Independence Day, commonly known as the Fourth of July, is a federal holiday in the United States commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, declaring independence from the Kingdom of Great Britain (now officially known as the United Kingdom). Independence Day is commonly associated with fireworks, parades, barbecues, carnivals, fairs, picnics,concerts, baseball games, family reunions, and political speeches and ceremonies, in addition to various other public and
I tell my kids it's not about BBQs and swimming and fireworks. There's so much more to this. And often I feel the true meaning and importance of the day has been lost. For many it's a reason to splash in the pool, have friends over, BBQ and drink.
It's a perfect day to teach your children the real meaning of the day - what is Independence Day, what do the stars and stripes on the flag really mean? Mention the values of a properly run country and government. Discuss what the president's job really is...how we can help our own country....how we can help the soldiers that fight daily to protect our freedom. How important it is to realize the sacrifices of those that have been lost or made POWs...and their families.
Talk about the Declaration of Independence and what it meant then and what it does/should mean now. It's significance.
Let's make this 4th of July more than just fireworks and food. Have a safe day and remember those who have family members missing because they've fought for our country.