Fourth of July is all about celebration!
Barbeques. Fun in the sun. Icey, fruity, sugary drinks. Picnics. Music. Parades. And, of course, fireworks!
Of course, Fourth of July should be about celebration, it’s also a day filled with monumental American history.
Between all the festivities, excitement, and, let’s face it, sugar rushes, how can we sneak a bit of history into the mix for our kiddos?
It’s all about presentation!
Listing historical facts or telling the story of the American Revolution will most likely slide into one ear and out the other. Take a kid-friendly approach when teaching your kiddo about the history of the Fourth of July!
Get your kiddo on board with Fourth of July history with these preparation activities!
Don’t teach about the holiday on the holiday. Fourth of July is meant for celebration not class! Use the week prior to the holiday to teach its history. Start a conversation at the dinner table. Turn the birth of our country into story time. Encourage questions and make it a discussion!
Find a good book. There’s no shortage of kid-friendly Fourth of July books! Go on an outing to your local bookstore as the holiday approaches and pick out an array of diverse Fourth of July books. Spend your evenings reading about Fourth of July!
Highlight fun facts about the American Flag. The American Flag is a staple on the Fourth of July! Point out that the stars represent the 50 states that would eventually come into existence, but the stripes represent the initial 13 colonies that declared independence on July 4th.
Add a town tour into your festivities. Before the big day, go for a walkabout with your kiddos and point out government facilities. Explain what they do and how our government resources are linked to our independence.
Incorporate historical celebration activities. To celebrate the first public readings of the Declaration of Independence, our ancestors celebrated … well … very similarly! Concerts, bonfires, parades, and the first would-be-fireworks — the firing of cannons, muskets, and a 13-gun salute. You’ll probably want to steer clear of the gun salute, but incorporate some of these traditional celebrations into your festivities!
You’ve set the stage with ample history, but don’t lose momentum!
Crafts are a great way to celebrate, while keeping up with wonderful historical traditions.
Get cooking! Create a Fourth of July culinary concoction such as an American flag cake, red-white-blue nachos, a patriotic fruit snack, these Patriotic Chocolate Chip Cookies, or any one of these 56 Fourth of July recipes!
Create Fourth of July crafts from scratch! Set up a craft table on the Fourth of July to get your kiddos in the patriotic mood. Make star spangled wreaths, Yankee Doodle three-cornered hats, paper fireworks, and freedom kites.
Play Fourth of July history games! Incorporate some active, fun, historical games into your Fourth of July celebration such as Revolutionary Capture-the-Flag, a patriotic scavenger hunt, red-white-blue tag, or a super creative historical balloon dart board (each balloon contains a historical fact about the Fourth of July!)