Happy 4th of July
July 4th: Independence Day of the United States, also referred to as the Fourth of July or July Fourth in the U.S., is a federal holiday commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, by the Continental Congress declaring that the thirteen American colonies regarded themselves as a new nation, the United States of America, an no longer part of the British Empire. Independence Day is commonly associated with fireworks, parades, barbecues, carnivals, fairs, picnics, concerts, baseball games, family reunions. Often neighborhoods have block parties where everyone brings a dish to share. They may set up a volleyball net or have a jumper for the children. The block may decorate in the morning and then enjoy the afternoon together with food, drinks and games. They may party into the night with fireworks if allowed.
Book 3 in our series English for the Spanish Speaker has a lesson about holidays that includes a story about the 4th of July. The series is bilingual and the stories are in English and Spanish. Below is the story about the 4th of July.
4th of July
Today is the Fourth of July. The day is sunny and warm. Enrique’s family goes to the park. He plays with his brothers and sisters. His mother and father cook dinner at the park. They eat hamburgers and potatoes. Enrique is hungry. He eats two big hamburgers. After dinner, they go to visit his father’s sisters. They have a surprise for the children. At a school near their house there is a fireworks show. They walk to the school to see the show. Enrique learned in school that the 4th of July is his country’s birthday. The holiday celebrates the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. He has read about how the United States won its freedom from England. When Enrique goes to bed he is tired, but happy that he had so much fun on the Fourth of July.
4 de Julio
Hoy es el 4 de Julio. El día está soleado y cálido. La familia de Enrique va al parque. Él juega con sus hermanos y hermanas. Su mamá y papá cocinan la cena en el parque. Comen hamburguesas y papas. Enrique tiene hambre. Se come dos hamburguesas grandes. Después de la cena, van a visitar a las hermanas de su papá. Tienen una sorpresa para los niños. En una escuela cerca de su casa hay un espectáculo de fuegos artificiales. Caminan a la escuela para ver el espectáculo. Enrique aprendió en la escuela que el 4 de Julio es el cumpleaños de su país. El día de fiesta celebra la adopción de la Declaración de la Independencia el 4 de julio de 1776. Ha leído sobre cómo Estados Unidos ganó su libertad de Inglaterra. Cuando Enrique se va a la cama, está cansado, pero feliz de haberse divertido tanto el Cuatro de Julio.
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