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Celebrating the Fourth

by Damon Huss

trumbull-large1In John Trumbull’s famous painting “Declaration of Independence,” all of the delegates are pictured as present at the signing. The Committee of Five are also pictured presenting the document to be signed on July 4, 1776. What is the reality?

You can find the answer here at Celebrate America, CRF’s web site dedicated to celebrating America’s civic holidays. Currently up is the Fourth of July. On the site, you’ll find a variety of ways to celebrate:

  • Around the Table is a feature that shows foods, festive table displays, and a reading in which participants take turns narrating the story and meaning of the holiday.
  • Holiday Heroes presents short biographical essays, timelines, and quotes from important figures of the time, including Abigail Adams, Crispus Attucks, George Washington, and more.
  • Kids Corner (Ages 5-8) provides reproducible coloring pages and a slide show of the American Revolution.
  • Trivia, Fun, and Games gives you jokes, crossword puzzles, word scrambles, and a slide show of colonial-era games.
  • The Story (“The First Fourth of July”) is presented in a longer version (high school level) and a shorter version (middle school level).

Many activities are suitable for both home and classroom.

Click on the image below to access the instructional video “Fun Food for the Fourth,” which demonstrates how to make cookies and a berries-and-cream platter in red, white, and blue (what else?).

Fun Foods