What is the Fourth of July?

As children in Australia are exposed to many avenues of television, Netflix, Stan and the rest – there is a great deal of exposure to “Americanisms”, accents and special events! Gone are the days of “Sesame Street” being the only exposure of years gone by!

So should we celebrate what we are seeing on the shows as to what days are important in the US? The choice is always going to be an individual one in centres – but like any culture shouldn’t we be inclusive and acknowledge these heritages and traditions? I know I wouldn’t mind a Thanksgiving dinner one day!

As the preschools, Pre K’s and kindergartens of the USA get ready for the Fourth of July celebrations next month – let’s look at what it stands for –

According to Wikipedia:

Independence Day or the Fourth of July as it is commonly known is a federal holiday in the United States commemorating the Declaration of Independence of the United States on July 4, 1776. The Continental Congress declared that the thirteen American colonies were no longer subject (and subordinate) to the monarch of Britain and were now united, free, and independent states. 

Independence Day is commonly associated with fireworks, parades, barbecues, carnivals, fairs, picnics, concerts, baseball games, family reunions, and political speeches and ceremonies, in addition to various other public and private events celebrating the history, government, and traditions of the United States. Independence Day is the National Day of the United States.

So like Australia has Australia Day on 26th January, America has the like of July 4th.

Ways that this day can be acknowledged in centres could be to:

  • Making Red, White and Blue flags
  • Patriotic wands
  • Star-spangled slime
  • Coloured pasta to a thread for necklaces
  • Red, White and Blue Wreaths
  • Cooking traditional foods
  • Patriotic sensory bins