Most homeschooling families will celebrate the same as everyone else. For the more patriotic-minded, some will explore the historical background of July 4th, while some will actually get to go to museums within their city or historical sites in the nation that relate to our country’s beginnings. Above all these, we hope that all homeschoolers have learned why July 4, 1776 is called “Independence Day” and which day the Declaration of Independence was really signed. Come read the document that set our country free – here and take the Declaration Quiz.
This weekend is a great time to get out and have some fun with family, friends, neighbors, and even acquaintances such as your town’s immigrants and international students. These people, as well as new citizens and refugees, are usually quite curious about American traditions and holidays. Ask them how their country’s independence is celebrated and what the colors and symbols on their flag mean. And while you’re at it, why don’t you give them a reason to enjoy their stay while being away from their homeland? Invite them to watch the parade, go to a cookout, and especially to watch the fireworks – Almost every town in America will have them!
For the outgoing homeschoolers, we might also be more involved in this holiday than most students. We enjoy soaking up the knowledge, organizing events, performing in front of hundreds, and creating new ways to have fun. Did your home school co-op get together this weekend? Did you lead a game, recreate an ancestor’s special recipe, or visit some place new? Here’s some trivia: Did you know that one of Austin’s homeschool families not only owns a fireworks business but specially makes each firework and sets up shows? Visit Starlight Fireworks and give ’em a try!
Here in the Austin Metro, there will be LOTS of 4th of July parades. Some start the day before, but there are still plenty to be experienced on the 4th. There will also be tons of Fourth of July fun – some will be of the more traditional type, horseshoe tossing, 3-legged racing, and eating contests, while others will be more modern like the bouncy houses, splash pads, and movies. All of the festivities include loads of both traditionally American and separately Texan food, as well as plenty of patriotic music! Can you name the three most popular Independence Day songs you’ll hear this weekend? What are three other traditional patriotic songs?
Remember, our forefathers and military went through a lot of hullaballoo to gain our country’s freedom, so thank a military service person, thank a veteran! Be thankful today, have fun, and be safe. Check out the day’s line-up here: Austin 4th of July Events.
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Other events include:
* The Rhythm & Ribs Festival June 20, 2015 in Round Rock with the Buffalo Soldiers (http://tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/programs/buffalo-soldiers/)
* Join the Greater Austin Black Chamber for Soul Summit on Sunday, June 21, 2015 (http://austinbcc.org/events/soul-summit-a-conversation-about-race-identity-power-and-food/)
It’s Juneteenth, the day Texas — after holding out for over two years — officially recognized the Emancipation Proclamation and freed the slaves. Today, the event is marked by celebrations, from concerts to exhibits and more.
Serafia performs at the Javalina on Rainey Street in Austin, Texas, on Thursday, February 6, 2014. Members of Serafia’s band are Dan Kattan, guitar, Daniel Leivas, bass, and Cole Hoffpaiur, drums. (RODOLFO GONZALEZ / AMERICAN-STATESMAN)
Here are a few ways you can celebrate the day’s 150th anniversary:
- And Still We Rise: Race, Culture and Visual Conversations, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., runs Friday through Aug. 30 at Bullock Texas State History Museumm 1800 N. Congress Ave.
This exhibit includes over 50 handmade quilts, arranged in chronological order to tell the story of African Americans from 1619 to present day.
Check out some of the quilts before you go with this gallery.
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Wonderfully said! Many joys are yet to be had in our home.
Tomorrow best friends Alexandra Garcia and Joshua Germenis, two former English 5 students, exchange their vows. Bless you both for your commitment to the LORD and His plan for marriage. To your peers, you are an example; to us moms, you are our hope.
The only thing better than a homeschool graduation is a homeschool wedding. For those just starting their homeschool journey, these should be attended as often as possible. For us moms already in the trenches, these are nothing less than a kiss on the cheek from Jesus Himself.
For the uninitiated, however, these events are bound to be odd. It would certainly be helpful to know what you are getting into ahead of time, so you can mentally prepare. Without any further ado, you might be at a homeschool wedding if:
- The decorations, while elegant and thoughtful, are always homemade. Envision an assembly line of moms and…
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Care for the Kids in the Car –
Summers in Texas can get extremely HOT and when someone’s left in a car without a/c, ew baby, it can kill ’em – literally! Austin APD has a wonderful blog they’ve posted that lists the top hot car safety tips for preventing heat exhaustion and death of children, the disabled, and the elderly by being left in hot cars. Continue reading “Hot Days, Hot Kids”