4th of July Science

Create some oohhs and ahhs on the Fourth

From your pancake breakfast through the barbecue all the way into the fireworks display, bring a little fun summer science into your 4th of July activities. We’ve compiled a list of some of the most explosive, colorful, and sparkling experiments to do on the Fourth. So pick your favorites, grab the materials listed below, and have some fun.

Experiment Materials

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Science Experiments & Activities

Red, White, and Blue Soda Geysers
Keep the summer doldrums away by shooting Red, White and Blue Soda Geysers using a Geyser Tube, Mentos, 3 bottles of Diet Sprite or another clear soda. Color two of the sodas using red and blue food coloring. Strawberry soda and blue Mountain Dew Voltage also work. Drop the Mentos in for your own daytime fireworks show.

Mentos Super Soda Dispenser 3000
Use the power of Mentos and Diet Coke to fill 6 glasses at once. It’s a fun, creative, hands-on way to utilize the epic Mentos Geyser in a way that harnesses it for your drinking pleasure.

Smoke Bomb Smoke Rings
The trash can smoke ring generator is a signature finale in Steve Spangler’s stage show and was recently featured on the Ellen DeGeneres Show. Everyone always wants to know how to make Steve’s classic giant smoke rings… now you can make them at home with a special 4th of July twist!

Dry Ice Smoke Rings 
These cool Mini Smoke Ring Launchers use items you will find in your kitchen and local grocers (dry ice). You’ll be launching rings like a pro in no time.

Color Changing UV Beads
Test the power of your sunscreen or just monitor the intensity of the sun with a red, white, and blue UV Bead bracelet. Purchase a packet of red UV beads and string them on blue cord. The sun sensitive beads start out white inside the house, then turn red in the sunlight. Get it? Red, white and blue for the Fourth.

Defraction Grading with Fireworks Rainbow Glasses
When the fireworks start, pull out your Fireworks Rainbow Glasses to see the display in a whole new light. You’ll never want to watch another fireworks display with your naked eye again.

White Lightning Stick
At dusk is when the real fun begins. It is your own hand-held light show. Use it to teach the effects of color mixing or just entertain while waiting for the fireworks show to start.

4th of July Bundle 
Fourth of July activities, ideas, and demonstrations that incorporate hands-on science to help you make the most out of Independence Day, fireworks, and fun with friends and family.

4th of July Experiment eBook – Instant Download!
The 4th of July Experiment eBook is a ton of fun, but it does much more than entertain. It educates! The included activities showcase the amazing atmosphere of Independence Day like fireworks, the American Flag, and barbecuing while mixing in scientific principles that are engaging and simple.

The Science Behind Fireworks
Fireworks are as much a part of the Fourth of July as hot dogs, watermelon and red, white and blue. How do they get those brilliant colors, sparkling trails and heart shapes? There’s a science to creating the perfect firework display.

Red, White and Blue Layered Density Drinks
This red, white and blue drink recipe uses a little science to delicately stack different drinks on top of each other. Your guests will think it’s magic, you will know it’s really science at work.