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Thursday, July 3, 2014

Incredible Independence

Bring in the brass band.  Light the fabulous fireworks and let the show begin.  So here we are again.  238 years since our Declaration of Independence was adopted on July 4, 1776.  Now being an American history fanatic, I am sure that I can bore you with facts and dates and that you've heard this before, but that isn't at all what the Declaration of Independence and the Revolutionary War was all about.  It was about families - parents who wanted better lives for their children and their children's children.  Men fought in the war - facing injury or even death - in hopes that their children wouldn't have to live under the tyranny that they had suffered.  Women worked hard to save their homes, fight off devastating disease, and feed their families.  Because of their sacrifices and their fight, we are free today.  It is an incredible, fiercely mighty thing these people, these Americans, did when so outnumbered!  So please, take some time over the weekend to learn about how the country you call home came to be the place of freedom that we all enjoy today.

Anyway, off my soapbox now.  One of the traditions in my family around Independence Day is to watch the musical 1776.  It is the film version of the Broadway musical comedy, and although it takes some liberties with the facts, it is a fun way to learn about the days leading up to the signing of the Declaration of Independence.  This could be a great way to introduce historic events to the kids!  Pick an event in the past, and have kids learn about it.  Then make a play or songs up about it.  Have a little performance at home for family and neighbors.

There is nothing more patriotic than a pie.  So get baking....and don't forget to bring some on over to the library for me to taste test.  Cherry, apple, and strawberry pies are great for celebrating summer and the 4th, and we just happen to have some lovely books here on baking for kids.  Check some out and get cooking!  And remember any reading you do counts towards your minutes for the Summer Reading Program - that fantastic program where you read and get free prizes.

So let the fireworks begin.  Get the grill going, and enjoy the beautiful weather this Independence Day.  Happy 4th of July!

Independence Day materials
Founding Fathers materials
A fun picture book
Baking books

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