America became a free country on July 4, 1776 when a special document known as the Declaration of Independence was published. Today, Independence Day, more commonly known as the Fourth of July, is a national holiday in the United States, celebrated with parades, picnics, fireworks and so much more!
But that’s just one day of the year. We think there are lots of great ways to celebrate America’s birthday, even after the holiday has passed! Here are some ideas to get you started:
- Visit a museum. There’s always something new to learn about our nation! Several great museums in our area focus on American history, including the Museum of the American Revolution and the National Constitution Center. You can visit one of these places for free by using our Museum Pass program.
- Read about America. Whether you’re looking for a book about how our country got its start, a biography of someone who helped make our country great, or just want a fun fiction story, you’ll be certain to find something you like in our online catalog.
- Make a patriotic craft. Show off your American pride by making a fun craft, for you or someone else! Wear your Fourth of July hat and American flag t-shirt when you go to your local parade. And don’t forget to decorate your door with a patriotic star wreath before your guests come for a barbecue!
- Whip up a patriotic treat. If arts and crafts aren’t your thing, maybe you’d rather put together something edible! Cool off from the heat with a yummy patriotic popsicle, or satisfy your need for something crunchy with patriotic snack mix. Once the sun goes down, it’ll be time to bring out the fireworks sugar cookie cake!
However you decide to celebrate our country’s birthday, be sure to make it festive and fun! Have a fantastic Independence Day!