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HWTM 4th of July Carnival Games

These county fair-style game ideas are part of our “All-American County Fair” 4th of July Party. 🇺🇸🤩

Inspired by the classic games, we crafted a homemade Ring Toss, Balloon Dart Board, and Gunny Sack Race… and even made some “semi-DIY” Award Ribbons using store-bought ribbons + party circles! Scroll down for a closer look at all the fun details. Most of the “DIY” elements are self explanatory through the images, but simple descriptions are included at the end of the post as well. 😊

The Printables

My July 4th County Fair printables are available in Design Hero by HWTM! Click here to check them out. (And to see the rest of the printables from this theme in action at the full party, click here.)

Ring Toss Game with Vintage Coke Bottles

DIY Gunny Sacks

Decorated pillowcases make for a fun pre-party project AND super cute pics during your race!

Gunny Sack Races with DIY Gunny Sacks

Pillow Case Gunny Sack Race

We used scrap fabric, an inexpensive American Flag decoration, and craft poms to decorate these pillowcases. Just sketch out or trace shapes onto your fabric, then cut them out! Everything is attached with hot glue, so there’s not even any sewing required!

You could also let kids create their own designs with fabric paint or markers. Seems like a good way to keep them occupied for a bit this summer, too. 😉

Gunny Sack Race with Best Hopper Award Ribbon

Glitter Wrapped Balloon Darts

Balloon Darts Carnival Game

4th of July Ring Toss Activity

Pictured below: store-bought “Award Ribbons” with our printable party circles glue to the front in order to make them coordinate the rest of the designs. A quick & easy “makeover”! 😉

Carnival 1st place blue ribbons



Gunny Sack Race:
First, decorate pillowcases in patriotic themes. (This is a fun project for any age!) Then, define a race area in your yard with ribbon + printable START and FINISH signs attached to mini cones or garden stakes.

Ring Toss:
Add pattern paper + party circles to old-fashioned soda bottles. Place the bottles in wooden crates + set out small rings for tossing.

Balloon Darts:
Cover a foam board with red and white striped fabric. Blow up 2 shades of blue balloons and pin them on with tacks. For an extra-festive touch, embellish plastic darts with glitter ribbon (wrapped around the handle) and display the darts in a jar filled with red sand.


  1. Cover a foam board with red and white stripe fabric. Add white frame.
  2. Use a glue dot to attach a party circle to the front of an award ribbon.
  3. To display, unpin the ribbons and gently push them into the board.



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