To little ones, celebrating the 4th of July usually means one thing – fireworks! But, we know that by the time the sun goes down and the fireworks go up around 10:00 pm, they are exhausted and ready for bed. Here are 12 July 4th activities for your kids that don’t involve having cranky, overtired children on the 5th of July!

Watch American Legends or America Rock

An oldie but goodie by Disney is American Legends, which tells the story of famous Americans such as Johnny Appleseed and Paul Bunyan. And if you want to sneak a history lesson in along with some fun singing and animation, check out Schoolhouse Rock's America Rock. Try picking them up at your local video store or on Netflix – perfect for some downtime during the day before a late night out watching fireworks!

Don’t forget to visit your local Red Tricycle Events Calendar to see what 4th of July activities are going on in your city!

Tell us – Does your family or neighborhood have any fun 4th of July traditions that are great for the smallest patriots?

photos courtesy of: LucidtechGuy Schmidt, AmazonJoJo’s Num Nums, Amazon, AnjanettewKids Creative Arts, Constellation EnergyTony Alter, John_Brennan

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