Fireworks</li></li></ul><li>But… WHY do we celebrate the 4th of July in America?<br />Anyone have a guess? <br />
Imagine…<br />An older brother or sister told you what to do all the time and also kept taking your hard earned money! <br />Would you get mad?<br />
Well, that’s what happened in America between Britain and the colonists…<br />Vs.<br />BRITAIN<br />COLONISTS<br />
<ul><li>Britain made lots of rules for the colonists to follow.
And made them pay lots of taxes.</li></li></ul><li>On July, 4th, 1776 the leaders of the colonists agreed on the “Declaration of Independence” which told Britain the colonists were going to become their own country. <br />
Now… the “Declaration of Independence” didn’t make everything better… there was a lot more fighting between the British and the colonists but it was a start and that’s whywe still celebrate it today! <br />It reminds us of the “birth of our country”- it is like a big birthday party for America!<br />
But… let’s back up a bit…<br />It’s great the 4th of July gives us a reason to PARTY! But why were the British bossing around the colonies in the first place? And who were these colonists??? <br />
This summer we’re going to take a trip back in time… to COLONIAL AMERICA!<br />Colonial America<br />
Before we begin… what do you already know about Colonial America? It is ok if you don’t know a lot- that’s why we’re going to learn about them!<br />Think about:<br /><ul><li>How many colonies were there?