July 4th is a day of fun, food, flags, and fireworks, but it’s about so much more. Here are 4 activities to reflect as a family on the significance of this day.
1. Find biographies of famous Americans in your local library or bookstore. Some influential figures from the time of the American Revolution include George and Martha Washington, John and Abigail Adams, Alexander and Eliza Hamilton, Thomas Jefferson, and Phyllis Wheatley, among many others.
2. Read aloud the Declaration of Independence and talk about it together. Ask: What freedoms do we enjoy now that Americans didn’t have when this was written? What would it be like to lose those freedoms and rights? What can we do as a family to ensure the God-given rights of people are secure? How can we live as if all people are created equal?
3. Write notes or make cards for the veterans and service members in your church or neighborhood, or bake some goodies and visit a local veteran’s home. Remember to thank them for their service to our country and their role in maintaining our freedom.
4. Make a prayer calendar. On the 4th of July, write “Pray for the United States of America.” On the remaining days, write the name of a leader or representative at any level of government. Ask God to give those leaders wisdom, boldness, and humility to govern in ways that pursue justice, promote mercy, and protect the freedoms we celebrate (Micah 6:8; 1 Tim. 2:1-2).
What are your family’s favorite ways to celebrate the 4th? Share your ideas with us!
Kelly Mikhailiuk is a freelance editor and writer who lives in Durham, North Carolina, with her husband, Taras, and their four young children.