July is the month to remember our nations founding principles and to celebrate our freedom. No matter what age your children are, if you want to instill in them a spirit of patriotism, then start by celebrating our history. Here are some creative ways you can do that!
1. Make sure to decorate around the house with items that represent our nation's history. Buy some flowers or a few small flags to stick in planters on your front porch. Be creative, but don't let this opportunity pass. (If you missed it this year, now is the time to go out and buy a few things on clearance since July 4th is over.)
2. Say the Pledge of Allegiance at the start of your day on the 4th of July and then have a family prayer for the nation.
3. Take a drive out to a small town where they honor their fallen soldiers with American flags. Or take a walk in an historical grave yard where soldiers are buried. It's a great opportunity to visually see and discuss the sacrifice that has been made for our freedoms.
4. Look up famous quotes by famous historical people like Thomas Jefferson or George Washington on the internet and write a couple of your favorite with a dry marker on a window or on the front of your fridge for the entire month of July.
5. If you have small children, have everyone dress up as a famous historical character on the holiday and give a short speech about their ideas on freedom. Allow everyone to be creative.
6. Have a writing contest for the 4th of July. Two weeks before the holiday, have everyone gather for a short discussion. Explain how everyone, including parents, is going to write a one page document on what freedom means to them. They must turn them in on the first day of July to be judged. The winning essay gets to choose the desert for the 4th of July celebration! This could be an annual event. Each year freedom means something different based on how the year has unfolded.
8. Gather everyone around the table at the end of the festivities and allow each person to discuss what freedom in our county they love the most and why: freedom of speech, freedom of religion, the freedom to bear arms, the freedom to vote.
No matter what age your children are, planning activities to honor our freedom is a powerful way to grow responsible, contributing adults to our society. Make it a special day for celebration. Invite over a few friends. Buy a few fireworks and make it a day to remember.