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Memories of Independence Day with Primary Sources

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As we take a moment to stop and celebrate the birthday of the United States of America, pause and think about the ways in which you and your family celebrated Independence Day when you were a child. Did you go to the beach or the forest? Did you have a family barbecue or a picnic in the park? Did you go to see fireworks displays or did your family have their own display? How have those celebrations changed as you’ve grown older? Or do you follow the same traditions?

Once you’re back in the classroom, you might ask your students about their holiday traditions and how they celebrated Independence Day. And while you are discussing traditions for celebrating Independence Day, consider exploring the Library’s primary source set on Symbols of the United States.

Meanwhile, what memories do you think this patriotic lad will carry away from his July 4th adventure?

Youngster enjoys Independence Day Parade, Washington, D.C. Carol Highsmith


  1. Independence for myself means kept faith in the Lord . Seeking things above .Walking in love toward my fellow members of society.

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