It’s almost springtime! We’ve made sure all our clocks are changed and we’re getting our green thumbs ready to go into the garden. Speaking of GREEN things, we can’t wait to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day!
St. Patrick’s Day is one of our favorite holidays! We love it so much that we went to Ireland in App 2, Chicago’s Green River Leads to the Emerald Isle. How did we get from Chicago to Ireland? Well, we had help from Truman for sure. Liberty and the gang traveled to Chicago, Illinois to see the great St. Patrick’s Day parade paying homage to some of the early immigrants to America. That made Liberty wonder what Ireland was like on St. Patrick’s Day. Check out this fun adventure in App 2, Chicago’s Green River Leads to the Emerald Isle to learn more fun Chicago-Ireland connections.
Did you know…
Over 35 million Americans list “Irish” as their heritage according to the US Census, while Ireland’s actual population is around 4.8 million. That means there’s more Irish people in America than there are in Ireland! You better believe we are going to celebrate the Emerald Isle in style!
Every year in Chicago the St. Patrick’s Day parade starts with dyeing of the river. This happens on a Saturday whether or not St. Patrick’s Day is actually on a Saturday. Chicago isn’t the only city to throw a big parade, most big cities across America have one. The top 5 big ones for your bucket list are New York (the biggest parade around), Chicago, Boston (the longest running parade), Savannah, and Kansas City in Missouri. Don’t forget to wear your green and celebrate on the 17th, the day where we’re ALL Irish!
March also happens to be Women’s History month. Did you know the President has to make a formal proclamation to Congress for a group to be celebrated for a whole month? That’s a great achievement for women to be recognized for their heroic, pioneering efforts and accomplishments in history.
One of our favorite women in history has to be the great adventurer, Amelia Earhart. She is highly regarded as a woman who broke down the walls of tradition and blazed a trail all her
own. Imagine a world where it was unheard of for a woman to be a passenger in an airplane, not to mention flying an airplane on her own. Amelia had a passion for aviation and went after her dreams, setting record after record. People took notice of her bravery and she became a sought after aviator, lecturer, and writer.
Amelia Earhart’s last flight was her most ambitious endeavor, a flight around the world. As the story goes, she never made it to the final destination and her disappearance remains a mystery. In her short time on Earth, Amelia broke down barriers for women in the work force as well as provided inspiration for all women that wish to fulfill their dreams, whatever they might be. We at World of Liberty believe she is truly a heroine to be remembered this month.
We also LOVE Frida Kahlo. Do you know who Frida Kahlo was? She was only one of the most talented artists from Mexico. She was most known for her self taught ability to depict her pain and culture in self portraits. After a bus accident, Frida suffered injuries that would plague her for the rest of her life, requiring 35 operations. In her time of solace, she honed her skills and became well known for her spirit of feminism. Always controversial, Frida never strayed from her passion or let anyone change her. Stay focused on being who you are, find the best way to show others what makes you unique and you will inspire the world.
That’s what Women’s History month is all about. Learning about the past to inspire a better future. Perhaps your school will be one of the lucky ones to enlist a woman performer to come tell the story of one of our many brilliant women of history.
March is one of our favorite months because you can feel the promise of Spring and the chance to play outside is within our reach. Some children aren’t as lucky as Liberty and her friends. Some children are stuck inside because they are sick. This month you can support Children’s Hospital by supporting local businesses who are participating in the Make March Matter drive. All month long you can help raise awareness for children’s health needs. Because every child should be able to enjoy the promise of Spring.
We just love all the fun activities we get to celebrate in Spring. But there’s nothing like a patriotic celebration! Patriotism is one of our favorite things and this month we celebrate a special time in our history called Patriot’s Day, which falls on April 17th this year. It is always observed on the 3rd Monday of April. If you live in Massachusetts or Maine, it’s actually a state holiday, that means a day off from work and school for most folks. Patriot’s Day pays tribute to the battles of Lexington and Concord in 1775, which marked the beginning of the American Revolution.
I’m sure you’ve heard the phrase “The red coats are coming! The red coats are coming!” Well, that is the shout of Paul Revere on his infamous midnight ride to warn the patriots to prepare for war. It worked too. Thanks to Paul Revere, the townspeople were able to assemble in enough time to fight off the British attack the following day.
These early battles are important for American history because they were the first great steps towards Independence from the British Empire and creation of what would become the United States of America. You can find re-enactments of these events on Patriot’s Day especially in Boston. For schools that remain open, which is most schools, it’s a great opportunity to learn about the beginnings of our great nation and the bravery of the people that helped form our country. As history goes, the colonists prevailed and eventually claimed victory from British rule.
Woohoo! Our ancestors rocked!!! We want to help Keep America Beautiful to honor their memory. One way to do that is by signing up with KAB(Keep America Beautiful). KAB helps communities come together and beautify their local neighborhoods. Ask an adult to help you find a local chapter of KAB near you. It’s easy! Just click HERE and enter your email and zip code. The KAB website will connect you with your local chapter and you’ll be on your way to Keeping America Beautiful! Once you’ve signed up you can celebrate your awesomeness on April 20, Volunteer Recognition Day!
You could also give yourself a high five! April 21st was declared National High Five Day in 2002 by college students at the University of Virginia. We can only imagine how many high fives were fived that day. Where did the high five come from…isn’t it funny to imagine a world without high fives? There’s actually a couple origin stories of the first documented high fives. Both stem back to the 1970’s and both are related to sports. The best time to high five is when you win whether it’s for a home run, a slam dunk, or a job well done. High Five Day is for everyone to high five as many people as they can and we guarantee you’ll be smiling all day. Certain organizations even try to hold high five contests to raise money for good. Check out events that might take place near you.
This month we are muy muy emocionado to be celebrating Cinco de Mayo! Do you know why we celebrate Cinco de Mayo here in America? Cinco de Mayo was actually started by a group of students attending California State University. These students wanted a way to bring awareness to their culture and celebrate their chicano history. That’s how Cinco de Mayo was born.
On May 5th we celebrate the courage of the Mexican people during La Batalla de Puebla. So while you’re eating nachos, playing with a piñata or enjoying a mariachi band raise your glass in honor of the Mexican people! You can learn a little more about Mexico in App 3, Paintings, Plains and Pioneers! Diversity brings so much joy to our culture here in America.
We hope you have something special planned for Mother’s Day this year because we sure do. Our mom’s do so much hard work every day and on Mother’s Day it’s important to tell them just how special they are. You don’t have to take your mom to a fancy brunch or buy her expensive jewelry, all you have to do is let her know that her love and sacrifice means the world to you. We can’t wait for you to get to know Liberty’s mom in our next app. Her name is Jackie Lane, and she is voiced by the marvelous Nancy Linari! Keep an eye out for a sneak peek this month.
Memorial Day is almost here and that means that summer is on the horizon! So many great barbecues and get togethers happen on this three day weekend. We encourage you to take a moment while you’re together with your loved ones to remember the ultimate sacrifice paid by so many men and women who fought for our freedom.
On Memorial Day we honor the dead for the sacrifice they made in fighting for freedom in America. We honor their sacrifice by remembering them and continuing the crusade by, “rising up in their stead and continuing the fight for liberty and justice for all.” (USMemorialDay.org) If you can, find a local flag ceremony to attend. If not, here are some other great ways to celebrate Memorial Day…
We at World of Liberty are grateful for the sacrifices made by our service men and women and we are honored to live in a country of heroes.
We hope you have fun Springing into Spring this month!