The country may be divided into factions that fight for their respective ideals—political, religious, economic, etc. But the upcoming Independence Day only means one thing to every American: a celebration of 241 years of freedom.
To the bibliophiles who want to bask in the glory of that freedom, LitFire has prepared a list of books for you to read over the weekend. From historical accounts on the American Revolution to picture books that spark patriotism among young readers, these books embody what Independence Day is all about.
Enlightening Independence Day books for history buffs:
- 1776 by David McCullough
- Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings: An American Controversy by Annette Gordon-Reed
- Preserve, Protect, and Defend the Constitution by Bill Terrel
Selection for patriotic and proud Americans:
- The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner
- Women Heroes of the American Revolution: 20 Stories of Espionage, Sabotage, Defiance, and Rescue by Susan M. Casey
- For Liberty and Equality: The Life and Times of the Declaration of Independence by Alexander Tsesis
Gripping Independence Day read for historical fiction enthusiasts:
- The Winter of Red Snow: The Revolutionary War Diary of Abigail Jane Stewart, Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, 1777 by Kristiana Gregory
- Phoebe the Spy by Judith Berry Griffin and illustrator Margot Tomes
- Journey into Darkness: A Story in Four Parts by J. Arthur Moore
Informative and engaging children’s books for young Americans:
- George Washington for Kids: His Life and Times with 21 Activities by Brandon Marie Miller
- Story of “The Star-Spangled Banner” by Patricia A. Pingry
- Apple Pie Fourth of July by Janet S. Wong and illustrator Margaret Chodos-Irvine
Whether you plan to go away for the 4th of July weekend or stay at home to watch the fireworks from your window, these books are consummate Independence Day reads that will light up your patriotic spirit.