Dress With Pride
Throughout summer, and on special national holidays, I try to wear my American pride apparel to show how grateful I am to be born into this country. I have a wide variety of outfits that I can rotate through during my summer months. It always brings me joy to see the American flag on clothing, walking around throughout the summer. Nothing says “Fourth of July” quite like a red, white and blue outfit.
It can be a tricky situation finding some higher quality apparel that is made in the U.S. that conveys the pride I feel knowing I get to be a part of this country. It doesn’t have to be anything too flashy, but respectful and dignified, like at americanswithprideapparel.com, where I can find a variety of pride pieces to fit my mood. I like to have a variety of pieces with accessories and items to match. When I am dressed for the Fourth of July, I want to be fully decked out. While it may seem like a small gesture, showing support to the country and your fellow country-men with a shirt, mug, or hat, can create a sense of camaraderie that tends to be contagious.
Fly the American Flag
I think it is important to showcase the flag all year round, which is why mine is always flying in front of my house. When flying a flag, there are a lot of important rules and regulations to follow. Before tossing your flag up on the pole, make sure you check out the official rules for flying a flag at https://www.usa.gov/flag.
Make sure if you do take it down after the holidays, the flag needs to be folded and stored properly so it is in tip-top shape for next year. Avoid having to burn and replace flags each season by getting a lidded container for the flag.
Celebrate With Pride
Now that you are dressed, flag-flying, it is time to go celebrate. To celebrate fully, find some great local celebrations, such as parades or firework shows. You can find and buy local produce for your BBQ, or support a local restaurant. You can always volunteer to help with the festivities, or provide needed services during them.
American pride is all about creating a sense of community, so invite your neighbors to join. It can be a great new tradition with new friends that can last a lifetime. Remember, this time of year is about enjoying the country we are lucky enough to live in, and creating a better one for our children to live in.
Just as important as showing your pride properly, don’t make these common mistakes when trying to portray your love of country. It is important to treat the country and its symbols with respect.