Fourth of July

The Fourth of July, or Independence day will be here before you know it. Red, white and blue are the patriotic colors that surround this fun day of celebration. The holiday goes back to 1776 when the continental congress voted for independence as a nation, and formally adopted the Declaration of Independance. The tradition of fireworks began in Philadelphia a year later with the first organized celebration of independence day, and became even more widespread after the War of 1812. Congress made July 4th a federal holiday in 1870. Today we often celebrate independence day with barbeque's, fireworks and patriotic music. There are also  many fun craft and food ideas to help observe the festivities. Check out these books that give you celebration stories and background on this grand summer holiday. Head back to 62 days of Summer for more ways to participate in the summer program!

Let's celebrate Independence Day by Barbara DeRubertis
Independence Day by Nancy I Sanders
July jitters by 1940- Ron Roy
Fourth of July mice! by Bethany Roberts
Happy birthday, America by Mary Pope Osborne
What is the 4th of July? by Elaine Landau
Apple pie 4th of July by Janet S Wong
Fourth of July [kit] by Emma Carlson Berne
Fireworks at the FBI by 1940- Ron Roy
The great cake bake by Helen Ketteman
Happy Birthday, America! by Marsha Wilson Chall
Let's go, Dear Dragon by Margaret Hillert
McDuff saves the day by Rosemary Wells
Parade colors by 1954- Barbara Barbieri McGrath
Red, white, and boom! by 1955- Lee Wardlaw
Singing queen by M. (Marci) Peschke
The sparkly night by Kirsten McDonald
The talking T. Rex by 1940- Ron Roy
Pie is for sharing by Stephanie Parsley Ledyard
Declaration of Independence by Sarah Machajewski