Monday, July 4, 2016

Happy Independence Day, America!

This post was first published on July 4, 2010.

By Mrs. Yolli







July 4th is Independence Day in America!

On July 4, 1776, the Declaration of Independence was adopted by the Continental Congress in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. This document announced America's independence from Britain.




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Six years ago I was with my family on the Fourth of July, and we had a special event planned for the day.

My family had three old, tattered flags that needed to be retired. So on July 4th, we had a retirement ceremony.



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The United States Flag Code states: "The Flag, when it is in such condition that it is no longer a fitting emblem of display, should be destroyed in a dignified way, preferably by burning."



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First, we sang some patriotic songs!






Then, my cousin Jon gave a short speech. Finally, we retired the old flags to the fire.





Click here to learn how to fold an American flag


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How will you spend the Fourth of July?