VIRTUAL PARADE AND SINGALONG!
Click HERE on July 4th to join The Civic Circle’s Virtual Parade and Singalong! Parade goes live at 9 a.m. on July 4th and can be viewed any time after that till 9 p.m.!
Before you join the parade, get ready! Wear something red, white or blue (or all three!) grab your flag or shaker, and print out the song sheets below! Gather the whole family, and plan your route, inside or outside!
Click HERE at noon (12 p.m.) on July 4th to join The Civic Circle’s LiveStream “Daily Antidotes of Song” via The Washington Revels & Carpe Diem Arts. Lea Morris will sing our song “The Citizen Tango” about the Seven Steps to Democracy!
SING, SING, SING!
Click HERE to upload Song Sheets to Sing Along!
America the Beautiful
Some people think America the Beautiful should be the U.S. national anthem. Do you agree? Visit Ben’s Guide to the U.S. Government HERE to learn about this timeless song.
Some people also think America the Beautiful is due for some new lyrics and verses. Do you agree? Come up with your own verse to America the Beautiful, send it to email@example.com, and we’ll post it on our website. Also see some verses other people have written, and submit your “America the Beautiful” verse to the “O Beautiful for …” project HERE.
Down by the Riverside
Down by the Riverside is an African American Spiritual that dates back before the Civil War, and has often been sung at anti-war, civil rights and anti-discrimination protests.
Watch Raffi sing “Down by the Riverside” HERE.
Watch this “Playing for Change” version of “Down by the Riverside” HERE.
How are they different? Which do you like better? Write your own verse to “Down by the Riverside,” staring with “I’m going to …” What would you do to advance peace? Send your verse to firstname.lastname@example.org, and we will post it.
This Little Light of Mine
“This Little Light of Mine” is a gospel song also often sung at civil rights protests, but it was written as a children’s song in 1920 by Harry Dixon Loes.
Read the whole story of “This Little Light of Mine” and its role in the civil rights movement HERE.
Folksinger Pete Seeger learned the song from civil rights activist Zilphia Horton and made it famous. Watch Seeger sing it HERE.
A few years back, a little boy named Caleb Serrano made a hit with his version. Watch Caleb HERE.
Listen to several other versions of “This Little Light of mine” HERE.
Write your own verse to “This Little Light of Mine.” Where do you want your light to shine? Send your verse to email@example.com, and we will post it on our website.
This Land is Your Land
Folksinger Woody Guthrie wrote “This Land is Your Land” in the 1940s, a time when a lot of people were poor and out of work in America.
Watch and sing HERE in this singalong version of “This Land is Your Land!”
Watch one of our favorite Spanish language versions by Sonia De los Santos HERE.
Write your own verse to “This Land is Your Land.” Start with “When I was walking …” and take it from there. How will your song tell the story of America? Send your verse to firstname.lastname@example.org, and we will post it.
Why July 4th?
On July 4, 1776, the nation’s founders signed the Declaration of Independence. They wanted to create a new kind of government, where the people had more say. Read all about it, at Ben’s Guide to the U.S. Government, HERE.
Why the American Flag?
We see our nation’s flag everywhere on July 4th. But what do you really know about the flag? What did it look like originally? Learn the whole story HERE.
Color or Create Your Own Flag!
Download your printable coloring page HERE.
Get a piece of printer or other paper, and create your own flag! What symbols and colors will it use? Let your flag tell a story! Send it to us at email@example.com.
The Star Spangled Banner
Watch below for the whole story about how Francis Scott Key wrote our national anthem during the War of 1812.
Watch below for one of our favorite renditions of the National Anthem, sung by Boyz II Men earlier this year.
African American artists, who have experienced how discrimination tainted the promise of freedom, have often reinterpreted the National Anthem. Watch jazz pianist Jon Batiste’s reinterpretation here.
Batiste has said he was inspired by Jimi Hendrix, who was one of the first African American music stars to reinterpret the National Anthem. Watch below.
PLAY, PLAY, PLAY!
Hunt down in your home objects (scarves, toys, clothes), that are red, white and blue. Put them together in a creative way. Take a photo of your creation and send it to us at firstname.lastname@example.org, and we will post it! While you’re at it, create a patriotic outfit for yourself!
July 4 Crossword Puzzle
Print out your July 4th Crossword Puzzle HERE. Be a good citizen, and turn over the Answer Page until you are done!