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 holiday. Please take some time to discover what July 4thmeans to our nation and to you.

Explore the ideas of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness with your¬† family or gathering, and ¬†share memories about past July 4thcelebrations.Try our Freedom’s Feast resources to enrich your Independence Day celebrations.



Take a few minutes before your family gathering or community fireworks display for this quick ceremony. The amazing language of the Declaration connects us to our shared history as Americans and reminds us of what we are celebrating.



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 two youthful revolutionary fighters. Their remarkable stories can still inspire us centuries later.

Try an old fashioned sing-along with colonial to contemporary songs. Many children don’t learn these in school so they’ll love the chance to sing with you.



Create your American Dream Quilt. Interpret the inalienable rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness claimed for all of us in the Declaration of Independence.


Check out 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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