Monday, June 24, 2013

4th of July Trivia, Games and Treats: Family Fun for the Fourth

America's Independence Day Bash is coming up soon!  I made these cute cupcakes for my family to celebrate.  I was inspired by Keri's Red, White, & Blue Cookie Cups on her blog, Shaken Together, and I used Kendra's cream cheese frosting recipe from Living in the Shoe.  Red Velvet cake mixes are coming out my ears, thanks to a couple great weeks of coupon deals, so I was thrilled to find something yummy to do with them!

I love learning interesting facts about history---do you?  Here are some trivia questions to share with your family:

  • Independence Day was first celebrated in Philadelphia on July 8, 1776, but it wasn't until 1804 that the first public Fourth of July celebration was held at the White House.  (That might surprise you, unless you know that the White House wasn't completed until the year 1800!)  Modern day celebrations there include barbeques, kids' activities, fireworks, and the USO show in remembrance and honor of veterans and troops.

  • The legal separation from England actually occurred on July 2nd but American's began celebrating it from the start on the 4th because that was the date written on the Declaration of Independence.

  • The 56 signers of the Declaration of Independence did not all sign on July 4, 1776.  Most signed on August 2, 1776, when 50 men signed it then.  The others signed at various times afterward.  The names of the signers were not released to the public for six months.  If we hadn't had won our independence, the signers would have been killed for treason.

  • Congress didn't declare the 4th of July a legal holiday until 1941 and it's one of the few that have not been moved to a Monday.

  • The major reason American colonists wanted freedom was because of the practice of taxation without representation. There was no Colonial representative at Parliament to help decide on fair taxes.

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    1. What a fun way to teach your kids American history!

    2. I enjoyed reading your post. Such creative ideas!

    3. Hi Sarah,
      I'm sure I learned most of those facts in history lessons growing up. Although I'm Canadian, we did learn a lot about America. Thank you for sharing and enjoy your weekend.


    4. Thanks for sharing this information. We all need refreshing.

      Happy Blue Monday, Sarah.


    6. Love the post. The cupcake looks delicious. I played too. Mine are here and here.

    7. Well I am a Yankee doodle dandy, born on the 4th of July. So thanks for the fun facts. My sister happens to be born on August 2...a funny coincidence. Happy 4th!

    8. Well this was fun! I love history. Also love cupcakes, lol! Thanks for linking up to the "Making Your Home Sing Monday" linky party! :)


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