Independence Day

July 4th fireworks celebration on the National Mall, Washington, DC

Fireworks 2008, by Adam Fagan, via Flickr

The Fourth of July is celebrated as Independence Day, in honor of the adoption of the Declaration of Independence by the Second Continental Congress on July 4, 1776. It is considered to be the birthday of the United States of America, and is celebrated with parades, fireworks, speeches, patriotic music and the American flag.

Celebrating the Fourth

Reading about the Holiday

  • Fourth of July Picture Books — Three Cheers for the Red White and Blue! July 4 is Independence Day, the birthday of the United States of America! Celebrate with this list of picture books about the Fourth of July, and kids’ books that explain how and why we celebrate this holiday!

The Declaration of Independence

The United States Flag

  • U.S. Flag Home Page — The U.S. Flag Home Page has graphics and text on all aspects of flag history and etiquette, including and account of the events surrounding the writing of the national anthem by Francis Scott Key and the story of Old Glory

Patriotic Music

Fourth of July Crafts and Activities


Holiday Health and Safety