For the past two years, my friends and I have performed a fun activism event on the Fourth of July. We have invaded the Fourth of July parade of Ocean Grove, New Jersey, and reminded the good citizens exactly why they were having such a nice party.
As we walked in the parade, we handed out pocket Constitutions and flyers reminding people exactly what the main message of the Fourth of July should be. The booklets, which also include the Declaration of Independence, contain the words on which this country was built. Far too little attention is paid to these words in today’s age, and on the Fourth of July especially, people would do well to look over them and think about their role in all of our everyday lives.
With red, white and blue clothes, our sandwich boards bearing the statements “Remember the System We Fought to Create” and “Honor America: Read the Constitution,” and American flag tote bags, we joined the parade. Though we were not sanctioned by the town, nobody minded our impromptu entrance. In fact, the other participants really liked us! The second year we did it, people even called out to us, “Hey! It’s the Constitution girls!”
All in all, this event was great fun and relatively inexpensive to put together. The supplies for the sandwich boards, foam poster board and yarn, cost less than $10 at the local craft store. If you want to get fancy and have American flag tote bags, buy a few flags for 99 cents and pin them onto your book bag. Several hundred copies of the flyers can be printed at a store for around $25 (or for free if your mom’s boss is really nice!).
I have attached the flyer that I wrote. Feel free to use it, to tweak or add to it, or to just use the template and write your own!
The most difficult thing to acquire is the Constitutions themselves. YAL has a great pocket Constitution which you can get for free if your chapter chooses to do this event (just email Joshua.Parrish@yaliberty.org). Otherwise, you can purchase them yourself from the National Center for Constitutional Studies. A box of 200, which is about how many I used each year, costs $60.
Since July 4th is less than a week away, check to make sure you can get the Constitutions in time. Even if you cannot, you likely can do the event anyway. Make your signs colorful and your flyers informative. Engage in discussions and remind your fellow citizens that the fireworks and hot dog eating contest are not the main focus of Independence Day. On the Fourth of July, we celebrate the start of the great experiment in Freedom and self-governance known as the United States of America.Published in