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Fourth of July Rhymes and Songs

4th of July Poems and Songs

Patriotic Poems and Songs
4th of July rhymes and songs


Children will learn and recite poems and songs.


  • Small flags

Way Up in the Sky
(Tune: Row, Row, Row Your Boat)

Provide children with small flags or let them make their own. Then let them wave their flags and march as they recite/sing the following poem:

Wave, wave, wave the flag,
Hold it very high.
Watch the colors gently wave,
Way up in the sky.
March, march, march around,
Hold the flag up high.
Wave, wave, wave the flag,
Way up in the sky.

Designs in the Sky
(Tune: Frere Jacques)

Fourth of July, Fourth of July,
It is fun, it is fun.
A picnic in the park,
And then after dark,
Designs in the sky, Fourth of July.

On the Fourth of July
(Tune: London Bridge)

It’s our country’s birthday,
Birthday, birthday.
It’s our country’s birthday,
On the Fourth of July!

On Independence Day!
(Tune: Mary Had a Little Lamb)

Fireworks go snap, snap, snap!
Crack, crack, crack!
Zap, zap, zap!
Fireworks make me clap, clap, clap
On Independence Day!

Whose Birthday Is It?
Author Unknown

Some birthdays come in winter,
Some birthdays come in spring.
On birthdays there are games to play
And lots of songs to sing.

My favorite birthday is in July,
And it doesn't belong to me!
It's the birthday that lights up the sky
For all the world to see!

Rockets glare, trumpets blare,
And bands begin to play.
Happy Birthday America,
It's Independence Day!

Our Flag
Author Unknown

I love to see the starry flag
That floats above my head.
I love to see its waving folds
With stripes of white and red.
“Be brave,” say the red stripes.
“Be pure,” say the white.
“Be true,” say the bright stars.
“And stand for the right.”

Down at the Flagpole
(Tune: Down at the Station)

Down at the flagpole,
Early in the morning,
We will raise our flag,
The red, white, and blue.
We stand at attention,
It's something that we do.
We salute the colors,
The red, white, and blue.

Fireworks in the Sky
(Tune: Row, Row, Row Your Boat)

Boom, crack, whistle, pop!
Fireworks in the sky.
See them lighting up the night,
On the Fourth of July.
Red, blue, gold, and green,
With fireworks we say,
"Happy Birthday, America,
It's Independence Day!"

Colors of Our Flag
(Tune: Three Blind Mice)

Red, white, and blue
Red, white, and blue
Colors of our flag
Colors of our flag
Soon it will be the Fourth of July
And that, you know, is the reason why
We sing about our country's flag
Red, white, and blue


Fourth of July Concert
Have children march and sing patriotic songs such as America the Beautiful, Star Spangled Banner, Yankee Doodle Dandy, My Country ‘Tis of Thee, and This Land Is Your Land.

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Summer Activities

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Water Balloon Toss

Fill red, white, and blue balloons with water. Have children form teams of two and give each pair a balloon. Have each pair face each other and gently toss the balloons back and forth. Have children take a step back after each toss. The team that tosses the its balloon the furthest without it breaking is the winner.

Variation: Give each pair two balloons, one to each player, and have them toss their balloons at the same time.

Red, White, and Blue
(Tune: Are You Sleeping?)

What is red?
What is blue?
What is white? What is white?
What has 50 stars?
What has 13 stripes?
It's our flag. It's our flag.