Learning about Independence Day (free 4th of July Activity Packet!)

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Keep the kids learning and having fun this July with our 4th of July activity packet for kids! July in the United States means three things will happen: high temps, lots of sunshine, and 4th of July celebrations!

For many families, the month of July also brings about moans of “I’m bored” and kids more time inside than the rest of the year. If this is your family, you’re not alone!

One of our favorite perks of homeschooling is that we’re able to completely customize our learning days. If it’s too hot outside, we can stay inside. If we’re not feeling 100%, we can always include a homeschool sick day activity or two into our day. If we’re taking a little bit of a break for the summer, we can always include some quick, fun activities into our day to encourage learning – like my 4th of July Activity Packet!

Keep reading, I’ll tell ya all about it!

Why Learn about the 4th of July?

Do your kids know that the 4th of July is more than “just” parades, fireworks, and a backyard bbq? They should! Learning about the history of the 4th of July is important, especially living in the USA, because it helps kids to understand it’s impact on the country: where we came from, values, and more!

Learning about the 4th of July should be included in your homeschool studies for a number of reasons such as:

  • Understanding America History: The 4th of July commemorates the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, marking the birth of the United States as an independent nation. Learning about this historic event helps kids to understand the historical context & significance of America’s founding.
  • Appreciating Freedom & Democracy: The Declaration of Independence is a pivotal document that outlines the principles of freedom, equality, and democracy. Teaching kids about this can help them to appreciate such values and understand their importance in American society (and their lives!).
picnic food on a table with a red and white checkered table cloth and a banner of american flags overhead
  • Having Civic Awareness: Knowledge of national holidays can help to foster civic awareness and pride. They can help kids to understand their role as citizens and the significance of participating in democratic processes.
  • Cultural Awareness: The 4th of July is part of our the American cultural heritage! Learning about the traditions surrounding this holiday, such as fireworks, parades, and patriotic songs can help kids to have a deeper understanding (and appreciation) for all that’s shaped the American society.
  • Critical Thinking: Learning about the events that formed the United States can encourage critical thinking about liberty, justice, and the struggle (and need) for independence.
  • Recognition of Sacrifices: Learning about, and understanding, the history of and meaning behind the 4th of July holiday involves recognizing the sacrifices made by those who fought for independence and the continued efforts to preserve freedom.
family in a back yard enjoying the 4th of july festivities

4th of July Learning Activities

When I was a teacher, I was all about making learning meaningful, memorable, and fun. Now that I’m homeschooling my own kids, you can bet that I’ll be following the same learning goals!

Take a look around Pinterest or any search engine, and you’ll find that there are tons of ways the kids can learn about the 4th of July! To help you avoid going down that rabbit hole (we all know it’s bound to happen!), here are some impactful (and often fun!) ways the kids can learn about the 4th of July:

  • Watch Hamilton: of course, this will only be appropriate for kids of certain ages, but 3/4 of my family agree that watching Hamilton is an amazing way to learn about the American Revolution while watching an exciting musical. The other 1/4 of my family doesn’t like musicals. #theirloss
  • Play some Online Games: Primary Games, Games4ESL, and BrainPop all have (free) online games to help the kids learn about the 4th of July!
  • Make some Art Projects: This cute 4th of July Handprint Art template could open up a discussion about fireworks, how they’re made, and why they’re a part of the 4th of July celebration. Kids with developed fine motor skills might like making 4th of July necklaces (this would also be a great way to teach the kids about the meaning of the stars & stripes on the American flag)
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Learning with 4th of July Printables

And, quite possibly one of my favorite ways for the kids to lean about the 4th of July? Well, I may be slightly biased, but I think my 4th of July Activity Packet is pretty awesome. I’ll tell you all about it!

As with so many of my free printables, my 4th of July Activity Packet encourages learning before, during, and after the big day! It can even be a great activity for the kids to work on while waiting for fireworks to start or even while watching your local parade flow down your neighborhood.

back view of people watching 4th of july fireworks

Our 4th of July Activity Pack was designed with upper-elementary age kids in mind. Of course, you know your kids best, so it technically could be used for a variety of ages! This set of free 4th of July printables includes:

  • TWENTY 4th of July-themed vocabulary words: Have the kids define the words BEFORE your the big day visit so they’re already familiar with things they may see and experience
  • A 4th of July word search: The kids can complete this BEFORE or AFTER the 4th of July – your choice! It includes words from the vocabulary word list. I have also included the answer key!
  • A 4th of July scavenger hunt: Print out and put on a clip board so the kids can check off items on their scavenger hunt while out and about.
  • FIVE 4th of July writing prompts: With one of each option: Descriptive Writing, Persuasive Writing, Narrative Writing, Informational Writing, and Reflective Writing, you could have the kids complete these AFTER the 4th of July.

To get the 4th of July printables, just fill out the form below. After you confirm your email address (no bots allowed!), you’ll get an email containing the PDF file. From there you can download the file onto your device. Easy peasy!

Enjoy Learning about the 4th of July!

Learning about the 4th of July and the history of the United States can exciting for the kids! Our nation has a long, and sometimes overwhelming-to-learn-about history, but there are so many ways to make it meaningful, memorable, and fun!

I’d love to hear how you and your family learn about, and celebrate, the 4th of July! Join my free Facebook Group, That Homeschool Family Hangout, to let me know or leave a comment below!

Until next time, stay safe and enjoy quality time with your family,

- Elizabeth (and the kids. and the husband. even the dog.)

Elizabeth Dukart is a proud Georgia-based born and raised Jersey Girl, wife, and mom of 2 human boys & 1 canine boy.

Created in 2021, Elizabeth owns and publishes That Homeschool Family: a free resource for homeschooling parents and beyond! A seasoned blogger, Elizabeth previously published a popular location-specific family resource blog, but decided to “Pivot!” her blogging focus after she started homeschooling her two boys in 2020. In addition to this blog, you can follow Elizabeth’s homeschooling and family adventures on Facebook, TikTok, Instagram, YouTube, and Pinterest. She can also be found in her Facebook Group: That Homeschool Family Hangout.

When she’s not busy taking over the world or homeschooling, Elizabeth can be found listening to music (especially The Beatles & Harry Styles!), being silly with her boys, watching movies with family, shopping, or traveling!

Have a question or want to work with Elizabeth? Send her an email!

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