Americans across the country and around the world celebrated the country's Independence Day yesterday with parades, fireworks and ceremonies meant to mark the nation's 235th birthday.
In Afghanistan, troops received a visit from General David Petraeus, the top military commander there, and participated in a flag-raising ceremony. At Monticello, the former home of founding father Thomas Jefferson, hundreds of immigrants became American citizens in a naturalization ceremony. And, presidential candidates making a run for the 2012 Republican nomination walked parade routes in New Hampshire and Iowa, shaking hands and spreading the word about their campaigns.
While fireworks dotted the night sky across most of the country, people in parts of the southwestern U.S. affected by drought and wildfires were not allowed to launch fireworks because of the risk of sparking more fires.
"It's just an honor. It's an honor to serve our country." - American soldier, Afghanistan
1. What is the significance of Independence Day?
2. What are the historical origins of Independence Day?
3. What was the Declaration of Independence?
1. List each of the events mentioned in this video. How does each one celebrate or honor America? Which do you think is the best way to celebrate Independence Day, and why?
2. Do you think Independence Day is important? Why or why not?
3. How do you celebrate Independence Day? Why do you celebrate in that way?
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