A favorite holiday for many people, Independence Day honors the day the United States of America was created. Every year from coast to coast on the Fourth of July, elaborate fireworks celebrations are accompanied by parades and picnics, along with the consumption of about 150 million hotdogs! All because in 1776, the Declaration of Independence was signed 56 times (starting with John Hancock) ensuring 2.5 million colonists’ freedom from British rule.
The very first Fourth of July parade was held in 1785 in Bristol, Rhode Island. Today, more than $1 billion is spent purchasing fireworks for Independence Day each year, with more than 16,000 different fireworks celebrations held across the country.
Here are some of our favorite books related to Independence Day!
Fiction, Level: L
Excited to set off Independence Day fireworks, the little Hoppers are disappointed when their parents decide it’s just too dangerous. Grandpa saves the day by suggesting a picnic, with a special surprise.
BATTLING FOR INDEPENDENCE
Historical Nonfiction, Levels: Y, Z1, Z2
This informative book looks at how the Revolutionary War led to colonists establishing the United States of America.
SAM'S FOURTH OF JULY
Fiction, Levels: H, K, N
Sam the dog loves the Fourth of July, but loud fireworks bother him. When the town decides to make him the leader of the parade, what will he do?
Fiction, Level: A
Vibrant illustrations help introduce early emergent readers to the exciting things that can be seen at a Fourth of July parade.
Informational Nonfiction, Level: G
Detailed photos depict symbols central to the identity and character of the United States, from the American flag to the bald eagle.
THE STORY OF THE STATUE
Informational nonfiction, Levels: J, M, P
On an island in New York Harbor stands an enormous, green, famous lady: the Statue of Liberty! Learn about where she came from, how she was built, and what she means to the people of the United States.
TOMMY SAVES THE FOURTH OF JULY
Fiction, Level: O
Tommy's robot, RK-5, transports Tommy and his friends to China, where the best fireworks in the world are made, so they can save their town's celebration. Fireworks safety is highlighted in the story.
A NATION ARISES
Poetry, Level: T
This patriotic collection of poems chronicles some of United States history, ranging from the difficulties early settlers faced to government structure and the signing of the Declaration of Independence.
This Fourth of July, remember the reason for the holiday! The Declaration of Independence gave birth to a brand new nation, and the United States of America is here today as a result. Independence Day is a wonderful opportunity to be grateful.
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