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Fourth of July Lesson Plans, Crafts and Activities

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Well, while there will be lots of flags waving on the Fourth of July, this holiday actually honors the day, July 4, 1776, that the Declaration of Independence was signed.

The Declaration is the formal justification for the independence of the United States of America from England and its King. The preamble provides a succinct overview of why the British colony wanted to pull away England and the high goals the Declaration’s writers set for the new nation.

“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.”

The Declaration then goes on to list the grievances the young nation has with England. This was the rationale for the colonial rebellion.

The first celebration of “Independence Day” occurred the very next year with gun salutes, parades, parties, and fireworks.

There are lots of ways to involved students in July 4 celebrations. Here are some lesson plans, craft and activity ideas that should inspire creativity–and patriotism.

Make Fake Fireworks for July Fourth

Independence Day Web Hunt

Pre-K-1 “Hands-on Flag” Making

History of the Declaration of Independence

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