The 4th of July
Independence Day, in the United States, the Fourth of July, a time when family and friends are getting together in celebration with pool parties, picnics or a day at the beach. An evening filled with excitement and fireworks. For many children this day is a highlight of their summer vacation as they will soon be returning to school. Many adults thinking as it as a long weekend or a day off from work. Unfortunately many among us do not know what we are celebrating on this historic day.
Why We Celebrate Independence Day
July Fourth in the U.S., commemorates the adoption of the Declaration of Independence. July 4, 1776, the Continental Congress declared that the thirteen American colonies were now the United States of America, a new nation and no longer part of the British Empire. These original 13 colonies had formed a country that would become the greatest, strongest nation the world had ever seen.As we celebrate, remember that the 4th of July is not just about fireworks, picnics and kids having fun. Each of us needs to reflect on the freedoms we have and what we must do to keep the United States of America free.
This Schoolhouse Rock video titled “Fireworks” features a song of the same title written by Lynn Ahrens. Kid, teenager or adult you will find this independence day song performed by Grady Tate to be catchy as we learn about this 4th of July holiday and our Declaration of Independence.