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The History of Independence Day- FHE Lesson

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Alma 46:12
And it came to pass that he rent his coat; and he took a piece thereof, and wrote upon it—In memory of our God, our religion, and freedom, and our peace, our wives, and our children—and he fastened it upon the end of a pole.



The Star-Spangled Banner | Hymn #340

1. Oh say, can you see, by the dawn’s early light,
What so proudly we hailed at the twilight’s last gleaming,
Whose broad stripes and bright stars, through the perilous fight,
O’er the ramparts we watched, were so gallantly streaming?
And the rockets’ red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof thru the night that our flag was still there.
Oh say, does that star-spangled banner yet wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave?

2. On the shore, dimly seen thru the mists of the deep,
Where the foe’s haughty host in dread silence reposes,
What is that which the breeze, o’er the towering steep,
As it fitfully blows, half conceals, half discloses?
Now it catches the gleam of the morning’s first beam,
In full glory reflected now shines on the stream;
‘Tis the star-spangled banner! Oh, long may it wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave!

3. Oh, thus be it ever, when free men shall stand
Between their loved homes and the war’s desolation!
Blest with vict’ry and peace, may the heav’n-rescued land
Praise the Pow’r that hath made and preserved us a nation!
Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just,
And this be our motto: “In God is our trust!”
And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave!




*Suitable for All Ages*

Read aloud: On July 4, America celebrates Independence Day. It is commonly referred to as the Fourth of July. We often celebrate with picnics, parades, and fireworks. Independence Day is definitely something to celebrate and we need to know why.

Independence Day honors an important day in American history. On July 4, 1776, the Continental Congress (a group of men from the thirteen American colonies), adopted the Declaration of Independence. The Declaration of Independence was a formal document declaring that the people of America no longer wanted to be under British rule and regarded themselves as a new nation.

One of the most memorable and powerful lines from the Declaration of Independence comes from the second paragraph:

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

Ask: How is this sentence and the gospel of Jesus Christ related?

Read aloud: Since 1776, many different forms of celebrations have taken place. Today, it is important to remember the men who were willing to help form this nation and all of those who have protected it since. While we celebrate, we need to thank God for the freedoms we enjoy and the reason behind Independence Day.

Ask: What are some ways we can honor our nation as we celebrate the Fourth of July?

Finish with your testimony about God’s love for his children and his desire for all men to be free. 



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FHE TreatTreat

Fourth of July Snack Mix


-1 cup milk chocolate chips
-4 cups Rice Chex cereal
-1 1/4 cups powdered sugar
-Peanut M&M’s in red, white, and blue
-1 cup Whoppers malted milk candy


1. Line a large baking sheet with wax paper or parchment. Put your 4 cups of cereal in a large mixing bowl. Set both aside.
2. Put the milk chocolate chips into a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on high for 30 seconds. Stir. Repeat in 30 second intervals until the chocolate is fully melted.
3. Use a large spoon to drizzle the melted chocolate over the cereal. Gently mix as you drizzle, making sure to coat the cereal evenly.
4. Place the powdered sugar in a 1 gallon zip-top bag.
5. Carefully scoop the chocolate-coated cereal into the bag with the powdered sugar. Seal the bag and shake it to cover the cereal with the powdered sugar.
6. Let sit for 1-2 minutes, then spread it out onto the prepared baking sheet. Let dry for 1 hour.
7. Put your cereal back in the large bowl and gently mix in the Whoppers and M&Ms.

(Courtesy of Baby Savers)


FHE Game / ActivityActivity

Painting Fireworks Activity

Fireworks aren’t just for the sky! Use some simple household objects to make fun fireworks paintings. You can get all of the instructions here!




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