You may know Independence Day as “the Fourth of July” or “America’s Birthday.” They’re all names for the same holiday that celebrates the Declaration of Independence. The Declaration of Independence is a document that says the USA is its own country, no longer a part of England.
There are so many ways to celebrate the day, but here are my top 4:
If your city puts on a firework display, grab a comfy seat, bug spray, and earplugs, and watch the show! If you can’t go to one, watch online to see fireworks at the White House or all over the country, or make your own pictures of them.
Use your imagination to make artwork showing what the Fourth of July means to you through drawing, painting, or photos. There’s no right way to do it. You can create whatever you want.
Another way to get creative is by making my favorite thing — food! Experiment with colors, shapes, and types of foods to make something that you think represents the USA.
Add some blueberries to my strawberry shortcake recipe for a delicious red, white, and blue dessert. Plus, there are so many traditional Fourth of July foods to celebrate with! My family always makes corn on the cob, baked beans, and potato salad, with apple pie for dessert. I especially like to visit other people’s houses to try their traditional foods, too.
Gather with friends and family at a barbeque, picnic, or potluck. Picnics are my favorite! I go to my favorite park, check for ants, and spread out big blankets for everyone to sit on while we eat and talk.
Bring a kid’s book with you if you go to a cookout or a firework show so you can get some reading in before the big event!
Learning and reading about Independence Day in picture books is my #1 way to celebrate! There are children’s books for all ages about the Fourth of July. Some teach the history of the holiday, others are just for fun, and most are a little of both!
You could also read all about my White House adventures in Martin the Mouse in the White House. I’ve explored every corner of it, and I have to say — the best place for watching fireworks is from the White House balcony.