Independence Day | JOY for Today
In this country, we take freedom seriously. It's synonymous with the United States of America. But what is freedom? Freedom, exercised properly, brings great joy. This Independence Day, we ask you to consider that freedom comes with responsibility. Our forefathers labored to create a land free from oppression and tyranny. Are you choosing to live a life in service to freedom for others or are you chained to selfishness?
|"Fireworks and American Flag on the 4th of July" courtesy of Good Free Photos.|
Independence Day Choices:
- Did You Know... Five we didn't.
- Wolfe Stew Connects Musings from the Mrs.
- Bible Verses and Quotes About freedom.
- Activity Suggestions Fireworks, crafts, and history.
Did You Know:
- We have John Adams to thank for our firework tradition? His vision of Fourth of July celebrations written in a letter to his wife states: "It ought to be commemorated, as the Day of Deliverance by solemn Acts of Devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with Pomp and Parade, with Shews, Games, Sports, Guns, Bells, Bonfires and Illuminations from one End of this Continent to the other from this Time forward, forevermore." (Founders Archives)
- Calvin Coolidge is, to date, the only president born on July 4th? Each year, his hometown of Plymouth Notch, Vermont hosts a three-day celebration of Coolidge's life. Events include: a debate tournament, a dinner, a reading of the Declaration of Independence, a birthday cake, and a wreath-laying ceremony. (Coolidge Foundation)
- Three presidents died on the 4th of July? John Adams and Thomas Jefferson died on our country's fiftieth anniversary (July 4th, 1826) and James Monroe died five years later (July 4th, 1831). (Better Homes and Gardens)
- The first person to sign the Declaration of Independence never became president? John Hancock was president of the Continental Congress but never of the United States. He was a candidate for the first presidential election but out of 138 total electoral votes received 4. Comparatively, George Washington received 69 votes and John Adams 36. (History.com)
- The Fourth of July was not official until 1870? While it was celebrated nationally every year, the War of 1812 caused a reemergence of American patriotism after facing Great Britain in battle again. The annual celebrations flared, and Congress declared the Fourth of July an official holiday in 1870. (History.com)
We'd Love to Know:
Wolfe Stew Connects
We'd Love to Know:
What is your favorite Fourth of July memory?
Bible Verses and Quotes about Freedom
- "Out of my distress I called on the Lord; the Lord answered me and set me free. The Lord is on my side; I will not fear. What can man do to me?" Psalm 118:5-6 ESV
- "I have chosen the way of truth. I have set your ordinances before me. I cling to your statues, Yahweh. Don't let me be disappointed. I run in the path of your commandments, for you have set my heart free." Psalm 119:30-32 WEB
- "Sin is no longer your master, for you no longer live under the requirements of the law. instead, you live under the freedom of God's grace. Romans 6:14 NLT
- "It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery." Galatians 5:1 NIV
- "For you have been called to live in freedom, my brothers and sisters. But don't use your freedom to satisfy your sinful nature. Instead, use your freedom to serve one another in love. For the whole law can be summed up in this one command: 'Love your neighbor as yourself.'" Galatians 5:13-14 NLT
- "Life without liberty is like a body without spirit." - Kahlil Gibran
- "America is another name for opportunity." - Ralph Waldo Emerson
- "We on this continent should never forget that men first crossed the Atlantic not to find soil for their ploughs but to secure liberty for their souls." - Robert J. McCracken
- "Where liberty dwells, there is my country." - Benjamin Franklin
- "For to be free is not merely to cast off one's chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others." - Nelson Mandela
We'd Love to Know:
Which verse or quote would you feature at your Independence Day festivities?
Independence Day Activity Suggestions
Our Nephew's Suggestion
- A Capitol Fourth from PBS hosted by Mickey Guyton streamed live from Washington D.C. and available two weeks following the broadcast.
- Macy's 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular watch fireworks live from New York on NBC or Peacock. Find out more about the show at Macy's website.
- Barbecue This year we're keeping it simple: hamburgers, hot dogs, and root beer floats (a family thing). What are you making this year?
- Kid's Blowers. Decorate a toilet paper tube in blue and stars then attach white and red streamers for a quick and easy patriotic craft. For more details visit Natural Beach Living.
- Balloon Dart Board Game. Make peg board a party game by filling balloons with prizes, blowing them up, and affixing them to a peg board. Alternatively, put a waterproof prize in water balloons, fill them with water, and throw them at a target to see what you get. For more details, visit Giggles Galore.
- Ribbon Wands. Attach ribbon on the end of a dowel rod with an eye hook and use in place of sparklers for kids to show their patriotism. Fore more details, visit Alice and Lois.
- Coordinate Grid Graphing or Pattern Finding with MathDrills.com. Choose from 12 PATRIOTIC OPTIONS. Our choices: Fireworks and Lady Liberty.
- For kids (Free School)
- For adults (Reader's Digest)
We'd Love to Know:
We’re excited to share one more day with you and wish you JOY for Today and HOPE for Tomorrow. Come back next week for...Give Something Away Day!
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