Building a culture of life is a daily goal. Here are some ways to celebrate America’s independence, culture-of-life style:
Pro-life Independence Day party
- Write an extra verse to one of your favorite patriotic songs (“My Country ‘Tis of Thee,” “Battle Hymn of the Republic,” “America the Beautiful,” “God Bless America,” etc.) that explains why freedom extends to preborn children and why each of us has a duty as Americans to protect the vulnerable.
Here’s an example to get you started (to the tune of “My Country ‘Tis of Thee”):
Our God in heav’n did give
The right for all to live–
Lord, guide our president,
And all our government.
Protect all children sent
This is our plea!
- Read the Declaration of Independence aloud at your party. Discuss what the Declaration means by our unalienable rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness as gifts from our Creator. Older children might enjoy writing and reciting a Declaration of Independence from Planned Parenthood.
- Pray a Patriotic Rosary for an end to abortion and threats to human dignity in our country.
- Play Pin the Stars on the Flag or another patriotic-themed game.
Pro-Life American History
- Read aloud the poem “Barbara Frietchie” by John Greenleaf Whittier. Discuss how Barbara Frietchie demonstrated her beliefs through nonviolent action.
- Read George Did It by Suzanne Tripp Jurmain. When the colonists asked George Washington to be president, he said no. Even great men like George Washington can be a little nervous about standing up for truth. Discuss how we each have a duty and responsibility to stand up for preborn children and how we shouldn’t let a little nervousness stand in our way.
- If you were Patrick Henry arguing to defund Planned Parenthood, what would you say? Rewrite Henry’s “Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death” speech to express your pro-life beliefs and perform for family members.
- Abraham Lincoln spoke out against slavery. Read this thought-provoking reflection from Priests for Life on why we should not stay silent about abortion.
- Ronald Reagan was president many years after Abraham Lincoln, but he fought another battle against injustice—abortion. His book Abortion and the Conscience of the Nation was the first time a sitting president wrote against abortion. Older students should read this book.
Want more pro-life patriotic lessons? Check out our Pro-life Citizenship digital download or learn about pro-life American heroes like Nellie Gray and St. Damien of Molokai. Find these and other pro-life lessons at our online store!
On July 4, we celebrate our nation’s independence from England—our birthday as a nation. We look forward to the day when we can celebrate humanity’s release from the oppression of abortion and the evils of the culture of death.