Teaching with Historic Places and Declaring Independence

"Independence Day" evokes visions of sunny parades down historic mainstreets, red-white-and-blue frosted cakes, and bright, dazzling fireworks after dark. Declaring Independence is an American tradition since 1776 and the Revolution. Places like Independence Hall and Boston's public squares come to mind, but where else have Americans declared independence since the Founding?

What do historic places teach us about how to break bonds and seek freedom?


Students can investigate social studies topics related to the Declaring Independence theme with historic places found in the National Park Service and listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Browse the featured activities below or dive deep into the Teaching with Historic Places hub to access a variety of place-based educators' tools.

Last updated: July 2, 2018