July 4th writing prompts

4th of July Parade Paris Texas 2011

IT’S SUMMER. Your kids would rather ride bikes, toss a baseball, and run through the sprinklers than sit indoors “doing school.” Make writing time fun by taking clipboards, pencils, and papers outdoors, and inspire your kids with writing prompts that center on Independence Day.

  1. Copy, paste, and print out (or handwrite) these prompts on red, white, and blue paper strips. Place them in a jar.
  2. Have each child draw two slips of paper from the jar.
  3. Ask them to choose their favorite of the two. If you have a reluctant child, set the timer for 15 minutes.

Voila! A patriotic, short-and-sweet summer writing activity!

July 4th Writing Prompts

What does freedom mean to you? List five ways you can exercise your freedom.

Write a story using words from this Independence Day word bank.

Imagine watching a fireworks show with your family. In a burst of red, white, and blue, an urgent message suddenly appears in the night sky. What does it say? What will you do?

Write a story using these words: watermelon, fireworks, parade, thunderstorm, splash, race, disappeared, cousins, bicycle, dog. (Let younger children choose just 3-5 of these words for their story.)

Plan the perfect 4th of July barbecue or picnic. Make a list of foods you would serve. Then, choose one or two and describe them in detail to make them sound as tempting and mouth-watering as possible.

Imagine a 4th of July celebration that is filled with mishaps. Write a story that tells about three things that go wrong.

Write a letter to an imaginary friend who lives in another country. Explain why we celebrate Independence Day, and describe five things you like about living in America.

Write about your family’s 4th of July traditions. Where do you go? What activities do you do? What foods do you enjoy?

Create an acrostic:

  • Vertically on your paper, write either “INDEPENDENCE DAY” or “FOURTH OF JULY.”
  • Next to each letter, write a word, phrase, or sentence related to the holiday’s history or your family traditions. (For example, “J” could be Jefferson, Jefferson wrote the Declaration of Independence, or Juicy watermelon.)

If you could celebrate Independence Day anywhere in the country, which of these would you choose? What kinds of activities would you do?

  • Independence Hall, Philadelphia
  • Statue of Liberty
  • Baseball stadium with fireworks show
  • Small Midwestern town
  • On a yacht
  • Family reunion at the beach
  • Barbecue and swimming in your own back yard


Visit BusyTeacher.org for a collection of Independence Day printables and worksheets including 4th of July finger puppets, Old Glory worksheet, and a color-and-cut 4th of July visor!

Photo: Amy Claxton, courtesy of Creative Commons.
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#1 Stacey Lane on 07.02.12 at 7:48 am

Its Monday and time to print this list and get the kids writing about July 4th. Thanks for the ideas!

#2 Kim on 07.06.12 at 9:03 am

You’re welcome, Stacey! Hope they have fun with these prompts!

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