The 4th of July is only a few weeks off. I shall not be with my grandchildren that day so I am going to send to their mailboxes 4th of July postcards.
These postcards come from my favorite source of cards: http://www.zazzle.com/
Fourth of July Facts
On each card I’ll include a historical fact about the 4th of July or the American flag. I’ll pick something that will interest each child from these random bits of information.
On July 4, 1776, the United States was born. We celebrate its birthday each year as the 4th of July with parades, picnic, speeches and fireworks.
In 1776 the new nation of the United States was comprised of 13 states or colonies. The population of all 13 states put together was 2.5 million. At the census in 2010 the population of the city of Chicago was about 2.5 million. Imagine all the people living in Chicago spread out among the 13 states. They weren’t very crowded.
The American flag has a star for every state. The first flag sewn by Betsy Ross had 13 stars – one for each state. When a state joined the union (the United States), another star was added and a new flag came into being. Illinois became the 21st state in 1818. In 1819 the new flags had 21 stars. Missouri became the 24th state in 1821. The United States needed another new flag – one that would have 24 stars.
Benjamin Franklin, one of the leaders of the new United States, wanted the wild turkey to be named the national bird. However, Thomas Jefferson and John Adams voted against the turkey. They suggested the bald eagle. The bald eagle became the national bird of the United States.
Fourth of July Riddles
Whenever my grandchildren receive a post card from me, they expect to see a riddle on it. I have some riddles and will put one on each child’s post card.
Why did the duck say “bang?” He was a firequacker.
What did one flag say to the other? Nothing. It just waved.
What’s red, white, blue and green? A patriotic pickle.
Why did the British soldiers wear red coats? To hide among the tomato plants.
Thank you for stopping by Grandma in the Mailbox. Next week is recipe day. I decided that I wanted to bake some 4th of July cookies for my grandchildren. Stop by to see how they turned out and get a copy of the recipe. See you again soon.