Independence Day

The Fourth of July

The History of Independence Day

Independence day is a national holiday in the United States that celebrates our independence from Great Britain. When the United States was first formed, it was controlled by Great Britain. Some people were unhappy that they were not getting the freedoms from Great Britain that they wanted when they move to the U.S. The Revolutionary War between the Americans and Great Britain broke out in April of 1775. In June of 1776, many American men came together and decided that they needed to make sure that they won their independence. These men created a smaller group of men, including Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, Roger Sherman, John Adams and Robert R. Livingston. These five men created the Declaration of Independence and was officially accepted by Congress on July 4, 1776. For years after, independence for America was celebrated with parades and bonfires, and was adopted as a national holiday in 1870. We still celebrate this holiday today, but now we celebrate with fireworks, sparklers and family get-togethers.

Independence Day Crafts

Firework Craft:

Supplies: black construction paper, liquid glue, straws, glitter


1. Place a dot of glue of the black construction paper

2. While the glue is still wet, use the straw to blow the glue into different directions to make it look like fireworks

3. Sprinkle glitter on to the glue to make the firework sparkle

4. Let dry

*or in place of step 1 and 2, just draw fireworks with glue

Handprint Flag Craft:

Supplies: red, white and blue paint, blue construction paper, paint brushes, popsicle stick, star stickers, glue stick, scissors, hole punch and thin, red, white and blue ribbon


1. Paint child's palm blue and alternating fingers red and white (except thumb)

2. Press hand onto construction paper and let dry

3. Cut out construction paper around the handprint in a rectangular shape

4. Place star stickers on the palm of the handprint

5. Glue the construction paper to the popsicle stick to create the flag

6. Punch a hole in the upper left hand corner of the flag and tie ribbons

Independence Day Recipes

Star Treats:

Ingredients: 5 1/2 cups of marshmallows, 5 1/2 cups of rice crispy type cereal, 1/4 cup of butter, non-stick spray , large sauce pan , baking sheet, star-shaped cookie cutter, and red, white and blue jelly beans


1. Melt the butter over medium heat, add the marshmallows and allow them to melt, and then add the cereal

2. Spread onto the baking sheet and let it cool enough for children to place the jelly beans

3. Place the jelly beans all over the rice crispy treat

4. Place in the fridge and allow to cool completely

5. Cut out treats with the star cookie cutter

6. Enjoy!

Patriotic Popcorn:

Ingredients: 1 bag of white candy melts, 2 cups Rice Chex cereal, 2 cups pretzel sticks, 1 bag white popcorn, red, white and blue sprinkles, red M&M's


1. Mix together cereal, pretzels and popped popcorn (no kernels) in a large bowl

2. Melt the candy melts and pour over the mixture and stir gently until evenly coated

3. Spread the mixture out onto a foil lined baking sheet and sprinkle with M&M's and sprinkles

4. Let cool and then break apart the mixture

5. Enjoy!

Patriotic Songs and Games

Yankee Doodle Dandy with Lyrics - Kids Songs Nursery Rhymes by eFlashApps