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Independence Day - An American Patriotic Holiday
Celebrating Freedom on the Fourth of July
Independence Day is a Patriotic American Holiday celebrating our American freedoms and commemorating birth of our country. The United States of America was born with the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, which was the founding document by which independence from Great Britain was declared.
Celebrated with parades, barbeques, and community celebrations, and capped off with an evening of fireworks, it is also a time to reflect upon our great country and its historic founding.
Many have fought and died to secure the freedoms we enjoy today in our United States...land of the free and home of the brave. We owe them a debt of gratitude.
A Patriotic Red, White, and Blue Dessert
Here's a simple dessert that we enjoy quite often, but it's especially appropriate on patriotic holidays. Best of all, it's healthy and sugar free!
Red Berries (Strawberries and / or Raspberries)
Granular Sweet and Low (or your favorite sweetner)
Redi-Whip or other white topping.
(Redi-Whip is sugar free and sodium free!)
Berries, PD photo USDA (cropped)
Wash the fruit and remove stems and leaves.
Quarter the strawberries.
Place berries in individual serving bowls.
Sprinkle a packet of Sweet and Low over the berries in each bowl.
Refrigerate until serving time.
Top with Redi-Whip just before serving.
The Foundation of Our Freedom
Set a Patriotic Table - On Independence Day
For July Fourth, Memorial Day, Veterans Day, and other patriotic holidays, dress your table in red, white, and blue, with stars and stripes on everyone' place mats.
These make serving a large crowd easier on you. They come in a pad of 24. They're made of paper, so there's no laundering to worry about. Not only that, they are recyclable. So, not only are they red, white, and blue, but also green.
More July 4th Recipes - Red, White, and Blue Foods
What Is the Meaning behind the American Flag?
The flag consists of thirteen horizontal stripes, seven red and 6 white, and in the upper right, 50 white stars on a field of blue.
The stripes represent the 13 original colonies, and the stars represent the 50 states of the Union.
"Old Glory Red" in the flag stands for Valor and Hardiness.
White stands for Purity and Innocence.
"Old glory Blue" stands for Vigilance, Perseverance and Justice.
On occasion, a gold fringe is added around the outer perimeter of the flag for indoor ceremonies only. The gold has no specific meaning, and, according to flalg etiquette, in not appropriate for when the flag is used, carried, or displayed outdoors.
The Pledge of Allegiance
"I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America and to the Republic for which it stands, one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all."
Fourth of July Kitchen Accessories - Get the kitchen ready for cooking!
Independence Day Crafts For The Kids - Activities for the kids on the 4th of July
America's National Anthem
The official song for the United States of America is The Star Spangled Banner. The words for the anthem were written by Francis Scott Keys in 1814. He was a lawyer by profession, but wrote poetry as a hobby.
The tune was borrowed from a song popular in both America and Britain, The Anacreontic Song.
It wasn't until 1931 that a resolution was adopted by congress, naming The Star Spangled Banner the official Anthem of the United States.
Most Americans learned the first verse by heart as children. However many don't even realize there are three more verses to the song. Even few know all FOUR verses by heart.
What about you?
Star Spangled Banner
Words to the National Anthem
Do you know all the words to the national anthem by heart?
Thank Someone Special Today
All of those who serve their country are special, from the newest Private to the biggest General.
They are willing to sacrifice - big time - for you, without even every having met you.
If you run into someone today who has served, or who is serving, is the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, or Coast Guard, give them a special smile, and a sincere "Thank You."
Patriotic Activity Sheets - and Coloring Pages
- Fourth of July Worksheets
Celebrate America's Independence Day with Fourth of July worksheets, including coloring pages, word searches, crossword puzzles, writing prompts, math worksheets, and more.
- Fourth of July Coloring Pages
Fourth of July (USA) coloring book pages you can print and color.
- Free 4th of July coloring pages, Fourth of July printables, Independence Day activities, and firewor
Printable Coloring Pages - Free printable coloring sheets for kids, holiday and general themes for home or classroom use, with multiple templates and designs per theme.
- Kids 4th of July Crafts
Kids 4th of July Crafts and Printable 4th of July Activities for kids. We have lots of Independence day crafts with printable templates that kids will really enjoy.
FULL Version of The Star Spangled Banner
Independence Day - You have to see this!
There is nothing better to get you excited about our freedom and independence than to see the last holdouts kick alien tush fighting for the survival of our very planet.
It's a fun movie to watch as a family on the Fourth of July.