Tuesday, July 4, 2017

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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Seven 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?


  1. Hello Mrs. Yollis and Class,

    What an incredible document the Declaration of Independence is! It has fascinated me since I first saw a photo of it and read its words. Australia doesn't have any similar document because, until January 1, 1901 when Australia became a nation, our states remained colonies of England. Our constitution came into force on the day we became the Commonwealth of Australia.

    I think the Retirement of Flags Ceremony is a wonderful way to show respect to the flag and nation. I have an U.S. flag along with an Australian and Scottish flag. The U.S. flag holds memories for me because it was bought while I was in Hawaii many years ago. It was one that had flown over the USS Arizona Memorial. It has been displayed only once outside my home, the day of the 9/11 attack in New York.

    What a wonderful post you have shared for July 4!

    Ross Mannell
    Teacher (retired), Australia

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