Celebrating Independence Day
What is your family’s unique way of celebrating the Fourth of July? For us, it’s a special day in more ways than one. Three years ago tomorrow, we brought Pumpkin home from the hospital â€” nine weeks to the day after she was born. So for us, it’s not just our nation’s independence we’re celebrating, but Pumpkin’s independence from the NICU. That said, I hope to start teaching her about the larger meaning of the holiday and why we are grateful to be living here in America. If you’re looking for ideas for family activities, here is a link to the <a href=”http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Declaration_of_independence” target=”_blank”>Wikipedia entry on Independence Day</a>. Here is the <a href=”http://www.archives.gov/exhibits/charters/declaration.html” target=”_blank”>Declaration of Independence</a> at the National Archives. Every year, National Public Radio offers an audio reading of the declaration. Here is a <a href=”http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=11703583″ target=”_blank”>link to last year’s recital</a>.