Did You Know? 4th of July

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Did You Know? July 4th is also known as Independence Day. On this day, we celebrate the anniversary of the Second Continental Congress adopting the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776.

At that time, Congress was made up of delegates from the United States’ original thirteen colonies. They unanimously approved the document that declared independence from Great Britain. Let’s celebrate America’s independence! You can party, get involved in service projects, or do something with your family. Whatever you do, let’s give thanks for the patriots that fought for our independence! More fascinating facts –

  • The colonists put differences aside to work together for a common goal
  • “Taxation without representation” was the issue that united patriots
  • Thomas Jefferson penned the original draft document
  • The Pennsylvania Evening Post became the first newspaper to print the document
  • On July 8, 1776, a public reading of the document was followed with the ringing of bells and band music
  • It became a tradition to celebrate the day with processions, oratory, picnics, contests, games, military displays, and fireworks

Homeschoolers: Sketch/color an illustration. Theme: patriotism. Read the story called The Happy Prince and describe how the prince was a patriot.

About Martha Quinn

Book author, licensed teacher, master's degree (Reading K-12, Social Studies 7-12). Former homeschooler. Happily married Christian with two terrific children. Loves animals, swimming, music, fishing, gardening, cooking, traveling, exciting movies, good books, and the great outdoors.

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