Celebrating Flag Day

by Judy Mullican

flagpole in fieldNational Flag Day is celebrated annually on June 14, commemorating the day when the Stars and Stripes was adopted as the official flag of the United States in 1777. Closely examine a flag with the children. What colors do they see? Count the stripes together. Explain that when our country began, there were 13 colonies that became the first states. The thirteen stripes represent the original colonies. Now we have 50 states, and there is a star for each state. Offer some of these patriotic activities to celebrate Flag Day!

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Hip, Hip, Hooray! It’s Independence Day!

by Judy Mullican

Brightly colorful fireworks in the night skyPicnics, parades, fireworks, and more are all part of the fun when we celebrate Independence Day on July 4! This holiday commemorates the approval of the Declaration of Independence, which officially proclaimed our nation as an independent country.  In explaining the holiday to young children, we often speak of it as the birthday of the United States. In honor of this occasion, here are a few ways to celebrate:

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