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July 3rd, 2014 at 9:00 am

Why I Love the 4th of July


The 4th of July has always been my favorite holiday. When I was a kid, I woke up early and sang songs like the Star Spangled Banner and This Land Is Your Land at the top of my lungs.  I would unroll the family flag and my sister and I would have a flag ceremony where we would march from the back door to the front flag stand. We would hang the flag and then say the pledge of allegiance.

Here are some of the reasons I love the 4th of July…..

  • the colors – red, white and blue
  • parades
  • patriotic music played by bands
  • kids waving flags
  • decorated bikes and strollers
  • pinnacle of summer
  • barbecuing
  • s’more brownies
  • fireworks
  • lawn games
  • special outfits  to show patriotism
  • my mom wears her flag pin
  • snow cones
  • family gathered together
  • water games
  • God Bless the USA by Lee Greenwood

What are your favorite things about the 4th of July?



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June 26th, 2014 at 7:47 pm

4th of July Desserts


Fourth of July fun is only a week away and chances are you’re thinking about what goodies to make for the occasion. Keep a BBQ simple with the standard staples like burgers, hot dogs and side salads, but make sure you WOW with the desserts! Red, white and blue, stars, sprinkles and more, there are tons of festive dessert recipes that are as lovely to look at as they are to eat. Check out these great 4th of July desserts…which one will you make this year?

Sparkler Cupcakes 


American Flag Strawberry Shortcake


Jell-O Firecrackers


Spangled Ice Cream Sandwich Pops


Stars and Fruit Bowl


Inside American Flag Cake


4th of July Trifle


Strawberry Firecracker Cake Balls 


Star Spangled Ice Cream Pie


Red, White and Blue Tie Dye Cake


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July 4th, 2013 at 9:00 am

Happy 4th of July!


The 4th of July is an American favorite date for so many reasons.  We celebrate this glorious summer day off with parades, barbecues, baseball games, and fireworks.  But we are also commemorating this day in 1776, when the Declaration of Independence was signed and the United States of America was officially born.  The creators of this document believed in their new nation, as did the countless men who fought for independence during the American Revolution.  So while you’re enjoying your grilled hot dog and sitting underneath a spectacular fireworks show, remember that those men are the reason you are able to enjoy today.  And find a moment to remember today’s soldiers who continue to fight for our freedom.

Happy Birthday, USA!

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July 3rd, 2013 at 5:00 am

Forth of July Recipes


Independence Day, Fourth of July, whatever you call it, it’s the ultimate celebration of our great country, the United States of America! For as long as I can remember, in our family, this holiday is synonymous with sparklers, pool fun and a fabulous BBQ. Here are some delicious, all-American recipes that people of all nationalities can enjoy!

Main Dishes:

Side Dishes:


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July 2nd, 2012 at 5:00 am

4th of July Traditions

When I was young the 4th of July beat out Christmas as my favorite holiday. I would always wake up early and we would get to the park by 9am. Skydivers and a ping pong ball drop always started the day at the small town event followed by games put on by various organizations. We would then attend the parade and head to my Grandma’s for a large family BBQ. The evening was filled with fireworks back at the park and then some smaller ones back at my Grandma and Grandpa’s house.  We did the same thing every year for years.

Now we have created 4th of July traditions in our family including a parade, fireworks and BBQ at their Grandma’s. We always have Red, White, and Blue clothing; just like when I was young.

The 4th of July brings out that little kid excitement in me. Whether it be the special outfit I wear, the snacks for fireworks or the decorations at my mom’s house, it still is one of my favorite days.

There are thousands of 4th of July traditions – Need some inspiration? Check out my list below….

  • Homemade ice cream
  • Decorate bikes/wagons and have a parade
  • “I Love to be an American because….” finish the sentence
  • American history lesson
  • Sing-off to American songs
  • Hang the flag
  • Have a block party

Be sure to check out the Garanimals 4th of July Board or my Personal 4th of July Board on Pinterest for more great ideas!

What are some of your favorite 4th of July traditions?

Kim Ross also writes at  A Little Bit of This and That ~ The Adventures of a Stay at Home Mom.

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July 1st, 2011 at 5:00 am

Red, White and Blue for the 4th!

I’m a HUGE lover of the 4th of July! Every year for the 4th we head to Bristol, RI and attend the longest, most continuously running 4th of July Parade in America. We get a good slice of Americana and history right in our very own backyards and I love it!

And so, I find it essential. Wait… no – a REQUIREMENT – that all sport on the 4th of July some fabulous red, white and blue! I think women get most worried that they’re going to look like actual America flags for the whole day, but you don’t have to go overboard!

So how can you add some red, white and blue without going OVER THE TOP?

Here are 5 looks you can pull together for the 4th that are easy and perfectly adorable!

Look #1:
Red/white striped top, white shorts and blue flips. If you don’t have all of these pieces, just go for the stripes with jean shorts. I wanted to show how you could amp this up a bit, but the beauty in this outfit is that any one item on its own works. It’s PERFECT.

Look #2:
OK, I wanted to find something that was ULTRA doable for every woman. A solid red tank and a pair of white capris. Very easy look for anyone to pull off and extremely practical for the 4th of July! Add some fabulous accessories in to amp up the look!

Look #3:
Oh, yes! The Little White Dress! I’ve talked about the necessity of the LWD before and now’s the time to take this little baby out of your closet! Accessorize up with a blue or red scarf or some blue or red jewelry! Have some fun making it come alive for the 4th of July! I live in LWD’s throughout the summer!

Look #4:
OK… sometimes it’s fun to go a little fancy for the 4th of July! If you have a gorgeous blue dress in your closet, pop it out and wear it proud! I love this blue silk dress because it’s so elegant and classic. I put it with a red belt and red espadrilles to give it a little (dare I say it) KICK for the 4th! But don’t be afraid to DRESS UP! It’s a holiday, have some FUN!

Look #5:
If you have any GINGHAM, now’s the time to take it out! This is 4th of July fashion at its finest. I adore gingham and do not wear it enough at all, so I wait for certain times to pull it out and wear it. It’s Americana fashion to a “T”… !

Audrey McClelland can also be found at MomGenerations.comLifetime Beauty/Style,  Momversation.comGettingGorgeousEvents.comand




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