July 4th, US Independence Day Illustration

USA Independence Day July 4th

For Kids: Over 200 years ago, these words were read at Independence Hall in Philadelphia, USA:

"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."

These brave words are part of the Declaration of Independence, affirming the independence of the American colonists from England.

Today, in the United States, we pay tribute to these ideals on the 4th of July. We celebrate this national holiday with parades, speeches, bonfires, picnics, concerts, and the display of the American Flag, just as the early American colonists did over 200 years ago!

In fact, as far as we know, the only custom we don't observe today is the lighting of candles in house windows, which some colonists did to show support of the new government.

July 4th Online Games & Activities for Kids

The Declaration of Independence for Kids

The Revolutionary War for Kids

History of July 4th (cartoon powerpoint)

For Teachers

Independence Day - Lesson on symbols

Hooray for Independence Day!

A Patriotic Play (script online; Dallas Elem 2nd graders)

US Patriotic Symbols Lesson Plans

Lesson Plans for Colonial America & the Revolutionary War (Donn)

Free 4th of July clip art

Apples 4 the Teachers (links)

Our Holiday Gift to You: Historic Indiana Farm Recipes

Free Presentations for July 4th

Free Clip Art