Fourth of July Weekend for Philly Kids: Fireworks, Festivals, and More Fun Things to Do

It's Fourth of July weekend! And, since this special summer holiday falls on a Thursday this year, many Philly parents find themselves with a four-day reprieve. What better way to celebrate our nation's freedom and independence than with fun-filled activities found in our events calendar!

Start off with an Independence Day celebration being held on the Parkway, in Peddler's Village, at a Park, or at the Plantation. Once the sun sets, watch the night sky illuminate in the city, in the suburbs, or down the shore. After Fourth of July events are over, families can load up baby in the stroller and wander about the Philadelphia Museum of Art for a Baby Bird Playdate, take the preschoolers to explore the Delaware Children's Museum during its discounted $5 After 5 PM event, discover fun facts with school aged kids at Penn Museum's Storytime Expedition, and try canoeing with tweens and teens at the John James Audubon Center. For family fun, head to the Great Plaza at Penn's Landing for its weekend long Hispanic Fiesta, ride the amusements at the Norco Fire Company Carnival, or spend some time at a museum such as the Brandywine River Museum or the Barnes.

So, dress up in your red, white, and blue and make it a great weekend!

Fun Things to Do on July 4th in NYC If Your Family Doesn’t Like Fireworks

Fireworks just aren't for everyone. For little kids especially, the loud noises and flashing lights in the sky can be overwhelming and a little scary. If that's the case in your family, the Fourth of July might be a bit of a challenge in New York City.

But no worries: You don't have to line up midday to stand in a crush of strangers and then wait for nightfall to watch the sky explode in order to enjoy this holiday in NYC. We've got a cool dozen ideas to help you navigate the birth of our nation, gunpowder-free!

Of course, you can also always turn to our July GoList, our compendium of 100 Free Things to do with NYC Kids This Summer, and our bulging calendar for more ideas. Happy 4th!

Get Ready for the World's Largest Inflatable 5k Obstacle Course

If you and your children adore trampolines and bounce houses, this family-friendly 5k will be right up your alley: Get "pumped up" to grab your running shoes and your most breathable clothing, because the Insane Inflatable 5K is coming your way.

Touring the country this summer and fall—including stops in Chicago, the Hudson Valley, the Poconos, and Houston—this unique fun-run features giant inflatables which form an enormous obstacle course. Inflatable fun that parents and kids can enjoy together? Count us in! 

Best Fourth of July Activities for Kids That Aren't Fireworks

It's Fourth of July week, and the kids are itching for something fun to do before the big fireworks show. Keep them entertained with these Independence Day activities, including patriotic crafts, cooking projects, and even day trips.

We've rounded up plenty of kid-friendly things to do this Fourth of July, including for toddlers and preschoolers who might prefer to avoid those startling (and thunderous) sky explosions. But we didn't neglect the big kid and teen activities either.

Find more at-home activity ideas in our Boredom Busters for Kids guide, including 100 Awesome Crafts and the Ultimate Summer Play List.

Coolest Rivers in Texas for Kid-Friendly Floating & Tubing

Lounging on a rubber inner tube and soaking up the summer sun while dipping your toes into chilly river water is basically a Texas rite of passage. There's no time like the present to introduce kiddos to the great adventure that is floating down the river. While any river will do, these five Texas rivers near Houston are our go-to spots. They've all go family-friendly runs (i.e. few or gentle rapids), great tube rental services, nearby accommodations, and gorgeous views to top it all off.

Whether you go for the weekend or carve out a bit more time to soak in all that tubing has to offer, these rivers make the perfect family vacation. Stick with our list of kid-approved river trips near Houston and you won't be disappointed, and for more summer trip ideas, check out our favorite family-friendly lakes close(ish) to Houston.

Mommy Poppins Great Big Summer Giveaway!

Yes, Mommy Poppins is your go-to for fun all year round, but especially summertime – our Summer Guides and local family event calendars are jam packed with outings and activities galore. But we wanted to put a little extra sizzle in your season, so this summer we’re hosting our biggest giveaway ever! Each week, for the entire summer, we’re giving away a different awesome prize package.

Free Things to Do with Boston Kids in July

We all know it is easy to spend a small fortune on search of memorable summer fun with Boston kids. Luckily, with so many free options in the Boston area, you don't have to! We recently rounded up our family-friendly picks for July; here, we're focusing on all-free fun throughout the month. Save your change for ice cream after!

July GoList: The Best Things To Do With Connecticut Kids this Month

What's hot aside from the weather this month? Summer festivals, fairs, and carnivals, and more are all cooking in Connecticut. Our July GoList highlights the best things to do with kids throughout the month including Shakespeare, parades, and space-themed mini golf. Kids will love listening to music and maritime lore at Sailfest in New London, noshing at a food truck festival in Hartford, and plucking pie ingredients at Blueberry Fest in Middlefield. Of course, Fourth of July fireworks shows belong on your don't miss list, too.

Craving more? Check out our Summer Fun Guide as well as updates on our Facebook and Instagram page. If there's ever a month to max out on family fun, July is it!

Free in July: 30+ Free Things To Do with Kids in Los Angeles this Month

Summer break has a funny way of reminding you how many hours there really are in the day. Without school, kids can turn into restless little monsters, desperate for a little entertainment. If only you could keep the whole family busy for free! Well, it's actually not hard in Los Angeles, a city with a never ending supply of frugal fun. July isn't just for fireworks. We've got music! We've got movies! We've even got slime! Here is a healthy sample of the events happening this July that won’t cost you a thing.

July GoList: The Best Things To Do with Westchester Kids

Summer fun is in full swing for families in Westchester and the Hudson Valley! Our July GoList features all the best events happening in July, including the colorful Hudson Valley Hot-Air Balloon Festival and a high-end Jazz Festival developed in partnership with Jazz at Lincoln Center.

The month kicks off with a slew of 4th of July fireworks and also features scads of FREE outdoor concerts and movie screenings, plus various summer festivals.

Notably, July 20 marks the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing. Various venues are commemorating the occasion, including Westchester libraries, which are putting their own spin on ways to provide out-of-this-world fun. July also marks Harry Potter’s fictitious birthday, and various Potter birthday celebrations are planned.

Now get your calendars ready and read on for our top picks for July. And there’s plenty more where that came from in our Event Calendar (updated frequently!) and weekly newsletters.

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