It is not about the fireworks, barbecued hot dogs, family gatherings, or parades. Let us remember that first July 4 and what our patriot forefathers embarked upon.
We often watch our DVD of the musical 1776 which we saw live at Independence Hall in Philly back in 1976.
Start a new book on American history:
Find more Revolutionary War books at
To learn more about how our government was honed over time read Madison's Gift: Five Friendships that Built America
For a fictional look behind the scenes try a novel like The Midwife's Revolt by Jodi Daynard.
You can also have fun researching the Revolution in other ways.
Check out your ancestry. You may have a Revolutionary hero in the family! My husband did:
Collect textiles that celebrate American history, including handkerchiefs, linens and quilts.
And--yes--enjoy those hot dogs, fireworks, and family gatherings! Best wishes for a joyous and safe July 4 celebration.