Independence Day is the celebration of adoption of the Declaration of Independance. It was written by Thomas Jefferson and signed by the Second Continental Congress - July 4, 1776. This statement gave the colonies freedom from Great Britain.

Independence Day was first observed in Philadelphia on July 8, 1776. In 1941, Congress declared July 4 a federal legal holiday.

"It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires and illuminations, from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward forevermore."
-John Adams

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Excerpt of the Declaration of Independence: In CONGRESS, July 4, 1776

The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America:
When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness. That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed. That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.

"We hold these truths to be self evident, that all men are created equal."
-Thomas Jefferson

"I know not what course others may take, but as for me, give me liberty or give me death."
-Patrick Henry


Hang red, white and blue streamers.

Wear the flag colors on the 4th.

Red, white and blue napkins and plates.

Hang a map of the United States.

Get a patriotic paper tablecloth.

Make a hot dog stand out of a cardboard box.

Decorate with small flags.


Make a red, white and blue treat with strawberries and blueberries on shortcake topped with whipped cream.

Have red punch with blue ice cubes. You can make the blue icecubes with food coloring or berry blue koolaid.

Make a Happy Birthday America cake.

Picnics and Cookouts from Fabulous Foods

The BBQ Man

Watermelon Recipes

Recipes for picnics

Apple Country Blue Ribbon Apple Pie Recipe

Historic Places

Independence Hall

The Story of Betsy Ross

Independence National Park

Tour Mt. Vernon, home of George Washington


Stand and put your right hand over your heart. Now recite with me:

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.

Flag Ettiquette


Musical parade with bikes and instruments.

Send Fourth of July Cards

Make flags out of construction paper and lick and stick stars.

Make Crafts for 4th of July

Go see the fireworks!

Plant a tree as a present to our land.

Face Painting

Be thankful for your freedom.

Buy or make a pair of stilts to walk around on. We tried them out trip to Colonial Williamsburg a few years back.

Get out the backyard games like croquet, badmitten, volleyball, tetherball, etc.

Colonial Crafts and Activities

Colonial Games and Toys

Liberty Kids Fun and games, behind the scense of the animated series and try out then and now

A Colonial Family and Community Mini movies, historic documents, interactive question and answers


Colonial Music Alive and well

Download free Patriotic Music

Visit John Philip Sousa Composer of the Stars and Stripes Forever

Words to the Star Spangled Banner:
Francis Scott Key
20 September 1814

Oh, say can you see, by the dawn's early light,
What so proudly we hailed at the twilight's last gleaming?
Whose broad stripes and bright stars, through the perilous fight,
O'er the ramparts we watched, were so gallantly streaming?
And the rockets' red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there.
O say, does that star-spangled banner yet wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave?

On the shore, dimly seen through the mists of the deep,
Where the foe's haughty host in dread silence reposes,
What is that which the breeze, o'er the towering steep,
As it fitfully blows, now conceals, now discloses?
Now it catches the gleam of the morning's first beam,
In full glory reflected now shines on the stream:
'Tis the star-spangled banner! O long may it wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave.

And where is that band who so vauntingly swore
That the havoc of war and the battle's confusion
A home and a country should leave us no more?
Their blood has wiped out their foul footstep's pollution.
No refuge could save the hireling and slave
From the terror of flight, or the gloom of the grave:
And the star-spangled banner in triumph doth wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave.

Oh! thus be it ever, when freemen shall stand
Between their loved homes and the war's desolation!
Blest with victory and peace, may the heaven-rescued land
Praise the Power that hath made and preserved us a nation.
Then conquer we must, for our cause it is just,
And this be our motto: "In God is our trust."
And the star-spangled banner forever shall wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave!