Read, white and blue for Forth of July—July 1, 2011
America is widely known as the greatest country in the world. Earning that status was no small task. While Loyalists within the colonies wanted to retain America’s allegiance to the King, the patriots were determined to sever ties with England and form a new kind of government. After several years of the American Revolution, the King relented and the colonies became independent states. The signing of The Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776 stated what the new America stood for and rejected any further claims from Britain. John Adams, the second President, predicted that future generations would celebrate “Independence Day” with fireworks, picnics and other activities which give the holiday the honor it deserves.
So each July, the stars in the night skies are replaced with explosions of color and giggles can be heard from adults and children alike as they wait for the results of lit fuses on crackling firecrackers and Roman Candles. HPL has several books to help plan the perfect celebration, including Celebrate the Red, White and Blue: 101 Patriotic Crafts, Food and Decorating Ideas published by Better Homes and Gardens. The Declaration of Independence by David and Patricia Armentrout provides more information about the document’s contents.
I Am Patriotic by Sarah Schutte will help younger readers understand what it means to be an American. Chicken Soup For the Veteran’s Soul: Stories to stir the Pride and Honor the Courage of Our Veterans Compiled by Jack Caanfield and Mark Victor Hansen includes some very emotional first person tales of love and loyalty.
America’s Heroes: Inspiring Stories of Courage, Sacrifice and Patriotism by Peter L. Bannon and Capture the Flag: A Political History of American Patriotism by Woden Teachout.
CDs titled American Patriot and Patriotic Country by Lee Greenwood and American Spirit by Mannheim Steamroller will cause the listener to swell with pride in our country. DVDs called America, the Story of Us and So You Want To Be President and More Stories to Celebrate American History are available also. As Lee Greenwood sings, “And I'm proud to be an American, where at least I know I'm free. And I won't forget the men who died, who gave that right to me.” Happy Birthday, America!