Patriotic Costumes

Show your patriotic spirit with one of these fun 4th of July costumes. 4th of July Cheerleader Costumes Patriotic Cheerleader Blue Velvet Child Small (6-8) Support the home team! Patriotic Cheerleader Blue Velvet Child Large (10-12) Support the home team! Peace Hat USA Peace Hand Hat What do you get when you cross the sign of peace with the American Flag? Statue of Liberty Costumes Statue Of Liberty The grand old lady herself! Statue of Liberty Torch (Latex) The finishing touch for your Liberty costume. Uncle Sam Costumes Uncle Sam Costume Adult “WE WANT YOU!” Hat Uncle Sam, Felt A great 4th of July hat! Uncle Sam Mask You can’t go wrong with Uncle Sam! Uncle Sam Hats Adult Great for plays or patriotic costumes! Uncle Sam Foam Hat A great hat for your Halloween costume or for 4th! Cite this… (new...

Making Sense of The 4th of July (part 2)

But just which principles did he mean? Those in the Declaration’s second paragraph, which he understood exactly as they had been understood in 1776-as an assertion primarily of the right of revolution. Jefferson composed the long sentence beginning “We hold these truths to be self-evident” in a well-known eighteenth-century rhetorical style by which one phrase was piled on another and the meaning of the whole became clear only at the end. The sequence ended with an assertion of the “Right of the People to alter or to abolish” any government that failed to secure their inalienable rights and to institute a new form of government more likely “to effect their Safety and Happiness.” That was the right Americans were exercising in July 1776, and it seemed no less relevant in the 1820s, when revolutionary movements were sweeping through Europe and Latin America. The American example would be, as Jefferson said in the last letter of his life, a “signal arousing men to burst the chains under which monkish ignorance and superstition had persuaded them to bind themselves, and to assume the blessings and security of self-government.” Others, however, emphasized the opening phrases of the sentence that began the Declaration’s second paragraph, particularly “the memorable assertion, that `all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, and that to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.”‘ That passage, the eulogist John Sergeant said at Philadelphia in July 1826, was the “text of the revolution,” the “ruling vital principle” that had...

Fourth of July – A New Declaration of Independence – A Political Column

Tom Purcell takes a look at the state of independence in the United States in 2008 in this political column: In the course of human events it is necessary, now and again, to dissolve our political bands with the ninnies who keep abandoning our founding principles. It used to be self-evident that our government’s role was primarily to protect certain unalienable rights, such as life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. It used to be that our government did the bidding of the people — that any power it derived was solely through the consent of the governed. It used to be our country believed in limited government — that government at its best was a necessary evil and should be aggressively restrained. But too many of the birds running things these days don’t see it that way. © Jeff Parker, Florida Today 2008 In 2008, the federal budget is more than $3 trillion — up from $1.7 trillion only a decade ago. Republicans, who once preached fiscal restraint — they even tried it for a few years — ended up growing government more than Democrats ever dreamed. Things are getting worse in a hurry. Take on a gimmicky mortgage bigger than you could afford? Not to worry. Our esteemed Congress is pushing through a $300 billion bill to bail you out with taxpayer dough. Struggling at the pump now that energy prices are at record highs? Not to worry. Some of our politicians promise to tax energy companies...

Patriotic Costume Shop

Patriotic Cheerleader Blue Velvet Child Support the home team! General Adult Costume A great costume for George Washington or Napoleon. George Washington Child A fantastic costume! Great for costume parties and plays! Soldier Child Costume Includes: camouflage jumpsuit with ball cap. Face paint not included. Army Soldier Teen Costume You’ll be all you can be in this great military costume, which includes an Army fatigue-inspired jacket, pants and hat. Weapon and shoes not included. Colonial Woman Large Be the perfectly coiffed colonial lady in our great costume! Colonial Man Large Look like a perfectly polished Colonial gentleman. Colonial Soldier Deluxe Child Colonial Soldier Deluxe Costume includes coat with attached vest, pants, belt and hat. Available in Toddler size 4T and child sizes Small, Medium, Large, and X-Large. Shoes not included. Cite this… (new...
4th of July Cookout Facts

4th of July Cookout Facts

As with many holidays, the 4th of July celebration includes food, drink and the realization of how fortunate we are as a nation. As of 1999, 66 million Americans said they had taken part in a barbeque during the previous year and 32 million in a picnic. It’s probably safe to assume a good number of these events took place on the Fourth. Though we do not have a fixed menu for the celebration of the Fourth, you can almost count on traditional favorites, such as hamburgers and hot dogs, chicken, ribs, garden salads, potato salad, chips and watermelon. Following is a summary of where these foods are produced: * The beef on your backyard grill could have come from Texas. It was the leading state in the production of cattle and calves, accounting for 7.5 billion lbs. of the nation’s total production of 42.8 billion lbs. in 2000. * Your hot dogs and ribs may have originated in Iowa. The Hawkeye State had a total inventory of 14.9 million hogs and pigs as of March 1, 2002 — about one-fourth of the nation’s total. * The chicken on your barbecue grill may have come from one of the top six broiler-producing states: Georgia, Arkansas, Alabama, North Carolina, Mississippi and Texas. The value of production in each of these states exceeded $1 billion in 2001. These states combined for well over half of the nation’s broiler production. * The lettuce in your salad or on your hamburger probably was grown in California, which accounted for nearly three-quarters of the value of this product in 2001. * The fresh tomatoes...
Folding the American Flag

Folding the American Flag

Folding the American Flag You may know that the American flag is folded 13 times when it is lowered or when it is passed on to the next of kin at the burial of a Veteran, but you might not know why. Here is a breakdown of what each fold represents . . .     The first fold of our flag is the symbol of life. The second fold is a symbol of our belief in the eternal life. The third fold is made in honor and remembrance of the veteran(s) departing our ranks, who gave a portion of life for the defense of our country and to attain peace throughout the world. The fourth fold represents our weaker nature; for, as American citizens trusting in God, it is in him we turn to in times of peace as well as in times of war for his divine guidance. The fifth fold is a tribute to our country, for in the words of Stephen Decatur, “Our country, in dealing with other countries, may she always be right; but it still is our country, right or wrong.” The sixth fold reminds us of the six battle-weary fighters who vigilantly struggled to the top of Mount Suribache on Iwo Jima during World War II. Once there, they proudly raised above the battle our flag, the symbol “that we all hold dear,” the symbol of “freedom, democracy, government of the people, by the people, and for the people.” It is our duty to defend the flag which stands for them all. The seventh fold is for where our hearts lie. It...

Making Sense of The 4th of July (part 1)

Copyright ; 1997 American Heritage, Inc. All rights reserved.“Reprinted from AMERICAN HERITAGE, August 7, 1997.) John Adams thought Americans would commemorate their Independence Day on the second of July. Future generations, he confidently predicted, would remember July 2, 1776, as “the most memorable Epocha, in the History of America” and celebrate it as their “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 forever more.” His proposal, however odd it seems today, was perfectly reasonable when he made it in a letter to his wife, Abigail. On the previous day, July 2, 1776, the Second Continental Congress had finally resolved “That these United Colonies are, and of right ought to be, free and independent States, that they are absolved from all allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain is, and ought to be, totally dissolved.” The thought that Americans might instead commemorate July 4, the day Congress adopted a “declaration on Independency” that he had helped prepare, did not apparently occur to Adams in 1776. The Declaration of Independence was one of those congressional statements that he later described as “dress and ornament rather than Body, Soul, or Substance,” a way of announcing to the world the fact of American independence, which was for Adams the thing worth celebrating. In fact, holding our great national festival on the...

Ellis Island: Supplemental for 4th of July Lesson

Ellis Island Ellis Island History Ellis Island As people left the familiarity of the ‘Old World’ and embarked upon their journey to the New, they gave up every known comfort.  Passengers traveled sometimes up to two months before reaching Ellis Island, the entrance to America.  Conditions were grave and many people didn’t survive the trip due to starvation and disease.  If they did, they were subjected to a very long inspection process.  Armed with tags pinned to their clothes, men, woman and children went through five hours of testing to prove themselves a capable human being.  Aside from intelligence tests there were doctor’s present looking for any of 60 symptoms that might force them to turn someone down.  In all, 2% of immigrants were denied entry into the country.  During its peak years, 1892-1924, Ellis Island admitted about 5,000 people a day.  Over 60 million people were recorded entering the states from the 19th to the early 20th century.  Ellis Island closed its doors in 1954.  The familiar red brick buildings and four huge towers standing 140 feet high would suffer the effects of nature alone for several years.  Ellis Island eventually became part of the Statue of Liberty National Monument in 1965 and was properly restored.  It reopened its doors in September 1990, not to immigrants but to their descendents for historical remembrance. Today, the main building is now the Ellis Island Immigration Museum, which commemorates the stories of the immigrants and preserves the image of the American Dream for generations to come. Source:     ARAMARK Sports...

4th of July Classroom Activities

Classroom Activities for the 4th of July   This group of  classroom activities has been gathered from the web for the use of parents and  teachers.  Each site has tons of  projects, lesson plans, and notes designed to help incorporate the 4th of July celebration into the curriculum.   Have fun!   Classroom Ideas   Child Fun for the Fourth There are many ideas on this page including art projects, songs, cooking activities, and lesson plans.  Also check the list of off-site links for more ideas. Source:     Child Fun, Inc.   Independence Day Teacher Notes This is a group activity for elementary school kids, which encourages them to learn about symbols and American History.  There is a vocabulary list, plenty of activities for several groups, and teaching tools. Source:     Joe Williamson, Colusa Community School   Teacher Vision You’ll find all sorts of fun ideas here to enhance your curriculum for the 4th of July celebration.  There are printables, references, and activities in several subjects including music and art. Source:     The Learning Network, Inc. Mr. Donn’s U.S. History There are too many lesson plans and activities on this page to count.  Explore geography, the states, tall and folk tales, the depression, the Civil Rights Movement, and more.  Find out what it means to be an American. Source:     Donn & Lee Lesson Plans, Activities & Resources      American Lessons Explore the concepts behind the Empire State Building or the Freedom Fighters and the United States Military.  Review the impact of Presidential decisions throughout history and more with this set of lesson plans geared towards grades 6-8 and 9-12 separately. Source:     The New York Times on the Web & The Learning Network   Education World This particular group...

4th of July Quiz

Fourth of July Quiz Fourth of July Quiz Choose the best possible answer from the choices given and have fun!   1. What day has been designated the &nbsp anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence? January 11th, 1717May 27th, 1775July 4th, 1776     2. Where did immigrants first set foot in the ‘New World’ to gain entry? Ellis IslandJamestownPlymouth     3. The Declaration of Independence stated and established rights for individuals to life, liberty, and what? The right to bear armsNo taxesThe pursuit of happiness     4. What document was the legal framework of the United States? The Bill of RightsThe AmendmentsThe Constitution     5. What do the colors red, white, and blue stand for? There is no definite answer.Blood, sweat, and tears.Honor, liberty, and posterity.     6. Who do historians believe sewed the first official American flag? Betsy RossMandy CroweDorothy Travis     7. Who wrote the words of the ‘Star Spangled Banner’? George WashingtonFrancis Scott KeyWalt Whitman     8. What’s the official anniversary date of Flag Day? July 12thJune 14thApril 17st     9. In what year did Congress finally recognize the Pledge of Allegiance? 193319641942   10. Flying a flag upside down is a symbol of what? Distress and harm befalling you and/or your possessionsWarA death in the family   When you are done, click on finished. For every right answer you get a check mark. Created with ArgoSphere’s Test Maker – www.argosphere.net Cite this… (new...

4th of July Fabulous Flag Treats

This year, why don’t you fix a special treat for your 4th of July picnic that will catch everyone’s eye, as well as their taste buds? You can do just that with these adorable flag treats for the holiday. 4th of July Fabulous Flag Treat What you’ll need: Crispy rice treats Airheads® Cherry bars Airheads® White Mystery bars Airheads® Blue Raspberry bars Small kitchen knife or scissors Small star-shaped cookie cutter (optional) Directions Cut crispy rice treats into rectangles Cut part of an Airheads® Blue Raspberry bar to make the upper blue corner of the flag. Cut alternating strips of Airheads® Cherry and White Mystery to make the flag’s stripes. Arrange pieces on crispy rice treat. Trim to fit. Using either a star-shaped cookie cutter, or by hand, cut out a star shape from an Airheads® White Mystery bar. Place star on the blue square. Pack into kids lunchboxes or keep them for a great snack at home. Tip: If Airheads® are hard to cut, take them out of their wrappers and place them on a microwave-safe plate. Warm them slightly in the microwave on Low for 10 seconds. Cite this… (new...
The American Flag

The American Flag

The American Flag   Where exactly did our national flag come from?  Believe it or not, no one knows!  Historians ventured a guess and thought perhaps a man named Francis Hopkinson designed it.  It was also believed that a seamstress from Philadelphia named Betsy Ross hand-sewed the first official flag.  It is certain that a man named Francis Scott Key wrote the words to the ‘Star Spangled Banner’, a song about the flag.  It wasn’t until June 24th, 1912 that an Executive Order was given recognizing the flag as our national symbol. There were many variations of the flag flown as the country was formed, but finally on June 14th, 1777 (Flag Day or the Flag’ s Birthday), the final design was established.  The American Flag began with 13 stripes of alternating red and white, and 13 white stars in a blue field.  This represented the ‘New Constellation’ that was the 13 colonies.  It wasn’t until August 21st, 1959 that President Dwight D. Eisenhower provided for the arrangement of the stars in nine rows staggered horizontally and 11 rows staggered vertically as we see the flag today.   Flag Day originated when a schoolteacher arranged for his pupils to celebrate the ‘Flag’s Birthday’ on the anniversary of the ‘Stars and Stripes,’ on June 14th.  In 1894 the governor of New York directed that on this day the Flag be displayed on all public buildings.  Finally in 1942, Congress officially recognized the Pledge of Allegiance, although one year later the Supreme Court would rule that school kids could not be forced to recite it. What do you need to know...

Happy Birthday USA

4th of July Poem Happy Birthday U.S.A. By Sarah Lane   The fourth of July is a special day to remember those lives that were taken away.   Our Founding Father’s fought so hard, for freedom to be our country’s heart.   Every one of the 13 colonies, agreed upon the idea of equality.   No matter how hard the times did seem, they refused to give up on the American Dream.   1776 marks the start of Democracy, for the home of the brave and land of the free.   After Declaring our Independence, life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, combining with the Constitution, the United States became an institution.   American flags in red, white and blue, announced the fact all men were equal.   Stars and stripes now in the wind flail, so we can recognize what America entails. Buy Posters at AllPosters.com Cite this… (new...