Commonly known as the Fourth of July, Independence Day in the United States commemorates the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, declaring the thirteen colonies’ independence from the Great Britain.
Whether you celebrate by watching fireworks, enjoying a barbecue with family and friends, or remembering those who have fought and are fighting for the freedoms we enjoy as Americans, Independence Day is a time to be thankful for everything God has given us.
On July 4, 1776, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the Continental Congress adopted the Declaration of Independence. This statement, written by a committee led by Thomas Jefferson, declared the 13 North American colonies intended to separate from Britain.
Happy Birthday, America!
Ideas for Independence Day.
Participate in one of the 4th of July parades, fireworks, or other celebrations.
Dress up in red, white, and blue!
Make a meal together with only red, white, and blue foods.
Remembering the importance of Independence Day any day!
Learn more about Independence Day and the American Revolution.
Holidays.net > Independence Day
History.com > July Fourth
USA.gov > Fourth of July is Independence Day
Read a children’s book about the Fourth of July.
F is for Flag by Wendy Cheyette Lewison, illustrated by Barbara Duke
Fourth of July Mice! by Bethany Roberts, illustrated by Doug Cushman
Happy Birthday America by Mary Pope Osborne, illustrated by Peter Catalanotto
Hats Off for the Fourth of July by Harriet Ziefert, illustrated by Gustaf Miller
The Fourth of July Story by Alice Dagliesh
Memorize the Pledge of Allegiance.
“I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands. One nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”
Learn about and sing The Star-Spangled Banner, the United States of America’s national anthem.
Smithsonian > The Star-Spangled Banner
Youtube > The Star-Spangled Banner: Sing-along with lyrics
Youtube > The Star-Spangled Banner: Karaoke
Find out how to properly fold an American flag at USFlag.org.
You might also want to listen to some of these classics.
America the Beautiful
Battle Hymn of the Republic
Halls of Montezuma
My Country ‘Tis of Thee
Stars and Stripes Forever
See my Memorial Day page for more ideas!
Lesson Plans, Crafts, and Activity Ideas
Education World > K-12 lesson plans
Lessons Plans Page > K-12 lesson plans
Cute Food for Kids > 4th of July Party Food Ideas
TLC How Stuff Works > Fourth of July Activities
Enchanted Learning > Crafts, Projects, and Worksheets
DLTK > Coloring Pages, crafts, games and Puzzles, printables, recipes, worksheets, and other links
Bing > Independence Day Coloring pages
Bing > Independence Day Crafts
Bing > Independence Day Word Searches
Bing > Independence Day Puzzles
Bing > Independence Day Worksheets
Bing > Independence Day Activity sheets