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.
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