Independence Day is observed in the United States on the Fourth of July. On July 4, 1776 the Continental Congress adopted the Declaration of Independence which states that all people are created equal and have the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. It is important to help your children understand the reason we celebrate our country’s special day and find out what freedom means to a Christian.

The Fourth of July is a great summer event for the family. Picnics, bar-b-ques, watermelon eating contests, roasting hot dogs and s’mores are some of the favorite activities. During the festivities, remember to give God thanks for the freedoms we enjoy. We must teach our children about their responsibilities of Christian citizenship and challenge them in their civic responsibilities. Independence Day is also a time to commemorate the military personnel who have given their lives and who are presently defending our freedom.

The following suggestions are ways to commemorate the holiday:

  • Talk about the blessings we have in America.

  • Make an American flag craft (Google American flag for kids).

  • Decorate sidewalks and driveways with sidewalk chalk in red, white and blue.

  • Write thank you notes to people serving in the military (go to  for instructions).