If you don’t know, my husband and I lived in Australia for 3 years. While there, whenever the 4th of July came around, people were always asking us questions about it. It seemed the holiday was super interesting to them. I don’t know if it was our television shows or what, but

Fourth of July is always a good time.  I love the outdoorsy-ness, the hot dogs, the sunshine, and of course, the Patriotism.  

Today I’m sharing how I used printables to create designs for a backyard BBQ, July 4th style.  Just add the hot dogs, fireworks, and beer, and you’ll have everything you need for a great day.

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History of July 4th

Before we get to the printables, let’s talk about a little history of the 4th of July.

The Fourth of July—also known as Independence Day or July 4th—has been a federal holiday in the United States since 1941, but the tradition of Independence Day celebrations goes back to the 18th century and the American Revolution. On July 2nd, 1776, the Continental Congress voted in favor of independence, and two days later delegates from the 13 colonies adopted the Declaration of Independence, a historic document drafted by Thomas Jefferson. From 1776 to the present day, July 4th has been celebrated as the birth of American independence, with festivities ranging from fireworks, parades and concerts to more casual family gatherings and barbecues. The Fourth of July 2021 is on Sunday, July 4, 2021; the federal holiday will be observed on Monday, July 5, 2021.

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Fourth of July Backyard BBQ

Now that the history lesson part is over, we can talk printables. See how I used printables to create fun patriotic decor perfect for any July 4th BBQ.


Start with the Graphics

If you’re in need of July 4th graphics for your own party, be sure to check the shop. I’ve got a printable bundle that will have all the pieces you need. Just download, print and use. Keep reading to get ideas.


Wearable Items

Why not have a little fun and decorate yourself as well. These sweet sunglasses are perfect for the outdoor BBQ and the stickers and buttons are just fun.

wear to find patriotic sunglasses and buttons
wear to find patriotic sunglasses and buttons

Banner or Sign

The great thing about the printable bundle is that you can print off each of the graphics and use them to make signs for the party. Frame them, mount them on wood or chip board, or just hang them around to create fun decorations. Create banners by printing multiples and stringing them together, or print just one to hang on the door as a welcome sign. The possibilities are really endless.

Party like it's 1776 patriotic sign
How to use printables to make patriotic signs

Paper Goods

You’re going to need plates and napkins so why not be patriotic with those too?

Patriotic paper goods for july 4th bbq
Patriotic Paper goods

Table Cards

This is something I tend to forget, but people do like to know what they are eating. A lot of people have diet restrictions, etc, so it’s always a good idea to share this info. For these, simply use the stars and stripes backgrounds. Print them to your desired size and add your own text for the food you’re serving. You can add text with any computer program you’re comfortable with or hand write them.

How to make food cards from printables
Table Food cards from Printables

Game for Grown Ups

Who says games are just for kids? Our trivia cards are perfect for the adults at your party. Test your knowledge of the 4th of July and a bit of American history. Plus, you’ll find out how many estimated hot dogs will be consumed on the day. That’s knowledge we all need.

Join the VIP club, to access these trivia cards as well as over 300 different designs for all of life’s events. Or, you can find individual bundles as well at the top of the page.


Land of the Free

So free graphics isn’t exactly what our founding father’s had in mind when they dubbed it the land of the free, but regardless, who doesn’t love free graphics. Download cute gnomes for every season below.

How to Use Printables for Your July 4th BBQ Decor
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