Declaration of Independence -- our founders' vision and yours
Independence Day is filled with cook-outs, parades, and fireworks! It's fun to kick back and relax. It’s also important to remember why we have this special holiday. Please take some time to explore what July 4th means to our nation and to you.
Explore what life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness mean to your family or gathering, and to share memories about past July 4th celebrations. Enjoy our Freedom’s Feast resources to enrich your Independence Day celebrations.
CEREMONIES TO CHOOSE
Take a few minutes before your family gathering or community fireworks display for this quick ceremony. Doing this shows that July 4th is different and deserves our special attention. You may be surprised at how moved you are by the chance to read a few sentences of the Declaration of Independence. The beautiful language connects us to our shared history as Americans and reminds us of what we are celebrating.
CELEBRATE YOUR WAY
Get the conversation going. Talk about what life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness means to you and others at your gathering.
Young Dreamers and Doers features stories of two youthful revolutionary fighters. Their example still inspires us centuries later.
Try an old fashioned sing-along. We've provided a range of songs from colonial to contemporary. Many children don’t have the opportunity to learn these in school so they will especially appreciate the chance to sing with you.
CREATE A KEEPSAKE
Create your American Dream Quilt. Express your interpretation of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, the inalienable rights claimed for all of us in the Declaration of Independence.
Enjoy our brief historical review of July 4th.
Explore other interesting resources at Go and Learn!
If you are unable to attend in person, be sure to tune in to the annual celebration and fireworks on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. For a full list of Independence day activities in our Nation's capital, please visit the National Park Service.
Many thanks to our Raising Citizens partner, the Children’s Museum of Manhattan (CMOM) for their collaboration on this holiday.
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