Information and activities are from KRP’s Ultimate Holiday Activity Guide from the NIE Institute.
It was on July 4, 1776, that the Continental Congress adopted the Declaration of Independence and officially declared the American colonies free and independent states. When the declaration was read, people responded by ringing bells, playing music, and rejoicing in the streets.
Today, America celebrates the Fourth of July in similar fashion. Fireworks, picnics, parades, patriotic concerts, and more each year help the nation commemorates its birthday.
1. Pretend you are a reporter living when the Declaration of Independence was created and you have the opportunity to interview one of the crafters of the declaration. Make a list of reporter’s questions you would have asked that person. Then conduct research to get the answers to those questions. Conclude by writing a newspaper story based on the information.
2. Watch for newspaper stories about festivities that celebrate the Fourth of July. Then analyze one of the events and the traditions behind it.
3. Compare American lifestyles today to those of Americans living during the Colonial period. During research, find five products or services advertised in the newspaper and find out if those or similar products existed during the time when America was born.
FIREWORKS SAFETY from kidshealth.org
The safest way to enjoy fireworks is at a professional display. Some people light sparklers at home or even set off their own fireworks, but this is dangerous. Each year thousands of people are treated at hospital emergency rooms for fireworks-related injuries. And almost half of those injured each year are kids under age 15. Some of the people hurt each year aren’t the ones setting off the fireworks, but people who are nearby.
It’s best to stay away from areas where nonprofessionals are setting off fireworks. Fireworks can cause serious eye injuries, including blindness, if the eye tissue gets damaged or torn. Other common injuries from fireworks include burns to the hands and face, which can leave scars. Someone could even lose one or more fingers if fireworks go off the wrong way. Fireworks can also start fires, which can hurt even more people.