This year, use some of these Fourth of July FREE printables, decoration ideas, and more (and Flag Day too)! They’ll add some spark in your homeschool!
Fourth of July: Free Printables and Activities (Including Flag Day)
Independence Day, or the 4th of July, is a great way to celebrate with friends and family with a cookout, fireworks, swimming at the pool, or playing outdoor games. Bring the fun celebrations indoors with some educational printables for your youngsters! The following ideas for a unit study on Independence Day include free printables, worksheets, decorations, and more.
The ideas start with the history of the holiday, which is good for all kids to know in preparation for the holiday. You can teach your homeschooled kids basic facts about the holiday, or maybe you are just interested to know some quick facts yourself. Here are some fun facts.
Further down this post, you’ll find roundup lists for free printables, decorations, and more! Keep reading.
Here are some facts to share with your kids this Independence Day! Want to print them out? Download them below!
- Independence Day is on the 4th of July every year
- It is a holiday to mark the special occasion on July 4th, 1776, when the Declaration of Independence was approved by the Continental Congress.
- It is the historic moment that our leaders declared in a written document that they no longer wanted to be under the rule of Great Britain, and wanted to become their own country.
- The Declaration of Independence was written to explain their thoughts and beliefs.
- At the time, there existed 13 colonies: Virginia, New York, Massachusetts, Maryland, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New Hampshire, Delaware, North Carolina, South Carolina, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Georgia.
- The committee to write the Declaration of Independence was led by Thomas Jefferson and included important leaders from all 13 colonies.
- Great Britain did not accept the declaration, and the colonists still had to continue fighting for their freedom until they defeated the British in 1783.
- The first observation of the holiday came one year after the signing.
- Thirteen gunshots were fired in salute on July 4 in Bristol, Rhode Island. In Philadelphia, there was an official dinner for the Continental Congress, and the people gave toasts, 13-gun salutes, speeches, and prayers. In the city, there was music, parades, and fireworks. The people decorated with red, white, and blue bunting.
- On the 4th of July, Americans celebrate the history, government, and traditions of the United States of America.
- There are often huge celebrations in cities and towns in America, with parades, fireworks, parties, picnics, concerts, political speeches, and ceremonies.
- On July 2, 1176, John Adams, one of the committee members who would eventually become the second President, wrote to his wife: “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 shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations, from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward forevermore.”
Like the facts listed above? Print them out for your children to study! They are thoroughly researched, and perfect for talking points, concise explanations, and a complete understanding of Independence Day. They include the basics of what kids need to know. It’s the perfect complement to a unit study on the holiday.
I have been working on a printable holiday fact sheet series I have going on over at my Teachers Pay Teachers store. As I come out with new ones each month, I’m offering them FREE for a limited time. Here’s my Memorial Day homeschool copywork printable! I hope you enjoy it.
These fact sheets will serve as an easy and quick reference sheet for homeschool families to introduce the basic facts about the various U.S. Holidays. Use them for copywork or notebooking or to introduce prior knowledge about the holiday before a project or lesson. Soon, they’ll all be in one huge download for you, too! Follow my store for the announcement – yes I’ll start it out as a FREEBIE, as always.
This is a work in progress. As I create them one at a time, they will be free for a limited time. My goal is to have them published a week or two before each occasion so that homeschool families can use them as a quick briefing of the holiday coming up. If you wish, you can “follow” me on Teachers Pay Teachers so that you will not miss when I publish them.
This resource can also be used for notebooking, lapbooking, copywork, Reading comprehension, or as a basic tool for research. Eventually, after I’ve created a page for each holiday, I plan to publish them in one large download for your convenience. Watch my TPT store for that.
You can see all my printable fact sheets for holidays and seasonal events at the TPT store. My prices are very reasonable and “frugal,” I think. Most of my printables are introduced as freebies!
Flag Day Printables, Too!
Flag Day is June 14th! If you’re doing a unit study on the subject, these resources work for that too!
Free Printables for Independence Day and Flag Day
- Red Ted Art – cootie catcher printable
- Classroom Jr. – Flag Day Worksheets
- Activity Mom – Skip Counting Puzzle
- Independence Day Fact Sheets
- Flag Day Cake
- A Little Pinch of Perfect – Star Spangled Math
- Flag Day Wordsearch
- Mosaic American Flag
- PK 1 Homeschool Fun – Handprint Flag
- Tracer Pages
- Printables.se – American flag gift tags
- Simple Flag Craft
Did you know you can see all these ideas plus MORE, NEW IDEAS on my holidays and seasons Pinterest Boards?
Decorate with 4th of July Dollar Store Items
July 4th celebrations are right around the corner. It’s a chance for families to get together and celebrate. This means big parties, big cookouts, and tons of decorating! These celebrations usually come with a big bill! From the food to the decorations, it can get a bit expensive! You should consider these 5 things to buy from your local Dollar Store this 4th of July! Save money by buying these Independence Day items there instead of other places.
- Flags: You can buy many different sizes and shapes of flags at the dollar store. You can get regular flags, small flags, flag banners, and even flag buntings. All for just a buck each! This will help make decorating for your event easy and budget-friendly!
- Food serving items: This is the perfect area for your home decor to really go all out. You can get some really fun flag-theme paper plates, flag napkins, and even flag-theme tablecloths. Simply add some red, white, or blue fork and spoon sets and you are good to go!
- Dress-up items: Who doesn’t like to dress up for the 4th of July! The dollar store amazingly has everything you need! You can buy flashing necklaces, flag-theme glitter hats, fairy wings for the kids, fun headbands, flower leis, neckties, flag flip flops, flag sunglasses, and more! All for only a dollar each!
- Floral arrangements: Did you know that the dollar store has some beautiful flowers for sale too? You can get some gorgeous red, white, and blue floral arrangements for just a buck each. There are many uses for these! You can also get really creative and make wreaths, headbands, and even some beautiful centerpieces with them!
- Finishing touches: To finish up your party decor you can add some pretty red, white, and blue star LED string lighting. Tie on some big beautiful flag chair bows to each guest chair to add some pop to your theme. Pick up some red, white, and blue flag-theme pinwheels and add it to your front yard to show your patriotism and to help direct people to your get together. Be sure that you also pick up some 4th of July theme balloons for the kids as well!
If you are hosting a fun 4th of July party you will definitely want to check out your local dollar store first! Decorating for your big event does not have to break the bank. It’s your one-stop spot for all of your 4th of July party needs!