and again.

Unlike paper decorations it can get wet from pool water splashes or rain. 

Three grommet holes make it easy to tie onto any location.

Stars and Stripes Fabric Bunting, 4-Feet

Fourth of July Invitations

Fourth of July invitations can be custom made, store bought or sent free via e-mail If you haven't used them before, try using Evite.com. I use E-vite frequently and it's free. Sending an e-invite has several benefits. People RSVP because it is so simple - no phone calls. You can edit or add information if you forget something - like,"Bring your Swimsuit and Towel." I like these simple red, white and blue flag invites from Amazon. They are postcards and cost $7 for eight of them: Red, White and True Party Invitation Postcards, 8 Count

A reminder is sent to the guests a couple of days prior reminding them of the event or letting them know that they have not RSVP'd.

For several year I simply invited our friends via a telephone call. Not any more. One year we had 30 people at our annual 4th of July pool party. They started coming at 11:30 AM with the last guests arriving at 6:30 PM. Needless to say the food went in and out of the fridge and in and out the microwave all day long. A written invitation with a specific time that the party starts and what time the food will be served (Food will be served promptly at 1:00 PM) has helped to "control the crowd" so that they are now all coming about the same time.

Add a few star sprinkles to the envelope for an extra festive touch.

Fourth of July Desserts

Use bright red strawberries and blueberries to make 4th of July desserts. This easy trifle was made by layering:

Angel Food Cake pieces

Cool Whip

4th of July Desserts

Strawberries

Blueberries

Angel Food Cake

Cool Whip

Strawberries

Blueberries

Let it sit for at least an hour. I make it the night before. It is so light and refreshing and looks so patriotic.

For more red, white and blue summer dessert recipes go to

Fourth of July Desserts

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