The Fourth of July is a time for our nation to display symbols of our patriotic pride from decorations of flags and bunting to patriotic patios and desserts. During the summer months red, white and blue cover the nation. 

One of the most widely-recognized ways to show patriotic pride is to hang one or more flags. When hanging a flag, it’s important to do so respectfully by following the rules of flag etiquette. Flags at night should be properly illuminated and the flag should be removed in inclement weather. When displaying the flag from your porch, place the union section at the peak of the staff. When displaying the flag against a wall or on a window, place the union section at the top left corner. When displaying the flag on your vehicle, clamp the staff to the right front fender. When displaying with another flag, place the U.S. flag to your left when crossed. It’s important to keep in mind that the flag should not touch anything below it or rest on the ground. 

With patriotic bunting, the issue is style rather than code. Bunting hung from porches provides an extra touch and splash of patriotism. Dress up the porch, patio, deck or other outdoor spaces with outdoor furniture, pillows, banners, containers and other accessories in red, white and blue. Create a patriotic patio garden with red, white, and blue flowers. 

For those planning to host or attend a Fourth of July celebration, creating a red, white and blue dish can be another simple way to show patriotism. For a light and fruity treat, pair strawberries, Maine blueberries and whipped cream with a classic white cake.

Entertaining and decorating for the Fourth of July elicits feelings of nostalgia and thankfulness. Once a year, on the Fourth of July, we gather with our friends and family to celebrate our nation. A nation built on the belief that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. What a reason to celebrate.