"We hold these truths to be self evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of happiness." — Declaration of Independence
Independence Day or the Fourth of July is the birthday of the United States of America. It is the day we celebrate the signing of the Declaration of Independence and the formal breaking of ties with England. The Continental Congress actually met on July 2, 1776 to formally declare independence, but it took two days for them to agree on the language of the document. In 1941 the Fourth of July was declared a federal legal holiday. Declaration Day is always celebrated the 4th. Most communities celebrate this special day with parades, picnics, parties and fireworks in the evening.
Fourth of July Discussion
Talk a bit about the history of our country. Why did people want to leave their homes to come here to live? What did they think would be better about living in America? Who lived here before the Europeans came to this land? What makes the United States different from other countries? What can we do to make this country stronger? Finally, talk about how the children celebrate this day with their families.
From The Big Book of Catholic Customs and Traditions for Children's Faith Formation, edited by Beth McNamara.
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