American Independence Day Crafts and Activities

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    Celebrating the Fourth of July

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    It's fun to celebrate the Fourth of July with the whole family by making Independence Day crafts. On this day, Americans observe the signing of the Declaration of Independence by the Continental Congress in 1776. Many commemorate the day with red, white, and blue decorations and clothing, a fitting tribute to our grand flag. Why not make your own rather than buying store-bought versions? Doing so will allow you to express your patriotism in your own unique way! These ideas will give you a great starting point to decorate your home or yourself. Whether you will be watching a parade, enjoying the holiday with friends, or watching local fireworks, have fun getting started with these ideas.


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    American Flag Crafts

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    The American Flag has long been a treasured symbol of the United States, but it has changed many times since Betsy Ross sewed the first one in 1776.

    Initially, the flag had 13 red and white stripes and 13 white stars on a blue background. Throughout the years, a star has been added to the flag for each new state that joined the union. Today, the flag Americans display has 13 stripes and 50 stars.

    Get into the patriotic spirit by trying one of these flag related crafts:

    • Learn how to make a flag you can wear using Shrink plastic. This is an easy way to make patriotic jewelry or keychains.
    • Wear a homemade red, white, and blue costume to a parade or picnic.
    • You can make a safety pin flag pattern with beads. This requires a little work, but the effect is impressive.
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    Firework Crafts

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    Fireworks are a must-have for any Independence Day celebration. There is something magical about sitting in the dark watching a spectacular firework display.

    One problem with fireworks is how dangerous they are, and since they are illegal in many places, we wouldn't want you to play with real fireworks. Also, fireworks can start late at night and be scary for younger kids. Instead, try making crafts with fireworks themes. For example:

    • Make a colorful fireworks picture using glitter and glue.
    • Make a pretend sparkler out of a pencil and attach some chenille stems.
    • Use a bubble wrap and have the kids jump on it to pop it. Instant fireworks, anytime of day (or night).
    • Print out and color some pictures of firecrackers or some fireworks.
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    A Mixture of July 4th Crafting Ideas

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    There is no shortage of ways to celebrate Independence Day. If none of the ideas above appeal to you, try one of the crafts below:

    • Make a visor you can wear to show your patriotic spirit. This is perfect if you'll be out watching a parade on a hot, sunny day.
    • Make yourself a red, white, and blue T-shirt to wear with your visor.
    • Make a shining star necklace to dress up your outfit.
    • Dress up your table with patriotic treats. Try including star-shaped cookies or have a cookie decorating party with colorful metallic sprinkles that look like fireworks.
    • Hang 3D paper stars all over the place.
    • Decorate your sidewalk or front walkway with patriotic chalk drawings.
    • Use 4th of July clip art to help decorate for the patriotic holiday.