Fun festivities such as firework displays, three-legged races, and eating watermelon are great, family-friendly ways to celebrate Independence Day.
My kids love them!
Not only that, but as parents, these activities provide a wonderful opportunity for you and me to step away from our daily responsibilities and spend dedicated quality time with our kids.
Yet, it’s also important that we don’t stop here.
Because it’s our job to also teach our kids why we celebrate July Fourth. We need to take the time to tell them – both young and old – about the bravery, sacrifice, and Christian principles that are at the heart of Independence Day.
How can you accomplish this?
I’m over at The Courage suggesting how you can inspire patriotism in your kids. Here is one of the three ideas I share.
If your kids are anything like mine, they love a good story. As Independence Day approaches, introduce your kids to compelling, edge-of-your-seat narratives that focus on why and how our country was founded. These can take the form of books, television shows, audio dramas, or even music, depending on the age of your kids.
Elementary-aged kids may enjoy:
The animated series Liberty’s Kids. This 40-episode show focuses on the American Revolution. It’s not written specifically from a Christian worldview, so you’ll want to watch with your kids and discuss as you go.
Both elementary-aged and tweens may like:
The Adventures in Odyssey’s audio drama album “For God and Country” from Focus on the Family. Some of the episodes focus on George Washington, Paul Revere, the Revolutionary War, and how the National Anthem was written.
The “Heroes of History” book series. This series includes books on Benjamin Franklin, George Washington, Johns Adams, and William Penn.
Tweens and teens may love:
Kirk Cameron’s film “Monumental.” This fascinating documentary follows Cameron as he journeys to discover and learn about the places, people, and principles that shaped America.
The American History DVD series from Drive Thru History. Host Dave Stotts is funny and entertaining as he visits important historical locations related to the founding of our country.
The Broadway musical cast recording of Hamilton (with parental guidance). This also isn’t written from a Christian worldview and there are sections of this theatrical album that are explicit, so you’ll need to determine whether you think it is appropriate for your kids and your family. It does fantastic job of helping older kids understand that our country was founded by fallible men who were willing to risk their lives and their comforts in the name of independence. It reminds teens that any of us can make a difference.
Visit The Courage to read my other two ideas for inspiring patriotism in your kids this Fourth of July. You can read the article here.