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4 Ways to Teach Your Child About the 4th of July

The 4th of July is nearing! Flags are decorated, cookouts are planned, water balloon fights and watermelon eating contests are on - but what about the history of this holiday? 

Happy 4th of July from Port Discovery

Take time to teach your little one about the history of this important holiday with our ideas below! 

  1. Talk About the Meaning of the 4th of July 

The 4th of July is a federal holiday that celebrates the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. Talking with your kiddo about why we celebrate freedom, and how we can show patriotism for our country is a simple way to start! 

  1. Visit Local Historical Sites like Fort McHenry

Fort McHenry National Monument & Historic Shrine located in Baltimore, MD is a great spot to learn about the history of our freedom!

Francis Scott Key wrote the Star-Spangled Banner as he witnessed Fort McHenry being bombarded and attacked by the British during the War of 1812. In 1931, Star-Spangled Banner became the National Anthem. 

You can visit the fort yourself at 2400 East Fort Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21230. 

  1. Discuss the Meaning of the American Flag 

  • What do the stars on the flag represent? 

  • Why are there 13 stripes in total on the flag? 

  • Why is the flag red, white, and blue? 

These are just some questions you can ask your kiddo about the American Flag - and help educate them! Plus, you talk to them about how important it is to respect and care for an American Flag. 

  1. Add Festive 4th of July-themed Books To Your At-Home Library!

Adding festive books into your at-home library is a great way to not only help your little one understand important holidays as they come up year-round, but also helps enhance their early literacy skills the more you read together! 

Check out our list of 4th of July books perfect for kiddos: 

  • The Night Before the Fourth of July by Natasha Wing 

  • The Story of America’s Birthday by Patricia A. Pingry 

  • Hello, Fourth of July! by Martha Day Zschock 

  • Red, White & Boom! by Lee Wardlaw 

  • F is for Flag by Wendy Cheyette Lewison

  • John, Paul, George & Ben by Lane Smith 

We hope these tips inspire you to talk to your kiddo about the importance of the 4th of July, and that you and your family have a great time celebrating!

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