U.S. INDEPENDENCE DAY
RESOURCE TOOLKIT FOR AMERICAN SPACES
This Resource Toolkit is designed for American Spaces to create programs and use social media to focus on Fourth of July celebrations.
- July 4th eLibraryUSA Scavenger Hunt
- Smithsonian Digital Collections
- The Library of Congress collections of downloadable images and music.
- Fourth of July Images State Department’s Flickr pages on July 4th and U.S. flags
JULY 4TH, A CELEBRATION
Each year, the United States celebrates its national Independence Day on July 4. The holiday commemorates the signing of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. Americans traditionally honor the day with parades, picnics, barbecues, and fireworks displays.
American Spaces often serve as venues for in- person and virtual programs to commemorate the day. Programs could include:
- Presentation on American history or culture.
- Watch party for fireworks and parades.
- July 4th celebration with games.
ShareAmerica Articles and Videos
- Americans celebrate the 4th of July (video)
- 4th of July: Honoring an American tradition (photo gallery)
- A lot of history happened on July 4
Each year, the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) hosts A Capitol Fourth live broadcast of fireworks and performances. The show will be live streamed on PBS’s site, as well as on Facebook and YouTube on July 4th at 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time.
If your country has an independence day, how do you celebrate it?
How do Americans celebrate their independence day? Is your celebration similar or different to the celebration of the 4th of July? How?
In 1870, Congress passed a law establishing July 4th as a federal holiday to celebrate the ‘birth of an independent nation.’ At first, not all Americans celebrated the Fourth of July across the United States. Due to differences, mainly political opinions, some Americans did not celebrate the holiday until many years later. Today, July 4th is one of the most popular holidays in the United States and to celebrate groups of friends, neighbors, and family members, gather together in backyards, at the beach, at parks, and other open areas.
Games are a great way to celebrate and learn – in person and online. Consider creating July 4th trivia using Kahoot or Baamboozle. Below are games that teach about America’s founding and its government.
- Ben’s Games for Kids – Created by the Government Publishing Office, this site has online games for all ages.
- Revolutionary Choices – In this online game from the American Revolution Institute, players are confronted with real choices that early Americans were forced to make during the American Revolution. The game includes a classroom guide.
- iCivics – Founded by retired Supreme Court Justice O’Connor, iCivics provides educators lesson plans and games to teach about the U.S. government and the role of the citizen.
VIDEOS AND MORE
- Revolution and the New Nation – From PBS this site provides explainer videos, lessons, and media galleries.
- George Washington – This PBS collection of videos and interactive media showing Washington’s role in the War for Independence.
- Liberty Kids – This 40-episode historical fiction cartoon series provides a fun way to practice English and learn about the American Revolution.
* Please use these tags when sharing. For Facebook: @AmericanMusicAbroad, @ExchangeProgramsAtState For Instagram: @cultureatstate, @exchangeourworld For Twitter: @cultureatstate, @USAMusicAbroad, #ExchangeAlumni
The views expressed in these links and resources do not necessarily reflect those of the U.S. government.
Updated April 2023