Friday, July 2, 2010

Celebrating Our Independence

American flag
With The Fourth of July right around the corner, let's take a moment to remember why this day is important in U.S. History. Each year, we celebrate the separation of the American colonies from Great Britain which happened on July 2, 1776. It took a couple days for congress to debate and revise the Declaration of Independence, which is why July 4 is considered the date of the official holiday. The holiday is generally associated with large celebrations all across the country.* In fact, you've probably seen some fireworks displays, watched a concert of patriotic music, dunked someone in a booth at a fair or carnival, etc.

We thought we'd give you a selection of holiday-related books and media -- fun and factual -- and local resources. Enjoy!

For Kids

Happy 4th of JulyThe Declaration of Independence in Translation: What It Really Means by Amie Jane Leavitt

Fireworks, Picnics, and Flags by James Cross Giblin

Fourth of July Mice by Bethany Roberts

Happy 4th of July, Jenny Sweeney! by Leslie Kimelman

Hats Off For the Fourth of July! by Harriet Ziefert

Three Presidents...Let's Go, Dear Dragon by Margaret Hillert

Looking for Uncle Louie on the Fourth of July by Kathy Whitehead

Snickerdoodle's Star-Spangled Fourth of July! by Clare Ham Grosgebauer

Star-Spangled Crafts by Kathy Ross

Three Presidents Died on the Fourth of July and Other Freaky Facts by Barbara Seuling

For Adults
Fourth of July4th of July, Asbury Park: A History of the Promised Land by Daniel Wolff

4th of July: A Novel by James Patterson

The Fourth of July and the Founding of America by Peter De Bolla

The Glorious Fourth: An American Holiday, An American History by Diana Karter Appelbaum

Independence Day (DVD)

Liberty: A Lake Wobegon Novel by Garrison Keillor

One Day in History...One Day in History: July 4, 1776 edited by Rodney P. Carlisle

Star Spangled Murder by Leslie Meier

In the Community

FireworksSanta Clara City's Annual 4th of July Celebration and All City Picnic will be held at Central Park, 909 Kiely Boulevard on Sunday, July 4, 2010 from 8 a.m. - 10 p.m. Due to the city's $20 million budget deficit, the city is asking for donations to help fund the $80,000 fireworks display this year. If you'd like to donate, please visit the donation page.

Bay Area Fireworks and Events - Visit the Abc7 News website for a listing of local July 4th events.

* Thanks to Wikipedia for some facts.

The Santa Clara City Library will be closed on Saturday, July 3rd, Sunday, July 4th, and Monday, July 5th in honor of the July 4th holiday. We will be open Tuesday, July 6th at 10:00 a.m. For our new hours, please visit our schedule.

Posted by ws (formerly wk)