4th of July Project Ideas, Templates, Clip Art, Fonts

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Everything You Need for a Do-It-Yourself 4th of July

Some of the 4th of July projects in this collection
Celebrate US Independence with 4th of July projects made from these free templates, clip art, and fonts. © Jacci Howard Bear; licensed to About.com

Did you ever hear the joke about "Is there a 4th of July in [fill in some country other than the US]? Of course the answer is yes (unless you're using a different sort of calendar). Everybody has a July 4th. But in the U.S. the 4th of July is not so much a date as a name of a national holiday. Independence Day. Our country's birthday.

The clip art, fonts, and templates here (including some of my originals) can be used by anyone for whatever occasion you deem appropriate, but for those of you celebrating the 4th of July you'll find that this collection of images have a U.S. Independence Day theme. Some are useful for any project that requires a Red, White, & Blue patriotic theme, including Memorial Day or Veteran's Day. Use them for your party invitations or decorations.

US Red, White, and Blue Colors

Although you can use any shade of red, white, and blue, if you want to use the official colors of the U.S. Flag, try the red and blue PMS(PANTONE)/RGB colors below. The different shades are close and due to ink and paper differences and on-screen display variations you may have to try each one to find the right color for your needs.

  • Red:
    • PMS 186 RGB 198,12,48
    • PMS 193 RGB 187,19,62
  • Blue
    • PMS 281 RGB 0,38,100
    • PMS 282 RGB 0,33,71
    • PMS 288 RBG 0,44,119

And speaking of Red, White, and Blue, do you know what those colors mean? Find out that as well as the proper way to display the American Flag and the right size of flag for different pole heights from About.com Pool & Patio Guide Lisa Hallett Taylor.

  1. This page Index / Colors
  2. Stars & Stripes Fonts
  3. Graphic Headlines
  4. Flag Pattern Template for Star Decorations
  5. Flag Fan Template
  6. Candy Wrapper Firecracker Templates
  7. Candy Bar Wrapper Template

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Stars and Stripes Fonts

Say Happy 4th of July with Free Fonts
Colorize free Stars and Stripes fonts for 4th of July print projects. © J. Bear; licensed to About.com

Show your patriotic side with one of these free Stars & Stripes fonts. Use your graphics program to colorize the black & white fonts to create red, white, & blue works of art, such as in the example on this page.

Q. Font examples on the Web are in color. Why are my fonts not in color?
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  • (ZIP file, Windows TrueType)
    This sans serif font from Melle Derieppe Claude has a drop shadow and features a US Flag pattern on each character.The lowercase are a smaller size of the uppercase capitals. (Upper USA in illustration is colorized version)
  • (ZIP file, Windows TrueType)
    This sans serif font by J. Fordyce is a wavy stars and stripes design with 1 to 2 stars in the upper portion of each character and the wavy stripes in the bottom portion. This is an All Caps font. (Lower USA in illustration is colorized version)
  • Young Star Font (download from DaFont)
    This decorative font features a star in the upper left of each character and stripes on the remainder. It's a Windows ZIP archive.
  • Independence Font (download from DaFont)
    This all lowercase decorative font features a single star cutout in each character. It's a Windows ZIP archive.

If you were in the marching band in high school in the U.S. then chances are you learned John Philip Sousa's "The Stars & Strips Forever". Did you know it has lyrics too? About.com Music Education Guide Espie Estrella has the history and facts about our flag: "The red and white and starry blue Is freedom's shield and hope."

  1. Index / Colors
  2. This page Stars & Stripes Fonts
  3. Graphic Headlines
  4. Flag Pattern Template for Star Decorations
  5. Flag Fan Template
  6. Candy Wrapper Firecracker Templates
  7. Candy Bar Wrapper Template

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4th of July Headlines for Posters and Invitations

Say Happy 4th of July with graphic headlines.
Say Happy 4th of July with graphic headlines. © Jacci Howard Bear; licensed to About.com

Use these images on your own invitations or posters for a 4th of July BBQ and school or office decorations. Images, updated in 2012, are in PNG format.

  • Happy 4th of July Clip Art
    Red star, words in shades of blue.
  • Celebrate U.S. Independence Clip Art
    Pale background image is a variation of U.S. Flag. Script face is reminiscent of style of writing found on 1776 era documents. Try this image on the front of a card or the top of a flier.
  • Stars & Stripes 4th of July Clip Art
    White stars on blue make up the 4th, red & white stripes decorate July.

    TIP: Insert/Place/Import these images into your desktop publishing software to design a party invitation, greeting card, or a poster for your office party.

  • (page of links)
    Find a selection of Independence Day and patriotic clipart of fireworks, flags, stars, etc. for your Web pages.
  • Kids Domain Patriotic Clip Art (page of images)
    Free collection has colorized versions of B&W clip art of flags, eagles, liberty bell, firecrackers, and lots of kids dressed in red, white, and blue.
  • Kids Doman Fourth of July Coloring (page of images)
    Create 4th of July coloring pages for kids or incorporate these images into party invitations and decorations.
  • Uncle Sam Recruiting Poster
    This is the familiar "I Want You" image created by James Montgomery Flagg.

    TIP: In a graphics program crop "for US Army" from the Uncle Sam poster and add "for my 4th of July Party" or other text. Use as a party invitation.

    1. Index / Colors
    2. Stars & Stripes Fonts
    3. This page Graphic Headlines
    4. Flag Pattern Template for Star Decorations
    5. Flag Fan Template
    6. Candy Wrapper Firecracker Templates
    7. Candy Bar Wrapper Template
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    Flag Pattern Template for Star Decorations

    Use template to cut out stars
    Cut 5-point stars from a stars and stripes pattern. © J. Bear; licensed to About.com

    Print my Stars & Stripes design on a sheet of paper. Make colorful stars for decorations.

    Flag Pattern Template for Stars (11K PDF)
    Print pattern on 8.5x10 paper or trim one inch after printing on letter size paper. Fold paper and cut a 5 point star in one snip. Experiment with plain paper first. It can be tricky but it is a lot like folding fancy paper airplanes. The way you turn and fold the paper can yield slightly different star patterns.

    • Small Stars: Cut 8.5x10 page into 4 parts to make 4 small stars, each with a different pattern.
    • Change Pattern: Open template in a graphics program. Resize and duplicate all over the page. Print. Cut stars.
    • Decorate: Glue a straw or stick on back and tuck into floral arrangements. Scatter stars on a table and cover with a clear plastic tablecloth. Attach a string and hang stars from the ceiling. Use large stars as invitations. Write invite on back.
    • No Waste: Don't waste that cut-away paper and ink. Use a decorative paper punch to make confetti from leftover edges. Or run the bits through your paper shredder to create colorful bits for packing gifts, filling baskets, etc.
    • Make Someone a Star: Instead of printing the above pattern, print a photo of yourself or your kids in the middle of the page. Fold and cut. (If you want, use a warm (not hot) iron on the back of the paper to smooth the creases you made while folding the star.)

    1. Index / Colors
    2. Stars & Stripes Fonts
    3. Graphic Headlines
    4. This page Flag Pattern Template
    5. Flag Fan Template
    6. Candy Wrapper Firecracker Templates
    7. Candy Bar Wrapper Template

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    Flag Fan Template

    Make a flag fan
    Make little flag fans with this template. © J. Bear; licensed to About.com

    Have some Flag-Waving Fun. Make an accordian-style fan with a Stars & Stripes theme using this flag fan template. Use to cool off, as decorations or party favors, or as a nifty Independence Day party invitation.

    Open or import this file into your graphics program or Adobe Acrobat Reader. Print and follow instructions below. To download the PDF file right click (PC) or click and hold (Mac) over the link save the file to your hard drive. Clicking on the link may open the file in your browser if you have it set up to open Acrobat files automatically.

    Flag Fan Template (18K PDF)

    Print pattern on 8.5x11 paper. Cut in half (where the two stripes are closer to each other). Align the pieces lengthwise (match the stripes) and tape or glue the pieces together. Trim edges as necessary. You'll now have a flag that is approximately 5.5 inches tall and about 16 inches long. Fold accordian style to make the fan. Attach straws or craft sticks in the lower portion of each fold of the fan then bring the straws or sticks together at the other end and glue together to form your handle.

    Variations on Using Flag Fan Template:

    • In lieu of straws or sticks, you could simply glue or clip the "bottom" of the folds and hold the fan with that section.
    • Stick fans (with or without sticks) into floral arrangements to decorate your party.
    • Before cutting and folding, print or write your party invitation on the back. Send the folded flags in envelopes as a unique invitation.

    Have you ever seen the US flag worn on the shoulder of U.S. Army uniforms and wondered "why is the flag backwards?" There's a very logical reason for that. About.com US Military Guide Rod Powers explains the regulation on wearing the flag and why it appears to be backwards. It has to do with it "flying in the breeze."

    1. Index / Colors
    2. Stars & Stripes Fonts
    3. Graphic Headlines
    4. Flag Pattern Template for Star Decorations
    5. This page Flag Fan Template
    6. Candy Wrapper Firecracker Templates
    7. Candy Bar Wrapper Template

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    4th of July Candy Wrapper Firecracker Templates

    Roll candy wrappers in a 4th of July theme
    Roll your own firecrackers with these wrappers for roll candy. © Jacci Howard Bear; licensed to About.com

    Your party guests will get a "bang" out of these candy firecrackers. Simply take roll candy (such as Mentos, LifeSavers, or SweetTarts) and replace or cover the wrapper with one of these 4th of July candy wrapper templates.

    You can trim these templates to fit different sizes of roll candy, up to 6.5 inch long rolls. Use as-is or personalize the wrappers with your own message. Two of the wrappers use fonts that come installed with Microsoft Publisher 2010 (Playbill and Rockwell Extra Bold) but you can change the fonts to others of your choice.

    The red, white, and blue wrapped candy rolls are decorative enough, but you can emphasize the firecracker theme by cutting out little "wicks" and "flames" and attaching to the end of each roll. Give out the candy firecrackers as party favors or tuck them into floral decorations.

    Did you have a baby born on the 4th of July? Replace the Happy 4th of July text with your child's name and hand out candy in place of cigars.

    Download These Templates

    There are three styles of roll candy wrappers each available in Publisher and PNG formats.

    1. Stars & Stripes .PUB | PNG
    2. Happy 4th of July large stars & wavy stripes .PUB | PNG
    3. Happy 4th of July small stars & stripes .PUB | PNG

    Instructions are in the .PUB files. For the PNG images, there are 3 wrappers per template. Each wrapper is a max of roughly 6.5 to 6.75 inches long and about 3.65 inches tall but you can trim them down from there to fit your candy rolls. A wrapper of about 6.5 inches by 3 inches will fit nicely around a 1.8 oz roll of SweetTarts (as shown in illustration). Print, measure, then cut. Do a test version before printing and cutting a lot of wrappers.

    For more fun with firecrackers, try these Fireworks and Fire Cracker Crafts and Activities from About.com Family Crafts Guide Sherri Osborn.

    1. Index / Colors
    2. Stars & Stripes Fonts
    3. Graphic Headlines
    4. Flag Pattern Template for Star Decorations
    5. Flag Fan Template
    6. This page Candy Wrapper Firecracker Templates
    7. Candy Bar Wrapper Template

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    4th of July Candy Bar Wrappers to Celebrate America

    This patriotic template for a candy bar comes in .PUB and PNG formats.
    This patriotic template for a candy bar comes in .PUB and PNG formats. © Jacci Howard Bear; licensed to About.com

    Create edible decorations for your 4th of July party. Just buy a batch of candy bars and print these custom wrappers. Scatter them around the house or hand 'em to guest as they arrive.

    Download These Templates

    This wrapper can be trimmed to fit several similarly sized candy bars that measure around 5.25 to 5.5 inches long and 2 to 2.25 inches wide. The bar in the illustration is a 1.45 oz Hershey's Dark Chocolate bar. Get this template in Publisher and PNG formats.

    1. .PUB
      Prints 2 wrappers on a letter size sheet of paper.
    2. PNG
      It's a single wrapper.

    1. Index / Colors
    2. Stars & Stripes Fonts
    3. Graphic Headlines
    4. Flag Pattern Template for Star Decorations
    5. Flag Fan Template
    6. Candy Wrapper Firecracker Templates
    7. This page Candy Bar Wrapper Template