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FIREWORKS for the Fourth

Word of the Week

Pyrotechnics(pai-row-tek-niks): The art of making or displaying fireworks. Derived from Greek “pyr” meaning fire and “tekhnikos” meaning made by art.

Are you noticing any pattern here? There are many words in the English language that find their origins in Greece!


Gram here! Sending wishes for a Happy Independence Day or Fourth of July to all of you!

If you know me at all, you know that I am a big fan of facts- both informational and quirky. Thought I would share a few that are related to the holiday. I’m so excited to begin a weekend of celebrating!

I know this may be hard to believe but it was 244 years ago that the Declaration of Independence was signed. Yup 07-04-1776. . .do the math! That one document announced to the world that the first settlers were officially no longer under the rule of Great Britain. Just imagine what our lives might be like if that had not happened!

Soo. . .when did the tradition of setting off fireworks on this special day begin? July 4, 1777! It began in Philadelphia during the first organized celebration of Independence Day.

Even though there was a big celebration from the beginning, it wasn’t until 1941 that the Fourth of July was recognized as a National holiday!

Oh- and one more thing! Did you catch the k sound in our "word of the week"? Do you see it anywhere else?

Well, I could go on and on, but I’m sure you’re excited to see this week’s activity. We’re going to create our own artistic fireworks with just a few supplies. Take a peek, and give it a try! Add to your festivities with your own unique artwork. E-mail us a picture of your masterpiece, and we will feature it on our website. Be sure to include your first name, age, and the city you live in. Can't wait to see what you create!


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