There’s only one thing better than celebrating Christmas each year. Doing it twice! Why not enjoy your favorite things about winter and summer in one go? For some of us, ‘tis also the season to reunite with friends and family after time apart the past year. Get ready to celebrate because these Christmas in July party ideas have you covered.

Christmas in July party ideas

If hearing about Christmas in July is a first, then you’re in for a treat. This holiday has been around for over 80 years. According to some accounts, it originated in North Carolina at a girl’s camp. Australia celebrates during their winter season, which happens during our summer.

There are places in the U.S. that are famous for their events. But, if you would rather make this holiday your own, read on for tips on how to throw a Christmas in July party.

Note: Make sure to read up on the CDC’s advice on attending events, gatherings, and travel. Before making your plans, check out this comprehensive list of Coronavirus-related restrictions in every state.

Double the Fun with Your Christmas in July Decorations

So, what do you do at a Christmas in July party? Before listing down your supplies, check off the basic planning tasks first. Then, make the necessary preparations. Let this be your guide.

1. Have an “All-iday” to Remember!

Missed a lot of holidays and milestones this past year? Celebrate them all at once! Imagine a mashup of Fourth of July, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, birthdays and more.

Celebrate all-iday in Christmas in July with different party hats

In a March episode of the sitcom Superstore, the crew put together an “all-iday” party. Here, they celebrated all the holidays they postponed or cancelled since COVID-19. As millions of the US population complete their vaccinations, more families are planning similar get-togethers this summer.

If you’re considering a similar “all-iday” bash for Christmas in July, plan it out well. Pay attention to your guest list and activity lineup. Make sure there’s enough time for every part of your program. The most important thing is to have fun and not stress about transitioning from one theme to another.

It could be as simple as wearing different party hats to represent each special day. If could even be decorating one side of your tree for Halloween and another for Christmas. Of course, you can also just stick to just one amazing theme. No one’s counting!

2. Pick a Party Theme

Once you decide on which holidays to celebrate, choose your party concept (or concepts). Unless you live in the Eastern Hemisphere, then temperatures are at an all-time high. This means you get to celebrate Christmas in July having fun in the summer sun.

Have a picnic with the whole family as a Christmas in July celebration

Why not celebrate with a picnic? Spread out a couple of blankets and dine on your lawn or on the beach. Give your table and the surrounding trees some holiday cheer, too.

family picnic Christmas in July party ideas
Photo and tree décor by Jennifer Perkins

If it’s too hot, picnic indoors like Jennifer Perkins. She decorated a green Christmas tree inspired by what her kids love: picnicking and fruit! They had fun crafting and eating fresh and sweet treats.

Another idea is to fire up your grill for a barbecue and have a pool party. If it’s too hot for either, have a feast inside the cool comfort of your home. Make sure it’s properly ventilated and not too crowded.

How about a Carribean cruise-themed party? Or did anyone say luau? Bust out your Tiki décor and put on a Hawaiian shirt (or skirt) instead of the traditional ugly Christmas sweater.

Consider a luau theme for your summer bash

3. Choose Your Color Scheme

Put on two of your creative caps—one for Christmas and the other for summer—and start planning your color palette. Or trade in the green, red, and gold of the holidays for the bright hues of the sunny season. Think flamingo pinks, citrus peel oranges and yellows, ocean blues, and summer picnic greens.

Choose summery colors when planning a Christmas in July party
4th of July and Christmas in July party ideas

You can even combine your Christmas in July and Independence Day celebrations by using patriotic colors. Pull out your artificial tree from storage, give it a good cleaning, and set it up. Because what’s Christmas without one? Don’t limit yourself to traditional green. Look for a Christmas tree in your favorite shade. Pink, gold, white, and even two-toned—there’s one for your unique Christmas in July decorating vision.

Tip: Christmas in July is one of the best time to shop like crazy because most of your favorite stores offer sales, including Treetopia!

4. Get the Best of Both Seasons

Think of what you love most about summer. Use it as inspiration for your DIY Christmas in July ornaments. Mix and match your creations with classic Christmas decorations to keep Santa in the loop.

Decorate with DIY, faux, or even real blooms that are in-season. Sunflowers add pops of color to any Christmas tree shade, as seen in this photo by Instagram user @lasvegasmakeupgirl.

Elements of the ocean will be a “shore” hit, too. Try a combination of corals, starfish, and shell ornaments on your tree—isn’t this neat? With a cool blue Christmas tree, your collection’s complete! Take your cue from @madcapcottage. Complement the sea-sonal pieces with honeycomb lanterns in the same color palette.

Love catching waves? Surf’s up! Celebrate your love for the sport with mini surfboard ornaments. Have a look at this totally rad tree by @shawndaniels.1927. The vintage postcards, tiki décor, and tropical shirts give laidback vacation vibes.

Flamingo-themed Christmas in July decorations
Décor and photo by Jennie of Craft-O-Maniac

A tropical theme with touches of pink and green is bound to get lots of oohs and aahs. Jennie Larsen of Craft-O-Maniac decorated a white Christmas tree with decorations that will get you in high spirits. She extended the theme to her table, where she placed pastel-colored drinks with flamingo decorative straws to go with flamingo print plates.

5. Weave Your DIY Ornament Magic

Complete your tree décor with personalized ornaments. The past year has been tough for everyone, but there were things that made it bearable. Some people turned to crafting, crochet, and baking. If you’re one of them, it’s time to put the skills you honed during quarantine to the test.

Crafty toilet paper tube ornaments for your Christmas in July tree

Edible ornaments for your Christmas in July tree

Among Us themed crochet ornaments for your Christmas in July tree

How about shaping and painting toilet paper tubes into colorful Christmas characters? If you have more time on your hands, make edible ornaments for your Christmas in July tree. Or knit decorations inspired by yours or your kids’ favorite pastime—check out these Among Us-inspired cuties.

DIY crafts for Christmas in July

Here are more projects to try out:

Get Creative with Your Christmas in July Party Menu

Now that you have your theme nailed down, plan a menu to match. There are a lot of traditional Christmas food and beverages that you can serve despite the warm weather. Plus, you can always make some summery tweaks to the recipe. Check out some ideas on what to serve for Christmas in July.

1. Drinks

Serve chilled eggnog or cocoa instead of hot cups. To spike the beverage, use coconut rum instead of cognac or brandy. We spotted this amazing Puerto Rican take on eggnog or coquito by Jessica of The Novice Chef.

Add chilled eggnog with cinnamon to your Christmas in July menu

For caffeine lovers, serve the phenomenal quarantine drink: dalgona coffee.

  1. Start with a tablespoon each of these three ingredients: instant coffee, sugar, and hot water.
  2. Mix them with an electric beater for about five minutes. If you’re using an ordinary whisk instead, double or triple the time (and get a major wrist and arm workout!)
  3. Serve the fluffy whipped coffee over a glass of iced milk.
  4. To make it Christmassy, turn it into a whimsical tub for a gingerbread cookie.
Revive the 2020 trendy drink dalgona coffee with a sweet Christmas in July twist

2. Starters

Prepare soup and salad as appetizers for your holiday feast. This time, go for a soup that’s best served cold like gazpacho. This recipe from Ali of Gimme Some Oven for Authentic Gazpacho has a distinct Spanish flavor. The key is to pick the freshest tomatoes, cucumbers, and other ingredients in the market.

Chilled tomato and cucumber soup called gazpacho for summer

It’s time to put the summer greens growing in your garden to good use—toss with tropical fruits like mangoes for a refreshing twist. This recipe by Richa of My Food Story pairs your favorite grilled chicken salad with a sweet cilantro dressing that also acts as marinade. She used veggies like cucumber, avocado, and lettuce and spiced them up with peppers.

Grilled chicken salad with mangoes for summer parties

3. Main Course

Your Christmas in July menu is incomplete without a turkey. Since it’s BBQ season, cook it on the grill instead of the oven. If you’re picnicking on the lawn, a more casual option would be turkey burgers. Rachel of The Stay at Home Chef has a recipe that guarantees one juicy bite after another.

Grilled turkey burger, a popular BBQ food for summer and Christmas in July

Another idea: assemble your own charcuterie board. These aesthetic platters became trendy because they’re a breeze to prepare.

Put together cured meats and gourmet cheeses. Also, add crackers, nuts, and ready-to-eat fruits and veggies. Think outside the boxy cheeseboards and trays. Shape the smorgasbord of finger foods into a pine tree. It’s Christmas (in July) after all!

A charcuterie board you can prepare as Christmas in July party food

4. Dessert

For dessert, an idea is stick to a traditional Christmas favorite: fruitcake. But, instead of the usual candied fruit and simple look, make a HUE-nique version. Get inspired by this rainbow cake recipe from Lindsay of Life Love Sugar. She used berries, kiwi, pineapples, and other fruits to add bursts of natural flavor and color to this cake.

What’s great is that it looks picture-perfect even if you slice it up and serve it in separate plates for your guests. It’s definitely not ‘yo grandma’s fruitcake, but it’s the perfect Christmas in July dessert.

Slices of a naturally flavored rainbow cake that's not 'yo grandma's fruitcake for the holidays

Have a Blast with Christmas in July Party Games

Why not plan some activities that the kids (and the big ones) can enjoy? Find one or two among these Christmas in July party game ideas and give it a whirl.

1. Pin the Nose on the “Snowman”

Pin the carrot on the sand-snowman as a Christmas in July party game

Instead of pinning the tail on the donkey, pin the carrot on a snowman—or should we say sandman? This is a great icebreaker if you’re celebrating by the beach. Or if you splurged on a sandbox for the backyard during quarantine. Don’t you want to build a snowman this Christmas in July?

2. White Elephant

White elephant as a great activity for holiday celebrations

Keep the holiday tradition of gift-giving alive. This game makes it more spontaneous. Bring a summer-themed present to the party like a beach towel or cute pool float. Pass around a hat with names so each person can draw their recipient randomly. Hold a separate game for the kids so that everyone receives age-appropriate gifts.

3. Wreath Toss

Wreath toss as a Christmas in July party game idea

This classic Christmas game is usually done indoors. It’s basically ring toss but with wreaths. Now that it’s sunny outside, you can play it in your yard. Make sure to anchor your wooden post firmly to the ground. Use wreaths in the smallest size or create ones from upcycled materials. A good distance between the players and the post is six feet—a span of space everyone should be familiar with by now.

When the fun and games are over, play some Christmas music to keep things extra lively. You can go for a traditional playlist like this one on Spotify. Or if you play the ukulele, strum your own renditions of classic holiday tunes or modern summer hits.

Play holiday tunes on the ukelele in your summer party

We hope these Christmas in July party ideas help you throw an unforgettable house party. Share this post with friends and family who love the idea of having a merry one twice in a year!


  1. Mya Murphy Reply

    I love the idea of a White Elephant fun Christmas in July!! The funnier, crazier..the better!!

  2. Teresa Harris Reply

    I would love to have one of these to use all year for each season. My youngest daughter loves to decorate trees so she would love this.

    • Kristin walker Reply

      I love the egg nog idea! I have to have egg nog every Christmas so having it for Christmas in July is a must as well!!!

  3. Cliff Plummer Reply

    Love the ice cream theme ! Anything beach related is great for summer,too.

      • Sarah C Burks Reply

        I just love ❤ the sunflower 🌻 idea. There are so many great and beautiful ideas.

  4. Linn Pieper Reply

    So many great ideas !!! A Luau would be fun !! A holiday bbq theme for a July Christmas could be fun,too!!

    • Love these ideas! I love a pink flamingo idea and a summer dog idea. Little pool, ice creams, balls, dog ornaments, etc!

  5. Aubrey Scott Daniels Reply

    My son would absolutely love the Pokémon tree! I’m partial to the grinch myself.

  6. Barbara Short Reply

    These are all wonderful theams and now I know how to plan a Christmas in July and i love my idea was Fruit 🍉 ideas and you had a tree like I would do., thanks for all the great ideas.

  7. Jennifer Webb Reply

    The flamingo tree is so adorable! Great idea for Christmas in July.

  8. Barbara Pacific Reply

    All of these ideas inspire me so much. I would do a beach themed tree with sand toys

  9. All of these ideas are amazing and creative! I think I’m going to go with a Beach theme next July. Thanks for the ideas!

  10. Hannah Branham Reply

    I love all your trees! Christmas in July is fabulous and so are youuu!

  11. Heidi Huseman Reply

    I love the idea of doing a black tree with maybe flamingo or watermelon decor!😻

  12. Jamie Isaacs Reply

    I love the 9’ skim milk pencil tree. Great for our small space and we can use a larger variety of color schemes. We just moved to Florida so I think the beach theme and teal blue colors will be our 2020 tree 🌊🏖🦩🐳🐬🐟🐠🐡🦀🐙🦞🕶

  13. Kayte CookWatts Reply

    White Elephant is one of my favorite December traditions and I welcome any excuse to do it twice!

  14. Lisa Barrett Reply

    I just love all the different tree’s and ideas for decorating.

  15. Soraya E M Reply

    I just loved the upside down tree. It’s a real head turner.

  16. Gina Ferrari Ferrari Reply

    Omg the beach theme is so cutee!!!! Nothings better than the beach

  17. Gina Ferrari Reply

    Oh my God the beach theme is so cute! nothings better than the beach

  18. Kimberly Pemrich Reply

    HAHA the pin the heart on the Grinch is moving to my xmas in December also!!

  19. Sherry McCarthy Reply

    I like the white elephant idea, as soon as it’s safe, this is on my list.

  20. Jenna Marie Reply

    Great ideas! Thanks for them!! I never thought of picking just a single theme for a Christmas in July party!

  21. Marilyn Holt Reply

    I love the Ice Cream Cones on the tree! such a fun and playful way to show your summer spirit! I love the mixing of the tree’s too with the blue top and red and white bottom. perfect for those all American tree’s and 4 th of July. I can think of so many designs to use on that tree.

  22. Kimberly Benton Reply

    We’d Love a Tree with every color of Birds. I have such a variety in my yard in Kansas City & my Grandbabies Love It 💛

  23. Wow,You have put up some great ideas.Thanks for the suggestions.

  24. Arielle Morgane Reply

    Can’t wait to assemble my Biker Themed Christmas in July tree! Everything motorcycling and biker related schwag you can imagine!

    • patricia cartelli Reply

      Lots of great Ideas, I am going to decorate a tree for fall this year and if course Christmas, and maybe Valentine’s day

  25. Patti Toole Reply

    I really Love the Ice Cream Cone ornaments on the tree and the Pin the Heart on the Grinch game. So creative and So much Fun. 🙂

  26. The couldn’t be a better year to have a Christmas in July party. We all need a little Christmas spirit.

  27. Karen McGiffin Reply

    Love how your steps are clear cut with great suggestions! Always love Treetopia and your amazing trees!

  28. wish I could have a Christmas in July party during this pandemedic

  29. My favorite Christmas in July decor idea is the Nautical Decorations by Jennifer Perkins

  30. These are such fun ideas. It’s great to celebrate in times like these.

  31. I want to make a Seaside Tree for Christmas in July! I love the fruity tree slot!

  32. Dana Matthews Reply

    White Elephant….I like the recommendation of keeping it holiday tradition themed..meaning all the white lights, wreaths, big tree, little trees and holiday dishes and embellishments for my guests to see!

  33. Donna Rhodes Reply

    I love the idea of a tree for summer parties with summer treats all over it like the ice cream cones. Very festive!

  34. Frankie Pinnix Reply

    My favorite Christmas in July decor idea is the beach theme! I love the beach, so this speaks to me! Very informative and interesting article!

    • Olivea Iverstine Reply

      The upside down tree is wild! My husband and I love the strange and usual!

  35. Lisa Lawton Reply

    I love the flamingo tree!!! Perfect for Christmas in July!!

  36. Karen Myers Reply

    My daughter loves Pokemon. Awesome idea. Going to have to use this idea and share with friends.

  37. Elizabeth Armstrong Reply

    Never thought of a Christmas tree in July! What a great idea.

  38. My granddaughter will love playing Pin the Heart on the Grinch!

  39. Tina Fleenor Reply

    I love the watermelon decorating idea! Perfect for Christmas in July!

  40. DIANE ERAL Reply

    I would love to have a summer theme party right now. But as we all know, that is impossible right now. Hopefully, I can have a party this fall before school starts.

  41. Linda Davidson Reply

    Love all the tips. My favorite tree is with the tropical theme and flamingo.

  42. My favorite Christmas in July decoration is a summer tree with our favorite memories.

  43. Tiffany Green Reply

    Ready to put a tree up and decorate it daily at this point!

  44. Love the picture of the 4th of July party! All the heart eyes! Thanks for all the fun ideas!

  45. Jenny Smalley Reply

    I love this, a tree for every occasion! My son loves the idea of a pikachu tree

  46. Tonya Buenrostro Reply

    I love the black trees! I need a big one now that I have more Halloween ornaments!

  47. Molly Bearshield Reply

    We would definitely go with a cool treats theme, ice cream and popsicles with pastels colors to match a pretty in pink tree!

  48. paige chandler Reply

    I like a good color scheme. Thanks for sharing such cute ideas

  49. Tammyelle Cliff Reply

    I just love your trees! This will be my first year decorating my new home and as a newly wed, so excited!

  50. Bob Aycock Reply

    Lots of fun ideas! I love celebrating Christmas in July. 😊🎄☀️ We pull out some of our favorite Christmas decorations and mainly celebrate the week leading up to July 25th. Of course, the Christmas music starts on July 1st.

  51. donna porter Reply

    These are some really cute ideas! My theme would be beach.

  52. These are all great ideas! I love the pin the heart on the Grinch game. (And the beach towel as a tree skirt is a genius idea!)

  53. Stephan Grant Reply

    What do you folks at Treetopia this a COVID-Christmas is going to look like this year? Will we still have Christmas office parties, visits to Grandma on Christmas Eve, caroling and other group activities? Thanks for the reminder that Christmas is just 6 months away.

  54. I would do an ice cream sundae theme with a cherry on top of the tree!

  55. Oh my goodness ! The cutest ideas for Christmas in July ! I round live to have a party & love the idea of the games & this egg nog ! But the hardest part is picking out what kind of tree because they are all sooo cute !!

  56. Cecile Slinkman Reply

    I love the July 4th party theme. It always makes a tree look so colorful with the red, white and blue. And patriotic!

  57. Anne Marie Carter Reply

    I love the themed Christmas in July decorations with the food and the games that match the chosen theme. My theme would be the beach.


    Wow, I really love all your beautiful Christmas Trees, and my Favorite is Pretty in Pink With lights…..Please pick me!

  59. The Melon Gazpacho Soup with Crispy Prosciutto looks very tasty!

  60. I’m obsessed with pink! I want the pretty in pink for year round decorating

  61. Awesome ideas, I finally threw away my 10 year old tree it’s time for an upgrade.

  62. PAULA Gillespie Reply

    I like the luau idea for Christmas in July since it is summer and hot. All great ideas and look like so much fun!

  63. Crystal Gryniuk Reply

    I have always wanted an upside down Christmas Tree. Loved seeing one in this blog post.

  64. Ooh I like this info! I haven’t figured out everything yet and we are celebrating Sat July 25th.

  65. Carolann McLaughlin Reply

    I am thinking of making the Independence day type of tree for the entire summer with everything red, white and blue. Love all of your ideas.

  66. Megan Wilson Reply

    These are all great ideas! I would like boat, firework ornaments, stuff like that!

  67. I’ve never had a Christmas in July party but I’m definitely thinking of having one now


    I think a Christmas in July party with white elephant gifts is a great idea!!

  69. Buddy Garrett Reply

    This is the first time I have heard of a Christmas In July party. I love all of these great ideas.

  70. xxxxxxxxxxx Reply

    just what the doctor ordered to chase away the corona virus blues

  71. amanda robertson Reply

    I love your ideas for games and the upside down tree is sooo cool

  72. I was thinking about doing this theme for my sweet 16 but now I’m for SURE doing it!

  73. Well since my b-day is 2 days after Christmas in July, I would love a birthday themed tree.

  74. Christina Wahrmund Reply

    I think it is a novel and fun idea. What a great way to brighten up the end of summer.

  75. Lots of wonderful idea’s – I love the board shaped as a tree – thanks!

  76. Charity Milam Reply

    So many great ideas! Can’t wait to get the tree out and start to celebrate

  77. Love all the awesome uses for a holiday tree, they are not just for Christmas any more.

  78. Amanda Lanphere Reply

    These are really great tips to hosting a wonderful party. Love it.

  79. Lindsey Huber Reply

    Omg the sunflower tree is gorgeous, might have to try my hand at that one

  80. vicky l aders Reply

    love these ,my doctors office chages their tree every holiday then summer sprimng fall winter. as well

  81. I love all of your ideas. I especially love the red white a blue tree…..I need it in my life!!!!!!!!

  82. Penny Branson LeBaron Reply

    sunflower theme is stunning. I like the idea of decorating any size indoor tree all year round

  83. I’m about to head to the beach and make a sand snowman… sandman… lol

  84. athena graeme Reply

    The flamingo one is just great! So cute! I also like the patriotic 4th of July one!

  85. all these trees are awesome & creative. I really love the sunflower one. It’s beautiful and makes me smile

  86. Beach theme with ornaments the colors of the ocean & sand, shells & fish net garland

  87. I love this site. It really puts me in the mood for Christmas (even if it is 98 degrees outside)

  88. vivorn Sophamisay Reply

    I love the idea of creating your own theme. I think it’s pretty neat.

  89. Julie M Feldermann Reply

    I love the red, white and blue tree. I come from a military family, and I love the 4th of July.

  90. Linda Davidson Reply

    Love the Surf’s Up Idea! Great way to leave the tree up all year round!

  91. I love Christmas and my birthday is in July so I wouldn’t mind a birthday tree!

  92. Phillip Rutan Reply

    Christmas in July would v perfect at my home,it’s only me and grandson we have no other family which I’m so bored not talking to an adult for 11 yrs I would put sunflowers all over tree,lil birds, hummingbird ladybugs and top a star..grandson is 5 austism and July Xmas would b so kool

  93. laurie damrose Reply

    I would get a 6 foot tree and decorate it with the solar system and unicorns,to start.

  94. Ashley Mains Reply

    I’m definitely going to have to try that rainbow cake idea! How fun!

  95. Tami Faurote Reply

    Great ideas! You’ve got me thinking of decorating outside of my usual box!

  96. I love the beach theme tree. I think a cabin tree would be cute as well. Fishing poles, nets, lures, etc…

  97. It would be fun to have a red tree (maybe out on the deck) with white and blue decorations, a patriotic theme.

  98. Hesther Obrien Reply

    Love the tree inspiration. Now I just need to convince my husband and kids we need a tree up all year long. So many beautiful tree opstions

  99. Cheryl Markle-Bomar Reply

    I love all your ideas!! I would love to decorate a beach theme tree. I love going to the beach!!

  100. Tina Mitchell Reply

    Never thought of these creative ideas. Now all I can think of is new themes. This is wonderful!!!!!!

  101. My favorite idea is using a white Christmas tree for a beach or Caribbean cruise style Christmas in July. I like the idea of using pink flamingoes and luau type decorations. It’s fun and colorful.

  102. Pamela Muldowney Reply

    I’m crazy about the pink flamingo idea! I love al of them! Amazing!

  103. Theresa Jenkins Reply

    I have 5 grandkids…we have started making Christmas ornaments for Dec. …it is a fun time in July with all 5 of them!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  104. Courtney Carroll Reply

    I am OBSESSED with the sunflower tree example! I would literally keep that in my house all year round!!!

  105. I have a halloween tree a Christmas tree and a valentines day tree im torn on which tree I should get next !

  106. I love the tropical theme! Some nice, fruity drinks to celebrate the summer!

  107. These are such wonderful ideas that I’m taking notes and will be having multiple parties. My family will think I’ve become Martha Stewart or David Tutera!

  108. Michelle Cantwell Reply

    I love the idea of an all-iday tree! I really want to start that tradition now!

  109. Jeannette Harkin Reply

    I love the Lemonade Stand tree on your Facebook and Instagram page!

  110. Teresa Organ Reply

    The Independence Day celebrations is my favorite Christmas in July decor.

  111. I want an old fashioned carnival Christmas in July celebration – tree, games, the carnival foods…all of it

  112. Melissa Jones Reply

    Red, white, & blue lights, decorative presents to hang on the tree wrapped in patriotic colors

  113. Linnzie Pieper Reply

    Flamingos all tge way !! My house has them all over and that Flamingo tree is absolutely amazing! It looks fantastic on that color tree, too

  114. Cliff Plummer Reply

    Weve started keeping our tree up year round and i love finding creative ways to decorate it . There were aome great ideas here, especially loved the beach theme . We have a back to school theme up next for ours – the kids may not agree ,but its a holiday for me !

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