The Fourth of July is also called Independence Day. It is a federal holiday. Schools, banks, post offices, and government offices are closed on the Fourth of July. The Fourth of July is our most important national holiday because it celebrates the Declaration of Independence. The Declaration of Independence announced America’s independence from Britain. It was adopted by the Continental Congress on July 4, 1776, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Thomas Jefferson was the main writer of the Declaration of Independence. (3 pages)
|When is Independence Day?|
It is on July 4th.It is also called the Fourth of July.
|Why is it an important day?|
It is an important day because it is the day the American colonies declared their independence from Britain.
|Who wrote the Declaration of Independence?|
It was written by a committee headed by Thomas Jefferson.Thomas Jefferson became the third president of the United States.
|Are there parades on the Fourth of July?|
Yes, there are.Many cities have parades.
|What foods are popular on the Fourth of July?|
Hot dogs and hamburgers are popular foods.Many people barbecue hot dogs and hamburgers in their backyards.
|What are these men doing?|
They are having a watermelon eating contest.Watermelon is popular on the Fourth of July.
|What is this?|
It is a fireworks stand.People buy fireworks for the Fourth of July.In some cities it is illegal to use fireworks.
|What are the children in this picture doing?|
They are watching fireworks.Be careful with fireworks.