Decorating the Front Porch for the 4th of July

Ah, summertime! No matter how much you love the other seasons, summertime, with its patriotic parades and festive decorations is a joy. The 4th of July marks the day of independence for the USA and it is celebrated in small towns and big cities all across the country. For homeowners, decorating for this patriotic holiday is all about the red, white and blue. Use the ideas below to get your front porch in shape for an exciting and fun-filled 4th of July.

Flag Banner

Simple to make, a flag banner is a great way to drape the red, white and blue color scheme along the front porch rail. Use star fabric in all three colors and wide length of thick ribbon to create your banner. Cut triangles out from the fabric and arrange them in a red, white and blue pattern. Repeat the pattern as many times as needed to create a length long enough to span your front porch. Sew the triangles at the top to the ribbon. Hang the completed banner on your front porch railing for all to see.

Colorful Welcome

The steps leading up to your front porch are the perfect grounds for decorating too. Instead of ignoring the potential, use inexpensive silver bucket citronella candles on each step. Paint stars on each bucket in shades of red, white and blue. On the 4th of July, light the candles to welcome partygoers and family who will be dropping in to say hello.

Hanging Stars

If you like to spend time on your front porch, you know that every area of the space can be decorated. One of the most fun ways to bring the 4th of July celebration to the porch is to hang decorations from the ceiling. Use cardboard cut-out stars and lengths of red, white or blue ribbon to hang them. Vary the intervals and the lengths so that you have a wide range of star sizes and lengths. If you like sitting on the porch in the evening, consider painting the stars with a thin coating of glow-in-the-dark paint. When the sunlight fades, your front porch will be aglow with the stars hanging from the ceiling.


Red geraniums are summer’s patriotic flower and nothing dresses up a porch like a basket of them hanging from the rail. Decorate your front porch by hanging baskets from the ceiling or using flower boxes along the rail. Small pots around the porch posts and on the front steps are also perfect accents. Add some white geraniums to the mix if you want a burst of different color.

Decorating for the 4th of July does not have to cost a lot of money. The inexpensive ideas above will dress up your front porch in no time and leave it looking festive. The 4th of July is a great time to celebrate liberty and freedom and make your home stand out with patriotic front porch decor.