4th of July/Memorial Day Traditions
Show your pride in your American heritage with 4th of July displays and songs. Do you know how to display the flag, which days to fly the flag, and the history of Old Glory? We trace the roots of this important American icon. There are many other traditional 4th of July icons, such as military medals, the National Anthem, the Statue of Liberty, and the Declaration of Independence. Learn about each of them in our guides. If a song is what you're looking for to celebrate the 4th of July, look no further than our patriotic songbook. We share the lyrics to such classics as "America the Beautiful," "My Country, 'Tis of Thee," "The Star-Spangled Banner," and "You're a Grand Old Flag." Maybe decorating is your 4th of July tradition. We've collected great ideas for red-white-and-blue home decor, plus patriotic centerpieces, outdoor displays, simple picnic ideas, and more. And since the 4th of July offers a great opportunity for a summertime celebration with family and friends, check out our 4th of July recipes, including potluck ideas, theme desserts, picnic foods, and grilled chicken and burgers.
More 4th of July Fun & History
Celebrating Old Glory
The American flag was once called "Old Glory." Find other fun flag facts here.
Flag Dates to Remember
Mark your calendars! Fly your stars and stripes on these important dates.
How to Display the Flag
Before raising your American flag, know these dos and don'ts from the Federal Flag Code.
A Salute to Medals & Insignias
Know the difference between military medals and insignias, and get tips on how to display them.
A Salute to Our National Anthem
Learn a little bit of the history behind our glorious National anthem.
A Salute to Patriotic Souvenirs
Pay tribute to your history by using family souvenirs and treasures in your everyday decorations.
A Salute to Patriotic Stamps
Get tips on how to use vintage stamps in crafts projects and decorations.
A Salute to Special Recipes
It's easy to forget that necessary ingredients were once rationed.
A Salute to the Statue of Liberty
Our Lady Liberty is a symbol of freedom and democracy. Learn her history here.
A Salute to Those Who Help from Home
A salute to all of the seamstresses who used their skills to make quilts, blankets, and more for those in need.
A Salute to Uniform Buttons
Get new ideas on how to display old military uniform buttons.
Declaration of Independence
Read each and every word of our nations Declaration of Independence.
Here are inspiring quotes of hope, freedom, and wisdom from political, religious, and spiritual leaders.
Organize a Neighborhood 4th of July Parade
Take these eight simple steps to a fun Fourth of July neighborhood parade.
Home on the Range
Though it's the state song of Kansas, these patriotic lyrics represent all U.S. settlers, cowboys, and farmers.
My Country, 'Tis of Thee
Let freedom and the lyrics of this patriotic song ring throughout your home.
Stars and Stripes Forever
The Stars and Stripes Forever is the official National March. Sing along at games and parades.
The Star-Spangled Banner
Did you know there is more to the National Anthem than the words that are sung before sporting events?
You're a Grand Old Flag
This patriotic song was once the big hit in the 1906 musical, George Washington, Jr.