Independence Day, commonly known as The 4th of July, is a day celebrating the signing of the Declaration of Independence and the rights and freedoms bestowed upon us by the men and women who struggled to establish a new nation over 230 years ago.
It is a day of parades, picnics, outdoor concerts and of course fire work displays.
Below are links to some information on the Day, celebrations in Kansas and associated topics.
SOME BASIC RESOURCES
Basic Readings in U. S. Democracy
Our Flag / U.S. Congress, Joint Committee on Printing, 2003. (H. doc./108th Congress, 1st session; 108-97)
(You'll need Adobe Acrobat software to view this document online)
Fun facts about the Fourth of July (U.S. Census Bureau )
Today in History – July 4th from the Library of Congress
Decarlation of Independence (National Archives "Charters of Freedom" web site)
The Fourth Of July (from FirstGov.gov)
Star Spangled Banner (Smithsonian)
(Though the original poem was written during the War of 1812 we're including it here as it is very much a part of 4th of July celebrations)
KANSAS 4th OF JULY ACTIVITIES
4th of July Celebration at Fort Leavenworth
Fourth of July Celebration
(Kansas City, Missouri)
Star Spangled Spectacular
(Overland Park/Shawnee Mission)
SEARCHING OUR ONLINE CATALOG (ATLAS)
Click on any of the following headings to browse through lists of material available at the State Library of Kansas, the Kansas State Historical Society (partial holdings for KSHS ) and other research libraries in Topeka, Kansas.
Fourth of July
United States. Declaration of Independence
United States. Continental Congress
United States--History--Revolution, 1775-1783
Check out the ATLAS Catalog for other resources: http://topekalibraries.info/search
If you see something you'd like to borrow from the State Library of Kansas or have further questions feel free to contact us