Independence Day Celebration Guide!
Welcome, friends! Here’s how we plan to celebrate the birthday of our country — read all the way to the bottom for our Independence Day gift for you!
Read the Declaration of Independence to our children. In these times, it’s more important than ever to pass on our Founders’ vision for nation under God, with guaranteed liberties. Click here to tell the world you are doing it and get a free hardcopy of the Declaration. Click here for a transcript and photo of the Declaration at the Archives.
Read at least the Preamble to the Constitution and explain the Rule of Law and Lex Rex (the idea that the Law is King, not the King is Law) to our kids. Here’s the text of the Constitution.
Listen to some great patriotic music. Click here for free, downloadable patriotic favorites from the U.S. Marine Band. Wow, they are great!
Sing the National Hymn, God of our Fathers, written in 1876 for a Fourth of July celebration.
Sing The Star Spangled Banner, our National Anthem. Last year, we had an opportunity to visit Fort McHenry. Francis Scott Key was being held captive on a British ship out in the bay during the battle. Seeing the flag still waving after the night of shelling inspired him to write the song. At the end of the film explaining the Battle at the Visitor’s Center, the screen rolls up to reveal the flag still flying “over the land of the free” as the National Anthem plays. It was amazing. Our guys enjoyed singing the Anthem in the bunker under Fort McHenry, too.
Sing some other great patriotic songs:
America the Beautiful The words for this lovely song came to English professor Katherine Bates as she stood atop Pike’s Peak after a trip across our beautiful land. They were published in a church periodical’s Fourth of July issue. “America! America! God mend thine ev’ry flaw, Confirm thy soul in self-control, Thy liberty in law.”
My Country, ‘Tis of Thee, written in less than half an hour to the tune of a patriotic German hymn, this song’s words are precious to many..”Our fathers’ God, to Thee, Author of liberty, To Thee we sing.”
God Bless America This recording is the very first time it was sung in public, as the world was on the brink of war with Hitler.
Learn our our memory verse for this week.
“If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.”
-2 Chronicles 7:14
Spend some time in prayer.
With all the worrisome things that are going on as our nation diverges from a Biblical worldview, we think the Fourth of July is a great time to pray with our families for our nation, and especially for the church, that we would repent of our sins and turn to God.
Eat some great American food!
Click here for our fantastic Universal Marinade Recipe — you can marinade chicken or fish just a few minutes before grilling! Make a lot while you have a hot grill and put some in the freezer to enjoy later. Find out more in Sanity’s in the Freezer.
Or, make my Great Aunt Mary’s Homemade Ice Cream. She’s with the Lord now, but her ice cream has always been heavenly!
Aunt Mary Rhymer’s Homemade Ice Cream
3/4 gallon fresh milk (a little less if you use fruit)
1 big can evaporated milk, or a pint to a quart of cream 🙂
2 cups sugar (or less, sweeten to taste)
1 teaspoon vanilla
pinch of salt
4 eggs (I’d use pastuerized eggs – do it yourself or buy egg beaters or somesuch – if you don’t have local fresh eggs or if you have very young children)
A couple of pints of strawberries, chopped, pureed or whole according to your taste, if desired (reduce milk by a about the same volume (and no, my family is not big on exact quantities!)
Beat eggs and sugar together, add to milk and mix well. Add flavorings. Pour into ice cream churn and turn until you can’t turn it any more. Great with sliced fresh peaches or strawberries (add toward the end). Aunt Mary was unfailingly gentle, sweet and cheerful and you will be, too, after you eat this!
Participate in our neighborhood Fourth of July parade. For ten years or more, a family on our street has sent out flyers inviting bikes, walkers, cars, fire trucks — anyone who likes — to join in a parade around the neighborhood. So much fun!
Listen to Theodore Roosevelt’s Hero Tales from American History audiobook to remind our children of the kind of men that founded this nation. We want to raise that kind of men and women – our nation needs them! Here’s a free download of our two of the stories from our dramatized version, so you can listen with your children. If you want the whole thing, downloads and CDs are available below! Find out more about our Hero Tales here.
Click here to download The Battle of Trenton, one of the stories in Hero Tales 1. In 1776, George Washington’s crossing of the Delaware and the Battle of Trenton gave the Colonists hope that they could win Independence.
Click here to download The Battle of Kings Mountain, one of the stories in Hero Tales 2. The Overmountain Men traveled over the Appalachians to join this epic battle of the Revolutionary War in 1780.
Happy Independence Day!