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The Independence Day Play Space is brought to you by the Eclectic Kids Learning & Play Space and the Eclectic Homeschool Online. We've scoured the web to find Independence Day Treasures for you to enjoy.

Learn More About How America Became an Independent Nation

  • The Declaration of Independence
    Drafted by Thomas Jefferson between June 11 and June 28, 1776, the Declaration of Independence is at once the nation's most cherished symbol of liberty and Jefferson's most enduring monument. Here, in exalted and unforgettable phrases, Jefferson expressed the convictions in the minds and hearts of the American people.
    • Images of the Declaration
    • Creating the Declaration
      View the time line for the creation of the Declaration of Independence beginning with the Lee Resolution and ending on August 2, 1776 when the document was signed by most members of Congress.
    • The Signer's Gallery
      Who was the oldest Signer of the Declaration of Independence? Which Signer was also a musician? Learn the answers to these and other questions, and get our fact sheet about the Signers of the Declaration of Independence.
    • Sign the Declaration
      Choose a pen and add your name to the Declaration of Independence alongside our Forefathers. (This interactive exhibit requires the Macromedia Flash Player. Instructions and a link are provided.)
  • US Presidents
    America's presidents have represented many states, held different occupations and faced difficult challenges. However, each president answered the same call--the call to serve the American people. As you learn about the presidents, think about ways you can serve your neighbor, community or country today.
    Presidential biographies, coloring sheets and activity pages, and online games,
  • Freedom Timeline:Sharing Intelligence
    1777 An Unlikely Spy
    Gathering information or "intelligence" has been a part of defending freedom from the beginning of our nation. During America's War of Independence, a woman in Philadelphia found herself in a unique position to help the cause of freedom.
  • I Pledge Allegiance by Red Skelton
    The following words were spoken by the late Red Skelton on his television program as he related the story of his teacher, Mr. Laswell, who felt his students had come to think of the Pledge of Allegiance as merely something to recite in class each day.
  • The American Revolution Unit Study
    More resources to learn about the Revolutionary War.

Fireworks

  • Fireworks
    Make your own fireworks display.
  • Nova Online: Fireworks
    The companion Web site to "Fireworks!," scheduled to be rebroadcast on Tuesday, July 1, 2003. This explosive NOVA presents the colorful history of pyrotechnics and reveals how hi-tech firing systems are transforming public displays into a dazzling, split-second science. Here's what you'll find online:
    • Name That Shell
      Watch video clips of fireworks bursting in air and find out how well you know your chrysanthemums from your peonies, your roman candles from your palm trees.
    • Anatomy of a Firework
      Where you see brilliant light and vivid color, a pyrotechnician sees a successful lift charge, black powder mix, time-delay fuse, bursting charge, and other essential ingredients.
    • Pyrotechnically Speaking
      Dr. John Conkling, adjunct professor of chemistry at Washington College and former executive director of the American Pyrotechnics Association, describes what it is about fireworks that gets him, well, all fired up.
    • On Fire (Hot Science)
      This virtual laboratory lets you explore the basics of combustion, including how a fire ignites, what a flame is made of, and how burning molecules rearrange themselves.
  • Shooting Fireworks: Capture the Spectacle
    Tips from Smithsonian photographers.
  • Kodak's Guide to Photographing Fireworks

Activities for Independence Day

  • Patriotic Music on the Web
    Music to download.
  • The Road to Revolution
    Want to make your own American Revolution? You'll need a good horse, a road map and a working knowledge of LIBERTY! Online. Saddle up and turn the page. This is an online quiz that covers the material presented on the PBS Liberty the Road to Revolution website.
  • Choosing Revolution
    Gather secrets as you work your way through this online activity. At the end choose to side with the patriots or the loyalists
  • The British are Coming
    Thinkquest online game.
  • The Flames of Rebellion
    The Flames of Rebellion is a strategy/war game playable by two users on the internet or at one computer. Players choose either the British or the Colonials as they simulate the Revolutionary War. The object of the game is to take control of all thirteen colonies.

Coloring Pages, Printer Goodies & Crafts

Computer Goodies

  • America Land of Liberty Screensaver
    Celebrate your patriotism all year long with this inspirational screensaver. America - Land of Liberty displays full color images with subtle animations and inspirational quotes from some of America's brightest and best.
  • 4th of July
    This screen saver displays old Betsy, tattered and torn, overlaid with the famous "Spirit of 1776" painting of our victorious troops marching home and ends with fireworks over Mount Rushmore.

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