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Hold a 4th of July celebration

4th of July celebration - image of an American flag.

What’s the Idea?

Hold your own 4th of July celebration for US Independence Day at home

What’s the story

Most of us know about or have heard about the 4th of July celebration in the United States.

It is one of the biggest US holiday celebrations and commemorates the Declaration of Independence of the United States on 4th July 1776, from the monarch of Britain, King George III.

It’s important to understand how history has impacted how we live today. Since the USA’s independence, they have become a global superpower.

They have had a huge political, social and economic influence on the rest of the world and had a long-standing camaraderie with the allied forces in World War II.

People should do this because…?

We have all been influenced by the USA in one way or another.

Think of all the wonderful things to have come out of the USA that have made their way to all of us around the world.

The first thing that comes to mind is the food – hamburgers, hotdogs, bagels, doughnuts and apple pie.

With that comes the likes of some of our favourite fast-food franchises like McDonald’s, Burger King, KFC and Starbucks.

Then there’s the entertainment and showbiz – movies, celebrities and fashion.

These include the great Hollywood classics, Westerns, hit TV shows and the much-loved Disney cartoons.

Plus there are the American sports, with the likes of American football, baseball and basketball to name a few.

There are countless sporting legends that have hailed from the USA like LeBron James, Michael Jordan, Serena Williams, Tiger Woods and Michael Phelps.

What about technology?

Let’s not forget that they were the first nation to put a man on the moon and have some of the most incredible advances in technology.

We can thank the USA for Steve Jobs and Apple.

The USA is a wonderful and diverse country to explore.

The people are warm, friendly and helpful and there is an adventure to be had around every corner.

How do you do it?

Given the current global coronavirus pandemic, we cannot celebrate with festivals, parades and fireworks but we can still join in the 4th of July celebrations, virtually!

Take a virtual tour of American Museums and historical sites:

Learn more about the history of the USA with virtual visits to NASA, the Smithsonian National Museum of American History and the Statue of Liberty.

American Movie Night:

There are endless patriotic family-friendly movies, from classics like Yankee Doodle Dandy to the more recent Independence Day and An American Tale.

Get Crafty:

Make stars-and-striped themed crafts like a bandana star garland.

Cut star shapes from red, blue and white scrap paper, punch a hole in the top of each star and then thread a string through the holes.

A patriotic windsock or dream catcher is easy to make by simply hanging red, white and blue ribbon scraps from a hoop or ring.

Read the Declaration of Independence:

Learn and about and understand the values the country was founded on, especially pertinent in times like these.

Game time:

Play games in the garden – have a go at baseball or cool down with a water-balloon fight using red, white and blue balloons.

If it’s indoor weather try your hand at tic tac toe (noughts and crosses), an independence day inspired game or Monopoly.

4th July Feast:

Dress up in red, white and blue and enjoy some traditional 4th of July foods.

The menu includes hamburgers, hot dogs and anything on the barbecue.

Stick with the red, white and blue theme and make a strawberry, blueberry and marshmallow salad.

Let your imagination run wild with the different red, white and blue food combinations you could come up with!

Or if you feel like indulging why not order your favourite American fast food.

We hope you enjoy your 4th of July celebration.

In case you didn’t know, Canada celebrates its independence on 1st July with Canada Day.

Why not celebrate our northern hemisphere friends twice!

Stuff you may need

  • US-inspired decorations – think red, white and blue
  • Ribbon and paper scraps for the garland and windsock
  • American themed food

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