Friday, July 4, 2014

5 Field Trip Destinations to Celebrate Independence

5 Field Trips to Celebrate Independence

Some of our favorite field trips have been studying American History.  For Independence Day, we are sharing our top five, along with related quotes from voices of freedom.  If you would like to know more about them, click on the location names. 

Indepenence Hall, Philadelphia
Philadelphia, PA

We, therefore, the Representatives of the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the World for the Rectitude of our Intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly Publish and Declare, That these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be, FREE AND INDEPENDENT STATES...

The Declaration of Independence

Philadelphia, PA 

Where liberty dwells, there is my country.

Benjamin Franklin

Gettyburg Battlefield
Gettysburg, PA

It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us – that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they here gave the last full measure of devotion - that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain – that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom, and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.

Abraham Lincoln, Gettysburg Address, 1863 

Mount Vernon 
Mount Vernon, VA

 Observe good faith and justice towards all Nations. Cultivate peace and harmony with all. 

George Washington, Farewell Address, 1796

9/11 Memorial - Tower 1
9/11 Memorial (Twin Towers)
New York City, NY

Liberty must at all hazards be supported. We have a right to it, derived from our Maker.
But if we had not, our fathers have earned and bought it for us,
at the expense of their ease, their estates, their pleasure, and their blood.  

John Adams 1765

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  1. Great round up! I will pin this to my east coast board. Somehow my FTF link up didn't get the thumbnails set up :( But thanks for linking up!!

  2. I toured Mt. Vernon in 7th grade, but haven't visited any of the other places. I'd like to take my kids to all of them.

  3. I have always wanted to visit Mt. Vernon. We did do some sight seeing in Philly when we lived in that area and the girls were so small but we did take a trip to Gettysburg. We've not been in the area since 9/11. When we were there there was no memorial because the Twin Towers were still intact. What a need a idea for a blog post to share American History Field Trips!

  4. A few of these are on our must visit list. Mt. Vernon is at the top!

  5. What a fun round up. My children are so into early American history right now. Hopefully, I will find a way to visit some of these places one day before their passion for the topic subsides. And, if I don't, perhaps a later visit will bring their passion back!

  6. I forgot to mention, I am stopping by from the Field Trip blog hop. So fun to see great spots all over...

  7. I'd love to get to that side of the country someday and see all those amazing things!

  8. I've always wanted to see those sights in Philly - never have been there, but hope to one day!

  9. I hope so too! We'd love to show you around!

  10. When my oldest visited the Statue of Liberty on a school trip in 2007, my hubby took a picture of him and the towers were gone--just a big hole in the background. When we went back this fall, the new tower was's amazing to look at the pictures side by side.


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