Independence Day Project

USA Fan FlagYour kids can proudly display their patriotic spirit on Flag Day or Independence Day when they make this United States flag fan craft. 

What you’ll need:
·    Blue Posterboard Paper
·    Grid Board Paper
·    Red “Painters” paint marker  
·    White “Painters” paint marker 
·    Scissors
·    Pen or pencil
·    Popsicle stick 
·    Ruler 
·    Scotch brand super-strength mounting tape

How to make it:
1.    Measure and cut a rectangle 5″ wide x 3 1/2″ tall out of the white Grid Board paper. 
2.     Measure and cut a rectangle 2″ wide x 1 1/2″ tall out of the blue Posterboard paper. Draw white stars on the navy blue posterboard paper. If you mess up, cut up another piece of paper and draw again. 
(Note: If you do not want to draw the stars, you can use the Stars Background Scrapbook Paper instead: Stars Background Scrapbook Paper
3.    Using your pen or pencil, measure in 1/4″ increments down the white corrugated cardboard to make the stripes. 
4.    Draw red stripes on the white Grid board paper. You can use the grid lines as guides. 
5.    Let the markers dry for about 10 minutes (depending on humidity). 
6.    Attach the blue posterboard paper with the stars on the upper left corner of the flag with the mounting tape.
7.    Attach the popsicle stick to the bottom (in the back) of the grid board paper.
8.    Enjoy your really cool fan!

What do you know about Independence Day

USA MapOn this day in 1776, the Declaration of Independence was approved by the Continental Congress, setting the 13 colonies on the road to freedom as a sovereign nation. As always, this most American of holidays will be marked by parades, fireworks and backyard barbecues across the country.
– In July 1776, the estimated number of people living in the newly independent nation was 2.5 million.
– On July 4, 2008, the nation’s population will be 304 million.
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– The chance that the hot dogs and pork sausages consumed on the Fourth of July originated in Iowa are more than 1 in 4. The Hawkeye State was home to 17.6 million market hogs and pigs on March 1, 2008. This represents more than one-fourth of the nation’s total. North Carolina (9 million) and Minnesota (6.7 million) were the runners-up.
– The total production of cattle and calves in Texas in 2007 is 6.8 billion pounds. Chances are good that the beef hot dogs, steaks and burgers on your backyard grill came from the Lone Star State, which accounted for about one-sixth of the nation’s total production. And if the beef did not come from Texas, it very well may have come from Nebraska (4.7 billion pounds) or Kansas (4.1 billion pounds).
– There are six states in which the revenue from broiler chickens was $1 billion or greater between December 2006 and November 2007. There is a good chance that one of these states – Georgia, Arkansas, North Carolina, Alabama, Mississippi or Texas – is the source of your barbecued chicken.
– About 4 in 10 are the odds that your side dish of baked beans originated from North Dakota, which produced 42 percent of the nation’s dry, edible beans in 2007. Another popular Fourth of July side dish is corn on the cob. Florida, California, Georgia and New York together accounted for 60 percent of the sweet corn produced nationally in 2007.
– Potato salad and potato chips are popular food items at Fourth of July barbecues. More than half (52 percent) of the nation’s spuds were produced in Idaho or Washington state in 2007.
– More than three-fourths amount of the nation’s head lettuce production in 2007 that came from California. This lettuce may end up in your salad or on your burger.
– Nearly 3 in 4 chances that the fresh tomatoes in your salad came from Florida or California, which combined accounted for 73 percent of U.S. tomato production last year. The ketchup on your burger or hot dog probably came from California, which accounted for 96 percent of processed tomato production in 2007.
– Georgia is the state that led the nation in watermelon production last year (1 billion pounds). Other leading producers of this popular Fourth of July dessert included California, Florida and Texas, each with more than 400 million pounds.
– More than 74 million Americans said they have taken part in a barbecue during the previous year. It’s probably safe to assume a lot of these events took place on Independence Day.

Independence Day Recipes

Potato Salad  Potato Salad


This is a delicious potato salad for a summer meal or cookout,
Ingredients:
4 to 5 cups cubed waxy potatoes, cooked, drained, cooled*
1/2 cup chopped celery
1/2 cup chopped red onion
3 hard-cooked eggs, chopped
2 tablespoons chopped sweet pickle
2 teaspoons sweet pickle juice
1/2 to 2/3 cup mayonnaise
1/2 to 1 teaspoon prepared mustard
1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
Preparation:
Combine all ingredients in a bowl and stir gently to combine. Refrigerate until serving time.
Serves 4 to 6.
*For best texture, use new potatoes, red skinned potatoes, or other boiling potatoes.

 Baked Beans Baked Beans

Ingredients:
3 cans baked beans (Campbell’s)
1 can kidney beans, drained
1 can butter beans, drained
1 tsp. mustard
1/4 c. ketchup
1/4 c. brown sugar
6 slices bacon
1 sm. onion, chopped with some bacon fat

Directions:
Fry bacon until crisp then stir onion into bacon drippings until soft. Crumble bacon. In crockpot add all of the above, stir well. Cook on high for about 2 hours. Last 1/2 hour take lid off and cook until it gets like a slight crust on top. When thick serve.

Enjoy — its easy to make and take anywhere. Everyone loves them, you can make as little or as much as you need.

More about Independence Day

American FlagIn 1777, thirteen gunshots were fired, once at morning and again  evening fell, on July 4 in Bristol, Rhode Island. Philadelphia celebrated the first anniversary in a manner a modern American would find quite familiar: an official dinner for the Continental Congress, toasts, 13-gun salutes, speeches, prayers, music, parades, troop reviews, and fireworks. Ships were decked with red, white, and blue bunting.

In 1778, General George Washington marked July 4 with a double ration of rum for his soldiers and an artillery salute. Across the Atlantic Ocean, ambassadors John Adams and Benjamin Franklin held a dinner for their fellow Americans in Paris, France.

In 1779, July 4 fell on a Sunday. The holiday was celebrated on Monday, July 5.

In 1781, the Massachusetts General Court became the first state legislature to recognize July 4 as a state celebration.

In 1783, Moravians in Salem, North Carolina, held a celebration of July 4 with a challenging music program assembled by Johann Friedrich Peter. This work was titled “The Psalm of Joy”.

In 1791 the first recorded use of the name “Independence Day” occurred.

In 1870, the U.S. Congress made Independence Day an unpaid holiday for federal employees.

In 1931, Congress changed Independence Day to a paid federal holiday. The residents of Vicksburg, Mississippi, celebrated Independence Day for the first time since July 4, 1863, when the Siege of Vicksburg ended with a Union victory during the American Civil War.