Celebrate America with HSLDA

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The Declaration of Independence is one of the most important documents in American history because it highlights the moment we officially became independent of Great Britain. It was the day we “restored the Sovereign to Whom all men ought to be obedient. He reigns in heaven and from the rising to the setting of the sun, let His kingdom come” (Samuel Adams, upon the signing of the Declaration of Independence, on August 2, 1776).

HISTORY OF THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE

  • On July 2nd, 1776, the Declaration of Independence was approved in wording by the Continental Congress.
  • On July 4th, 1776 the delegates voted to accept it and declare America’s independence from Great Britain.
  • On July 8th, 1776, the Declaration was read in public for the first time, outside Independence Hall, Philadelphia, accompanied by the ringing of the Liberty Bell.
  • On July 19th, 1776, Congress ordered it engrossed in script on parchment.
  • And on August 2, 1776, the members of Congress signed the parchment copy.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed …”

U.S. Declaration of Independence

HOW YOU CAN CELEBRATE

TODAY I encourage you to read the Declaration of Independence aloud to your family, and with your friends. Let’s be reminded of the gift of freedom we received 240 years ago from the passion and faith of men like George Washington, John Adams, and Thomas Jefferson. Let’s talk about the other great documents of America, like the US Constitution and the Bill of Rights. Without the dedication and work of our Founding Fathers and the great men and women who have since come after and whom have fought for our freedom both in our courthouses and across the sea, we wouldn’t have the blessing of being able to homeschool our children. That is cause enough to celebrate!

OTHER FUN WAYS TO CELEBRATE INDEPENDENCE DAY:

>> find more ways to celebrate here.

OR - HSLDA 4th of July 2016 Giveaway - HSLDA Blog

GIVEAWAY

We’re giving away four American-themed items from our HSLDA Store. Doing the Right Thing DVD by the Colson Center, Our Constitution Rocks!, The History of Religious Liberty by Michael P. Farris, and American Commencement by Michael P. Farris. The giveaway closes at 11:59pm EST, Sunday, July 10, 2016. All these items can be found in the HSLDA Store, along with other fantastic resources to encourage your children to learn and have fun at the same time!

ENTERING THE GIVEAWAY

All you have to do to enter the giveaway is to leave a comment below (or email blog@hslda.org) with what freedom means to you and your family! There are also other optional steps to win more entries below.

If you’re looking for fun recipes, crafts, activities, and celebration ideas to celebrate the 4th, check out our Summer board on Pinterest.

Let’s celebrate this Independence Day by reading the Declaration of Independence to our families and by never forgetting the blessing of freedom to homeschool (one of the many blessings we’ve been given)!

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Happy Independence Day from HSLDA!

Charity Klicka Signature

Photo Credit: Graphic design by Charity Klicka.

 

UPDATE:

Congratulations to Pat Andrews, Edith Sanchez, Linda Finn, and John Dringenberg for winning HSLDA’s Fourth of July Giveaway. If you have not already received an email with the details, please contact us at blog@hslda.org.

Thank you to everyone else for participating! Stay tuned for many more giveaways, blog posts, and encouragement to come.

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33 Comments on “Celebrate America with HSLDA”

  1. Tracy Klicka MacKillop
    July 4, 2016 at 10:57 am #

    Reblogged this on TracyKlicka.

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  2. Laura
    July 4, 2016 at 10:58 am #

    Freedom means that we can educate our children at home, without the fear of being arrested. Thank-you to the founders who came before to pave the way for us.

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  3. Rhonda Shumate
    July 4, 2016 at 11:02 am #

    Freedom to me first and foremost means the opportunity to make God and His will the first priority of my life, seeking to be and to do all that He has appointed, designed, and set forth for me to be and do.

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  4. Laura
    July 4, 2016 at 11:05 am #

    I’m grateful for the freedom to homeschool and for the freedom to worship without fear.

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  5. Barb S
    July 4, 2016 at 11:08 am #

    Freedom means being able to train up my children in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.

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  6. PatACake
    July 4, 2016 at 11:08 am #

    Freedom is the given right to choose for myself my beliefs; whether it be religious, political, educational, etc. Freedom is practicing those beliefs without persecution. Freedom is a gift that has been given to me through the sacrifice of others.

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  7. GG
    July 4, 2016 at 11:11 am #

    The freedom to worship and homeschool

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  8. Deirdre Fisher
    July 4, 2016 at 11:21 am #

    Freedom to me is being able to educate my children, both religiously & academically, how I think is best. I’m thankful for this every day!

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  9. A. Bates
    July 4, 2016 at 11:26 am #

    Freedom for my family is the liberty to live our lives how and where we deem best, and to live with gratitude in a land that has been fiercely protected by those who serve and stand for the many individual freedoms we enjoy.

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  10. Robbie McClure
    July 4, 2016 at 11:36 am #

    Freedom is the ability to rightfully make choices for myself and my family and reasonably only have to fear God’s judgment, not man’s.

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  11. Pat Andrews
    July 4, 2016 at 11:36 am #

    Freedom is synonymous with the Constitution of the United States of America. It is the protection of our God-given rights: life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Freedom is human dignity. From what have we been freed? Tyranny, oppression, brute force, theft, murder, slavery, anarchy, poverty, fear, terror, hopelessness, loss of property, loss of safety, loss of free speech, and loss of well-being. Freedom is a precious gift of God, and is the duty of brave men and women to safeguard.

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  12. Sarah M.
    July 4, 2016 at 11:49 am #

    We can worship the Lord without fear of imprisonment or death!

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  13. Pat Andrews
    July 4, 2016 at 11:50 am #

    Freedom is synonymous with the Constitution of the United States of America. It is the protection of our God-given rights: life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Freedom is human dignity. From what have we been freed? Tyranny, oppression, brute force, theft, murder, slavery, anarchy, poverty, fear, terror, hopelessness, loss of property, loss of safety, and loss of well-being. Freedom is a precious gift of God, and the duty of brave men and women to safeguard.

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  14. M. Baysinger
    July 4, 2016 at 11:52 am #

    Freedom means being able to worship the Lord freely, homeschool my children and teach them about our faith, and teach them to be thankful every day for the soldiers and patriots who have gone before us to protect that freedom!

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  15. David N Paula Adams
    July 4, 2016 at 12:24 pm #

    Freedom is something more than words can say. All the words that previous comments have used apply to how we celebrate and use our freedom. We celebrate the freedom that God, our forefathers, the US military, our Presidents, and all that have served and contributed to this Great Nation today, and hopefully everyday.

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  16. akornchatter
    July 4, 2016 at 12:50 pm #

    Freedom means that we have the ability to choose which path our family follows. We get to choose to homeschool and to go to church every Sunday.

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  17. Faithful Acres Body Soul Spirit
    July 4, 2016 at 1:00 pm #

    Freedom is to use a great privilege here in the USA that we are able to worship in the way we desire to , homeschool using the books we enjoy and think as we wish and are still able to speak the truth to others without much fear of punishment for our beliefs. We are free to live our lives and travel and that also is a wonderful thing.
    Linda

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  18. Burke family
    July 4, 2016 at 1:21 pm #

    FREEDOM in our family is a sacred, precious gift. We cone from a long line of family members who willing and selflessly served to protect this country and the freedoms allowed here. Our children, although to young to serve militarily, serve thru their service organizations and develop their leadership skills within this groups. We have seen them embrace self sacrifice and know that they have a true understanding of what was given for them and their responsibility to maintain Independence and Freedon.

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  19. Edith S
    July 4, 2016 at 1:22 pm #

    Freedom means being able to follow the path God has set before us as a family.😀

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  20. Courtney Sanford
    July 4, 2016 at 1:40 pm #

    We’re thankful for the freedom to do what is right. The freedom to educate our children and the freedom to build businesses that serve the Lord!

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  21. Jamu Kling
    July 4, 2016 at 2:18 pm #

    No oppression. No government intrusion. No fear.

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  22. Valerie
    July 4, 2016 at 2:20 pm #

    To our military family, freedom means sacrifice! The ultimate sacrifice, of course is Jesus, who set us free forever!

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  23. Teresa
    July 4, 2016 at 2:27 pm #

    So grateful for freedom to worship God and raise our family in Him!

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  24. tcareyvcc
    July 4, 2016 at 2:28 pm #

    So grateful for freedom to worship God and raise our family in Him

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  25. Hope
    July 4, 2016 at 3:12 pm #

    Freedom is the ability to worship with other believers without fear of intimidation or arrest.

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  26. Karolyn K.
    July 4, 2016 at 5:19 pm #

    Freedom means being able to worship freely and raise our family with a biblical foundation. We are able to speak freely and not have everything censored.

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  27. Carol Pauley
    July 4, 2016 at 7:36 pm #

    Great job Charity!

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  28. Heather E.
    July 5, 2016 at 6:42 am #

    Freedom is the ability to live my life however I choose, without infringing on the rights of others to do the same 🙂

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  29. Mahoney family
    July 6, 2016 at 5:39 pm #

    Charity, Thanks for encouraging us to read the Declaration of Independence. Our family also took the time to read the last stanza of Francis Scott Key’s “The Star Spangled Banner” poem/second verse of the national anthem:
    O thus be it ever, when free men shall stand
    Between their loved homes and the war’s desolation;
    Blest with Vict’ry and peace, may the heav’n rescued land
    Praise the Pow’r that hath made and preserved us a nation!
    Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just;
    And this be our motto: “In God is our trust!”
    And the star spangled banner in triumph shall wave
    O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave.

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    • Charity Klicka
      July 11, 2016 at 4:23 pm #

      That is also a great historical document to share with your kids! And that is such a solid stanza, and what America needs to hear at this time. Thanks for sharing.

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  30. Isaac Helland
    July 6, 2016 at 11:23 pm #

    To me, freedom means the God-endowed rights to life and liberty.

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  31. Faithful Acres Body Soul Spirit
    July 15, 2016 at 8:16 am #

    Woohoo, So happy to have won !!! Will be a great addtion to our homeschooling !!!
    Linda

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  32. Anna Weber
    July 27, 2016 at 3:45 am #

    America’s founding values and the leadership traits that embodied them gave rise to the greatest nation on earth. Three primary leadership qualities that sustain all lasting human institutions: gratitude, personal responsibility, and sacrifice. It is through the resurrection of these essential qualities in every American—and a rejection of the pervasive attitude of entitlement and culture of complaint—that the spirit of America will once again empower its citizens and inspire the world. America can and must maintain a leadership role in the world economy. The health of the U.S. economy is inextricably linked to the economic health of the rest of the world. If America is not doing well, the rest of the world is affected. In an interconnected and increasingly competitive global environment, it is now more important than ever to commit ourselves to the core values and policies that have traditionally made America’s economy strong. Chris Salamone https://goo.gl/0NXy7v works to improve the lives of young people around the world through his many philanthropic endeavors Like holding Leadership programs for high School Students. Chris Salamone is a noted attorney, entrepreneur, social worker and author or two best seller books, one of them is Rescue America which focus on restructuring America.

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