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4th of July
The 4th of July
In honor of our country’s 228th birthday, ClassBrain, Inc. has assembled a group of patriotic learning materials. We have special articles explaining the significance of The History of the 4th of July, Ellis Island, The Declaration of Independence, and The American Flag. We also have supplemental materials including classroom activities, and Learning Links. Take our 4th of July Quiz to see how much you really know about the country you call home.
Even though Independence Day wasn’t celebrated in America until after the War of 1812, it remains the single most important holiday in American history. On July 4th, 1776, the United States claimed their Independence from England. Foreign laws and powers would govern America no longer! The countries first great leaders established their own Democracy, a government by the people for the people. The concept of social equality and individual rights was in place. Once this happened, it didn’t take long for the rest of the world to take notice and soon stories of the ‘American Dream’ were spread across foreign lands.
It was said that America held true promise for those intent on creating their own destiny and carving a place for their fortunes. Upon entering American waters, travelers on oversized ships would lay eyes on the Statue of Liberty… a long time symbol of freedom and gift from the country of France. They would then take the ferry to Ellis Island where they would begin the long, grueling process of gaining entry into the states. From photographs of this time period we can see many diverse cultures, each vying for a new life.
The document that gave immigrants these rights after gaining access to the Unites States was the Declaration of Independence. This Government declaration was established to insure and secure rights of individuals to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. It also gave American citizens the right to alter or abolish their government and replace it, were it to become destructive, with one that insures their safety and happiness. What this document was to the rights of the American people, so was the Constitution to the legal framework of the United States. Established on September 17th, 1787, the Constitution established justice, insured domestic tranquility, provided for the common defense, promoted general welfare, and secured the Blessings of Liberty to everyone and their posterity. These two documents together were the foundation of our nation.
It’s important to learn the history of your country. We must not forget the hardships those who came before us experienced in order to gain the freedoms we sometimes take for granted. So raise a flag, have a picnic, gather with friends and family, and when you hear the sound of fireworks as they light up the 4th of July night sky… remember your happiness today is because of the men and women who were willing to give their lives in order for you to be free.
Source: National Archives and Records Administration
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