Jun 30, 2014

Celebrate Independence Day!

This Friday marks our nation's 238th year of independence. July 4th typically means cookouts, hangouts with friends, and fireworks. So what is this holiday all about? According to, Independence Day, also known as the 4th of July, is America's birthday. It's the anniversary of the day on which The Declaration of Independence was adopted by the Continental Congress - July 4th, 1776. The 13 colonies no longer wanted to be ruled by Britain. The men who helped fight in the Revolutionary War should be remembered on this day. In towns and cities, the American flag is displayed and people march in parades. In 1941, Congress declared July 4th a federal, legal holiday. The History channel's web site posted a great video and a fact-filled page of info for those eager to learn more about our country's origins.

Did you know?!? It's estimated that over 150 million hot dogs will be consumed On July 4th! 

Joke Time!
Q: What did one flag say to the other flag?
A: Nothing, it just waved.

Q: Why did the duck say "Bang!"
A: Because he was a firequacker.

Calendar Mysteries: July Jitters by Ron Roy
In the seventh book of the Calendar Mysteries - an early chapter book mystery series featuring the younger siblings of the A to Z Mysteries detectives - the mayor is having a special Fourth of July contest; the person whose pet has the best Independence Day costume gets to be mayor for a day! Bradly, Brian, Nate, and Lucy transform Polly the pony into Thomas Jefferson and Pal the dog into the Declaration of Independence. But when the pet parade rolls around, the animals are nowhere to be found! Maybe they have stage fright. Can the kids find their dressed-up pets and calm them down before the Fourth of July fun begins?

The Redcoats Are Coming! by Marianne Hering and Nancy Sanders
The first of a three-book story arc about the American Revolution, The Redcoats Are Coming follows Patrick and Beth as they assist the revolutionaries by waking up the sleeping citizens of 1775 Concord before the Redcoats come. In this adventure, the cousins meet Paul Revere, Samuel Adams, and John Hancock. They help smuggle musket balls, sound the alarm that the Redcoats are coming, and deliver a secret message to Paul Revere. Along the way they learn that most of the revolutionaries leaned on God’s direction and even pastors helped in the cause.

Fireworks, Picnics, and Flags: The Story of the Fourth of July Symbols by James Cross Giblin 
What famous American thought that the turkey would make a better national bird than the bald eagle? Who was the real Uncle Sam? Each familiar Fourth of July symbol has an amazing story taken from an exciting chapter in our country's history, and each has its place in the traditions surrounding the birthday of our nation. All remind us of how hard our forefathers fought for the freedoms we enjoy today...and are celebrated in the pages of this entertaining book.  

To keep the holiday fun going, scope out these fun links!

PBS shares historical information about the origins of 4th of July.  

Fireworks safety from the Consumer Product Safety Commission.

Look for activities being hosted the week of the 4th at National Parks!

US Department of Agriculture shares some safe food handling tips.

Delish shares some kid-friendly cookout recipes.

Come Together Kids shares some cookout activities for the kiddos.

The government website for the United States shares some great historical information on the holiday's origins .

From the children's staff at the Grafton-Midview Public Library, we hope you have a safe and happy holiday!