Guided Primary Source Analysis: Celebrating America

July 4th fireworks, Washington, D.C.

What do you see in this image? Jot down notes about what you see. What do you think about the details you noticed? How does this source make you feel? What questions do you have?

Read the article from America’s Library, Independence Day: Americans Celebrate the Birth of Their Nation, then answer the question at the end about how you celebrate.

Why do you think we have fireworks display on July 4th, the day the U.S. celebrates its birth as a country? Do you think it is important for citizens to celebrate the birth of their country? Why or why not?

What other observations, reflections or questions does this source inspire? Let us know!

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