Why We Celebrate The 4th of July

Have you ever wondered why we celebrate the 4th of July?

Last night my 7 year old granddaughter asked me that question. I tried to keep my answer simple, and so I talked about it being the birthday of our country. I mentioned the Declaration of Independence and how many soldiers fought and died for our freedom. I explained that even today our soldiers go all over the world to protect us and how this is a day to remember how much we love our country.

It wasn’t much of a history lesson, but there is only so much you can do when you are driving a car and a child in the back seat asks a question that could literally take days to answer.

Just in case your child or grandchild asks you the same question….

There are some wonderful web sites with information. One of my favorites appeared on Today Parenting and it’s called, “Forget fireworks: Teach kids the meaning of July 4th.”

Basically it suggests videos, books and field trips that are age appropriate for children.

Firework Safety

I also talked to my granddaughter about firework safety and I know you will want to mention it to your children and grandchildren as well.  I have a friend who nearly lost an eye (he did lose his vision in that eye0 when one blew up in his face.  Chances are good you know someone who was hurt by fireworks too. Children need to know that fireworks can be dangerous if not handled properly.

Happy 4th to my friends and family. Here’s a quote by someone famous to help you celebrate!

“I like to see a man proud of the place in which he lives.  I like to see a man live so that his place will be proud of him.” ~Abraham Lincoln


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  1. Hi, Teresa! I saw this on Google+. I am already a fan on FB, but so glad to find your link-up here!

    I loved your post, and the Abe Lincoln quote is especially inspiring!

    Have a beautiful 4th!

    Love, Joy

  2. I think that was a perfect answer you gave your granddaughter 🙂
    Have a safe and happy 4th, and thanks for hosting!

  3. Happy July 4 to everyone! Stay safe and enjoy! 🙂

  4. Happy Independence Day to you and your family Teresa! It is wonderful that your 7 year old granddaughter wanted to know why you all celebrate July 4. You gave a great answer.

  5. Happy 4th to you! Come join us at our special Friendship Friday this week! 🙂

  6. What a great photo and good information to have. Thank you for partying with us, have a wonderful weekend 🙂

  7. teresak 6 Jul, 2013

    Thank you for hosting and for stopping by NanaHood!

  8. teresak 6 Jul, 2013

    Thanks for hosting and for the comment. I came over to your place and linked up!

  9. teresak 6 Jul, 2013

    Thanks, Judy. Always good to hear from you!

  10. teresak 6 Jul, 2013

    I hope you had a great 4th too!

  11. teresak 6 Jul, 2013

    Thanks Paula and thanks for stopping by!

  12. teresak 6 Jul, 2013

    Thank you, Joy. I really appreciate your comment and the fact that you gave me a shout out on Google!