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Going to see Fourth of July fireworks is a much-beloved tradition, but if you can't make it to the big show this year, these crafts, games, and snacks hit an equally explosive note -- with oohs and aahs to spare.
Dazzling visuals are part of the fun, but fireworks wouldn't be the same without that singular sonic boom. These confetti balloons explode with all the acoustic force of the real thing.
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If you plan to pop your balloons outdoors (or toss some celebratory confetti), choose an eco-friendly filler. Shreds of biodegradable paper melt in the rain, letting you impress without the mess.
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Kitchen sponges star in summer’s answer to the snowball fight -- like water balloons with many lives to live.
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Hot days should be heavy on the H2O. A stint of aquatic frolicking will extinguish the urges of even the biggest pyromaniac.
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What explodes like a firework, but tastes like a treat? A pinata, of course! Craft one in a patriotic star or rocket shape.
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Shake it out and get creative with glow-stick art. You’ll even walk away with a festive souvenir.
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Homemade clay squishes like another summertime favorite: the mud pie. Color yours red and blue for a seasonal spin.
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Antsy youngsters can blow off steam -- and imitate the crackling of fireworks -- by stomping on bubble wrap.
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Wire wands in patriotic shapes bring a festive edge to bubble-blowing. Mix corn syrup and dish detergent for bubbles so gigantic, you won't believe they're real.
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Now that you’ve trod on and blown out your bubbles, why not imbibe them as well? Sub red and blue berries for kiwi in these frothy cocktails. Fireworks in your mouth!
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Kids of all ages will love these shortcakes, which explode with berries and cream. Top with a sparkler for an extra-festive touch.