You can find the instructions and a much better version of the United States here. I made two on the same cookie sheet and the bottom of the United States ran together and really messed it up. Making Texas huge and Florida too short. Bummer!
The only changes I would make is to use cookie dough from scratch. I didn't care for the store bought stuff. I also slid a map of the United States under the parchment paper and then carefully slid it out when done instead of tracing it on the parchment paper. Oh, and you might not want to put your cookies too close together if baking two on one sheet! :)
Our 4th will consist of grilling out, parades, fireworks, a gathering with friends and hopefully a project or two worked on. Happy 4th of July!
May your day be filled with joy and contentment!