4th of July English Vocabulary
Whenever I sat in Spanish class I would look at the vocabulary list and wonder if I was in a Spanish speaking country, would I ever use that word? Of course, native speakers use these words, but would I actually use them? How many times do you say squirrel (ardilla – Spanish)? Any word that you learn is good, but as far as practical use for a non-native speaker we need to revise these vocabulary lists. With this in mind and realizing that the 4th of July, the United States’ independence day, is just around the corner I decided to create a list of words about our independence day that you will most likely use if you were in the US celebrating with us.
Anthem – a song of praise.
Backyard – an area in back of a house
Ball game – refers to a game that uses a ball: baseball, kickball, football
Barbeque – to broil or roast (meat, fish, etc.) over hot coals or an open fire
Camping – to go to the woods and erect a tent and stay in the tent
Celebrate – to do something special or enjoyable for an important event, occasion, holiday, etc.
Crowd – a group of people who spend time together or have something in common
Explode – to suddenly break apart in a violent way with parts flying outward
Explosion – the sudden, loud, and violent release of energy that happens when something (such as a bomb) breaks apart in a way that sends parts flying outward
Fair – a temporary place where people set up booths to show or to sell. There are usually rides to go on and food to eat.
Family – a group of people who are related to each other
Firecrackers – a small paper cylinder that is filled with an explosive and that produces a loud noise when it explodes
Fireworks – a display where fireworks are exploded
Flag – a usually rectangular piece of fabric of distinctive design that is used as a symbol (as of a nation), as a signaling device, or as a decoration
Floats – a vehicle with a platform used to carry an exhibit in a parade
Food – the things that people and animals eat
Freedom -liberation from slavery or restraint or from the power of another
Grill – to cook (food) on a metal frame over fire
Heat – warmth, esp. a lot of warmth
Holiday – a special day of celebration: a day when most people do not have to work
Independence -the time when a country or region gains political freedom from outside control
National -owned and controlled or operated by a national government
Old Glory – Old Glory is a nickname for the flag of the United States.
Outdoors -outside a building : not inside a building
Parade – a public celebration of a special day or event that usually includes many people and groups moving down a street by marching or riding in cars or on special vehicles (called floats)
Patriotic -having or showing great love and support for your country
Picnic – a meal that is eaten outdoors especially during a trip away from home
Pyrotechnics – a bright display of fireworks that requires skill
Safety – freedom from harm or danger
Shindig -a big party
Sparklers -a type of firework that you hold in your hand and that throws off very bright sparks as it burns
Sunburn – to burn or discolor by the sun
Vacation – a period of time that a person spends away from home, school, or business usually in order to relax or travel
Veteran – someone who fought in a war as a soldier, sailor, etc.
Wave -to float, shake, or move back and forth because of wind
Definitions provided by: Merriam-Webster’s Learner’s Dictionary