“It ought to be commemorated, as the Day of Deliverance by solemn Acts of Devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with Pomp and Parade, with Shews [shows], Games, Sports, Guns, Bells, Bonfires and Illuminations [fireworks] from one End of this Continent to the other from this Time forward forever more.” John Adams
The 4th of July or Independence Day is a fun filled and educational holiday in our home. On or around the 4th of July we are blessed to be able to celebrate with family and friends (some of whom live in other states and only come to visit once a year). We enjoy a great local festival and parade, lots of good food, some lazy time on the river, and hours spent catching up with old friends. However, we also want to make sure that our children understand the significance of this holiday.
Our local historical site and the first permanent capitol of North Carolina, Tryon Palace, offers a day full of fun and education on the ‘Glorious Fourth’. As volunteers with Tryon Palace we will spend a portion of our day assisting in teaching others about the history and significance of July 4th. My husband is involved with their Continental Line unit and my children will be demonstrate how to load and fire a cannon (using a child sized model), colonial games, and answering questions about colonial and revolutionary times from a child’s perspective.
They also get to hear a great recitation of the Deceleration of Independence and talk with other historical interpreters as they revisit that day in history. For our family this is the perfect balance of fun and education. Many towns and historical sites have fun Independence Day activities and I encourage you to try to find one near you.
In addition to an educational program there are many fun activities you can do leading up to Independence Day. I’ve included some resources below that can get you started on a great study of the history behind this celebration and some fun hands on art activities. We would love to hear how you celebrate July 4th.
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American Landmarks Art Course (including the Washington Monument with Fireworks!)
7 Layer Flag Dip (my daughter is making this one for us this year)
Independence National Historical Park (some great online resources for those that can’t visit)
Fireworks with a Fork (I’m so excited to try this one with the 4 year old)
When you sign up for the Schoolin’ Swag free resource library you will get a link and password to the library, we are adding to the library each month with new items. You will also get a bi-weekly newsletter email to keep you up to date on what we have going on.
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