The Most American Prompts (4th of July Edition)

If you couldn’t tell already, I’m an American. I have very American centric posts. I assume the summer starts in June and will probably say inches instead of centimeters.

And this week, I bring another set of prompts that are…well…American in nature.

For anyone who might not be familiar with it (though I doubt anyone wouldn’t be) July 4th is celebrated as our independence day. It’s full of backyard bbq’s, fireworks, and drunk uncles wearing American flag swim trunks.

I mean mine weren’t that exciting–usually just some sparklers, those little ice popsicles, and hot dogs.

Fireworks provided by Elisha Terada

These prompts have some similarities to summer prompts (or even my birthday prompts, please don’t come at me about posting prompts three weeks in a row. I just started a new job!), so if you aren’t American, maybe you can incorporate this into something like that.


  • Family reunion during the 4th of July weekend.
  • Accidentally lighting the entire box of fireworks on fire.
  • Having your first kiss under fireworks.
  • Firework wars out at the lake. (I don’t recommend this irl but could be a fun prompt.)
  • Going to the lake with family over the 4th of July.
  • Picnic date under the stars (and fireworks).

Word Collections

These are 3 to 5 word groupings to either inspire or to create a challenge of trying to fit all 3 to 5 words into your story.

  • Fireworks, freedom, panic
  • Mosquitoes, picnic, food, celebration
  • Good, summer, holiday, grass, sandals
  • Lake, cake, sliver, woods
  • Sunset, show, spectacular, sparklers
Sparklers provided by Ian Schneider

Let me know if you use any of these prompts or what your country does to celebrate themselves. It will be interesting to see what is similar and what’s different for other countries.

Now, if you don’t mind me, I’m going to go set off some fireworks and enjoy the peak American holiday. I’ll see you all next week with something other than a prompt list. Promise.

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