Fourth of July Outdoor Decorations: How to Decorate Your Yard


Summertime is a great season to get outdoors and soak in some sunshine. When it comes time to prepare your yard for holiday backyard barbecues, we have some great ideas for Fourth of July outdoor decorations. 

The 4th of July is a monumental day in U.S. history. It celebrates the birth of our nation when we signed the Declaration of Independence and declared ourselves a separate country from Great Britain. Learn more about why and how we celebrate the 4th of July.

It’s also a day that warrants fun family parties and get-togethers with friends. If you want to wow your closest companions and neighbors, look no further. Whether you prefer to buy or DIY, American Home Shield® has clever Independence Day decoration ideas to jazz up your yard and show off your patriotic spirit. You can have so much fun incorporating the vibrant reds, whites, and blues of Independence Day in your yard.



One of the best parts of summer is relaxing on the patio with friends and family. Hanging twinkle lights, placing candles, and incorporating other outdoor lighting ideas are great ways to introduce a cozy and intimate atmosphere and keep any party going after dark. 

Here are some ideas for incorporating Independence Day decorations in your yard’s lighting: 

  • Swap out traditional twinkle lights for a cool fireworks display. These LED 4th of July starbursts make a great addition to any outdoor setup. You could also purchase stars and bulbs in red, white, and blue. 

  • Hang a USA flag made out of lights on your fence or garage to let everyone know how proud you are to be an American. 

  • Make mason jar candle holders, which are great DIY 4th of July decorations. All you need are a few mason jars, chalk paint, and some star stencils or stickers. Simply apply the stencils in any pattern you want, then use red, white, and blue chalk paint to mimic the American flag. After the paint is dry, remove the stencils, then place a tealight candle in the jar. 

  • You can also fill mason jars with red, white, and blue LED string lights or fill a painted mason jar with unlit sparklers, so you’re ready for some nighttime fun. 

If you’re looking for 4th of July yard decorations for lighting in the front of your home, consider changing out the color on a few of the spotlight bulbs around your yard. You can also swap out your porch light with a color-cycling bulb for a celebratory entrance.

Door Decorations


Wreaths and door hangings are a subtle, elegant way to show your patriotic pride. Here are a few Fourth of July decorations for the outdoors that are simple to make: 

  • Artificial flower wreaths: Pick up some artificial red, white, and blue flowers at your local home décor store, plus a grapevine wreath, a hot glue gun, and glue sticks. Tuck the flower stems in the wreath in whatever pattern you like. Then, use the hot glue gun to glue the stems, so they don’t fall out. 

  • Ribbon wreaths: If you’re looking for easy DIY 4th of July outdoor decorations, ribbon wreaths are the answer. You can create a large one for your door and smaller ones for your porch or light posts. You can even use colored burlap for a farmhouse look. 

  • An American flag door decoration using wine corks: This is a great way to transform old wine corks into an adorable Independence Day decoration for your front door.



Use your flower beds to make a colorful flag display with red, white, and blue flowers. You can also paint rocks and stepping-stones and arrange them in any shape you choose. 

Red, white, and blue flowerpots are also festive 4th of July decoration ideas. Fill them with flowers for your front porch or garden. 

Fun Décor 

Who said inflatables were only acceptable during the Christmas holiday? You can purchase fun Fourth of July-themed inflatables for your lawn—anything from Uncle Sam riding an airplane to a giant red, white, and blue hand flashing the peace sign. 

Patriotic garden gnomes also make charming and whimsical additions to any garden—they’re so cute that you may just end up keeping them on display year-round. 

Traditional Décor 


You can also take the traditional route for outdoor Fourth of July decorations. Here are some ideas: 

  • Hang patriotic bunting on your porch railings, fence, or garage. If your home has pillars, you can buy pillar bunting to complete the look. 

  • Use pallets, wooden stars, and a little spray paint to create a large American flag display for your porch. Plywood is a great blank canvas, too. 

  • Switch out the year-round welcome sign on your porch with one painted red, white, and blue. If your welcome sign is blank on the back, you can even paint the other side. When June and July roll around, all you have to do is turn the sign around. Talk about a space saver. 

  • Nothing is more classic than a traditional star-spangled banner to run up your flagpole. Displaying the American Flag is a great way to honor those who fought for our nation in the past and the people who are doing so today. 


No matter how you decide to incorporate 4th of July yard decorations, remember that gathering with loved ones to celebrate the USA is what the holiday is all about. When the festivities are over, consider signing up for an American Home Shield® home warranty to be confident in your household and protect your budget when your home appliances and systems break down from everyday wear. Shop our prices and plans today.

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