Monday, July 4, 2016

Education : The 4th July : resources

4th of July Independence Day
credits: Jim Hunt

The Continental Congress approved the final wording of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. They'd been working on it for a couple of days after the draft was submitted on July 2nd and finally agreed on all of the edits and changes.

July 4, 1776, became the date that was included on the Declaration of Independence, and the fancy handwritten copy that was signed in August (the copy now displayed at the National Archives in Washington, D.C.) 

It’s also the date that was printed on the Dunlap Broadsides, the original printed copies of the Declaration that were circulated throughout the new nation. So when people thought of the Declaration of Independence, July 4, 1776 was the date they remembered.

Google Doodle : Happy 4th July

  • Google Doodle:

Yes, today is the Fourth of July! Google is celebrating the great day with a charming Doodle.

The Doodle celebrates America’s 240th anniversary by depicting the flag’s stars participating in classic American pastimes - baseball, grilling, surfing, marching bands, and more.

Thomas Jefferson
Painting by Rembrandt Peale, 1800

  • History of the 4 of July:

For the first 15 or 20 years after the Declaration was written, people didn’t celebrate it much on any date. It was too new and too much else was happening in the young nation. 

By the 1790s, a time of bitter partisan conflicts, the Declaration had become controversial. One party, the Democratic-Republicans, admired Jefferson and the Declaration. But the other party, the Federalists, thought the Declaration was too French and too anti-British, which went against their current policies.

The 4th July
Credit: Wiki Commons
via Wikipedia 

By 1817, John Adams complained in a letter that America seemed uninterested in its past. But that would soon change.

Variously known as the Fourth of July and Independence Day, July 4th has been a federal holiday in the United States since 1941, but the tradition of Independence Day celebrations goes back to the 18th century and the American Revolution (1775-83).

Resources: videos

  • History of the Fourth of July:
Discover how and when Americans celebrated Independence Day in the past. Although Benjamin Franklin thought we'd celebrate the 2nd of July; the 4th of July is closest to our hearts. Video here

Benjamin Franklin, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, 
the declaration of independence
History channel

  • Bet You Didn't Know: Independence Day:
Did you know New York City has the biggest fireworks display in the United States and that three U.S. presidents died on July 4? Video here

credits: Hulton Archive/Getty Images/ 1800s

Other resources: Infographics

The 4th of July by the Numbers:

infographics: the 4th of July by the Numbers
credits: History

For more information, visit This Day in History.

Myths and facts: visit Columbian College of Arts & Science History

The 4th of July
credits: Mick Licht


Celebrate America’s 240th anniversary by exploring all the resources that you can select and include into your lessons to talk about this country that was discovered by maritime explorer Christopher Columbus.

Curricula: Cross-curricular History, Geography, Languages, Astronomy, Science, Music, Sports.

Level: All levels

4th of July
credits: Getty Images/ iStockphoto
via US Today

Teachers will adapt the resources and their lesson plan to the level/age of students they are teaching.

This year American people doesn't be doing any of those things. It's hard, but "we are used to it, even if getting used to the new world is sad in and of itself. But we also are more experienced at finding the good parts of a celebration in quarantine."

This message from Los Angeles Mayor: "Cancel your plans. Avoid gatherings. Don't share food and drink." And above all, "Celebrate responsibly!" 

LA 4th of July Covid 2020 City of Los Angeles

via Forbes

It's a different kind of joy than hugging friends and family or seeing colors explode in the sky right above us, but American families will take any reason to be happy right now. Even they will watch fireworks on TV.

So, keep safe! Be informed. Know your risk. Celebrate responsibly!



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