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Fourth of July
Submitted by: Christina Thompson, Freeman
Audience
• Pre-school
Books
Thump, Thump, Rat-a-Tat-Tat by:Gene Baer
A distant marching band grows larger and louder as it nears, and then softer and smaller as it goes away again.

(Great book to make interactive. Start off telling it softly and have the children make the drum sounds. You get louder and louder and then softer and softer as the parade passes).
Wow! America! by:Robert Neubecker
Izzy chases her little sister Jo down the mountainand across the country!The girls head off on a fantastic journey, rowing down the Mississippi, eating pies at a Kentucky state fair, marveling at Niagara Falls and enormous California sequoias. Izzy and Jo take readers on a trip that celebrates what makes America amazing, from cowboys and canyons to salmon and spaceships.
You're a Grand Old Flag by:George M. Cohan and Warren Kimble
Presents the complete text of this patriotic song that was written for a Broadway musical. Fun to read first and then sing along to.
Songs
Marching in the Parade
(sung to Battle Hymn of the Republic)

We are marching, marching, marching in the big parade today.
We are marching, marching, marching in the big parade today.
We are marching, marching, marching in the big parade today.
We love the USA!

other verses:
Waving, waving, waving in the big parade today....
Drumming, drumming, drumming in the big parade today....
5 Little firecrackers
5 little firecrackers standing in a row.
One gets lit and off it goes.
It zips up high with a zoom, zoom, zoom.
Here it go BOOM, BOOM, BOOM!

(make the BOOMS as loud as you can. This can be a finger play or a flannelboard).
If You Love the USA
(sung to the tune of If You're Happy and You Know It)

If you love the USA,
Clap your hands.
If you love the USA,
Clap your hands.
If you love the USA,
Clap your hands and shout,
HOORAY!
If you love the USA,
Clap your hands.

Other verses:
Slap your knees...
Stomp your feet...
Do all three...
Craft
Firecracker Hat
http://jas.familyfun.go.com/arts-and-crafts?page=CraftDisplay&craftid=11483

To simplify for a crowd, you can omit the stars sticking out of the top of the hat and use just a few red and white stripes.