Bet You Didn't Know: History of Independence Day

This clip describes the history of Independence Day and includes some fun facts about it. It explains the reason for the holiday and mentions several traditions, such as setting off fireworks.

Public Discussion Questions


  1. Why do some people think Independence Day should be celebrated on July 2nd?
  2. Which of the Founding Fathers passed away on July 4th?
  3. How has Independence Day been celebrated?

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This clip is associated with the following standards:
  • Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills - Social Studies
    The student understands that holidays are celebrations of special events. The student is expected to:
  • Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills - Social Studies
    explain the reasons for national patriotic holidays such as Presidents' Day, Veterans Day, and Indep...
  • Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills - Social Studies
    identify customs associated with national patriotic holidays such as parades and fireworks on Indepe...
  • Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills - Social Studies
    The student understands that holidays are celebrations of special events. The student is expected to:
  • Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills - Social Studies
    describe the origins of customs, holidays, and celebrations of the community, state, and nation such...
  • Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills - Social Studies
    explain the significance of the following dates: 1607, founding of Jamestown; 1620, arrival of the P...
  • Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills - Social Studies
    analyze and evaluate the text, intent, meaning, and importance of the Declaration of Independence an...
  • Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills - Social Studies
    identify how the American beliefs and principles reflected in the Declaration of Independence and th...

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