Celebrating Fourth of July: Books, Speeches, Food, Parties and Pizzaz

Posted by Kristy Beaudry McCain on Jul 2, 2015 2:09:35 PM


Celebrating Freedom: Making It Count

Independence Day affords an opportunity to educate kids and teens about the importance of the American people's freedom. Check out these easy ways to get the entire family involved.

Write Patriotic Speeches, Chants and Songs

One of the most exciting times in my life, as a mom, was when my six-year-old son won the city's patriotic speech contest! Needless to say, that is a family memory that I will cherish forever. We worked together to create a speech that honored our country. My son practiced his presentation skills at home and entered our community's Independence Day contest with a heart wrenching speech about the military members in our family.

Kids all over America can write patriotic speeches, songs, chants, poetry and stories. Youngsters may draw or paint patriotic pictures. These can be shared with friends, family and neighbors.

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Create and Cook Festive Food With The Family

Foodies can celebrate with style. The Fourth of July offers an opportunity to enjoy flavorful and tasty food at parties and celebrations. Children and teens can help prepare the food with the family. Inventive kids can create red, white and blue themed dishes. Fruit can be cut out in the shape of stars. The possibilities are endless!

Honor Family and Friends That Served In The Military

Family history and service to the United States can be spotlighted on the Fourth of July. My family visits the park which proudly posted this remembrance plaque that honors my cousin that died in the war. Sharing well detailed stories and pictures can spark an interest in community service and pride in our country.

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Read Stories, Books and Literature That Teaches About Independence Day

Books, online books and audiobooks offer insight into a historical perspective. These texts are a surefire way to build academic vocabulary and content knowledge. They also get kids fired-up about celebrating July 4th!


Recommended Reads

Readers have the opportunity to enjoy these titles that teach about America. These texts can be used to develop children’s knowledge of a topic. Some titles are even available in the read aloud format, which is very helpful for emerging readers. Kids can push the icon and the text can be read aloud to them. This is a great opportunity to enrich student’s educational skills by introducing them to new educational content. Big Universe offers hundreds of titles in many different languages on thousands of topics. Find these delightful and engaging texts that teach students about the United States at Big Universe.


by Molly Aloian (author) © 2010
ISBN: 9780778792161 AR: / /

Independence Day, or the Fourth of July, is one of the most important days in the history of the United States of America. Millions of Americans celebrate this national holiday each year. Parades, barbecues, and fireworks have all become staples of the celebration. Learn the importance of this national holiday to the people of the United States, then and now.


by Niki Walker Bobbie Kalman (author) © 2011
ISBN: 9780778789468 AR: / /

Holidays, celebrations, and symbols are highlighted in this up-to-date fact-filled introduction to the United States. Spotlight on the United States of America looks at the colonial history of the U.S., its government, and some of its important leaders. Many colorful pictures, maps, and illustrations the different regions, climates, cities, and wildlife of this fascinating country.

A Multicultural Perspective

From Chinese New Year to the Fourth of July, readers will learn about various holidays around the world and the activities that make them so much fun. The connection to language arts is made through important vocabulary words that help describe the customs of different cultures and the holidays that accompany these customs.
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My cousin Roger Marshall died serving our county. He was 18-years-old and an American hero. He is featured on this remembrance plaque.

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For more ideas read Your Country's History.




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