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Celebrating Independence Day in your childcare classroom!

On July 4, 1776, during the American Revolution, the Declaration of Independence was signed and approved by the Continental Congress, proclaiming the legal separation of the original thirteen colonies from Great Britain – making them free and independent states. 

How to explain Independence Day to young children

The best way to explain Independence Day to preschoolers is to use a visual such as an American flag. Discuss that the flag is a symbol. The stripes on the flag represent the 13 colonies that declared independence and the stars represent the 50 united states.

Books to read in the classroom to celebrate the Fourth of July 

Classroom activities to celebrate Independence Day

Paper tube fireworks

This easy art activity will keep kids entertained and allow them to explore coloring and mixing while practicing fine motor skills. You can even make it shine! Add some texture to this activity with glitter! Sprinkle some on top of the paint when it’s still wet to add some depth to the paintings.

Flashy fireworks headband

Children can explore their creativity by making headbands with their favorite fireworks pattern on them! 

Birthday cupcakes

Make birthday cupcakes while developing fine motor skills through open-ended play. Have your children make cupcakes with playdough and lose parts.

Song: You’re a Grand Old Flag

Have the children sing a traditional patriotic song by George Cohan.

Fourth of July fireworks

Children jump high and move their hands high like fireworks. This activity is perfect for infants, and toddlers. It encourages physical movement, social-emotional development, and math skills. 

Red, white, and blue

Children create a paper chain pattern using red, white, and blue paper. This promotes math and social studies skills. 

Patriotic mural

Children work together to create a red, white, and blue mural to decorate their classroom. This encourages creative art skills. 


Teaching children about Independence Day allows them to learn more about the country they call home and its history. It also encourages them to continue their learning at home as they celebrate with friends and family over a long weekend! 

Christie White

Christie is a Senior Content Marketing Specialist at HiMama. She is passionate about children's development, parenting, and supporting the child care industry. She has been working to support child care centers with their events and marketing for almost a decade. In her personal life, Christie lives in Stouffville, ON with her husband Kyle and dog Tucker. She enjoys going for walks, baking, cooking, and watching reality tv!

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