Since our adults sons will be here to celebrate July 4th with us, I went out and purchased a few inexpensive patriotic decor and gift items to add to the festive stash I already have.
Other existing items I’ve simply rearranged where I place them around the house. And I stuck flags or a stars and stripes spinner in every planter or pot — inside and out!
For updated table settings, I mixed up different red white and blue dishes and linens from my collection. Then, I added festive favors at each place setting; to take later to the community fireworks display.
It was fun heading out to Michaels, Hobby Lobby, Bed Bath and Beyond, Walmart and Dollar Tree to look for patriotic decor. Things were rather picked over by last week, but almost everything was marked down 40-50%. And, I was still able to scoop up a few festive and fun items.
After all, its not like I don’t already have an abundance of decorations and tableware lol! Come see my latest patriotic decor updates to Independence Day Decorations, Banner Yet Wave.
Welcome to the Celebration
While at Hobby Lobby, I found this cute fireworks sign to stake in the landscape by the front door.
Nearby is a garden flag version of the Stars and Stripes. It’s been in the yard since Memorial Day.
I rotate the flag or banner by season, holiday or occasion. Although I have quite a few, they are easy to store and take up little space. All are kept in a under bed storage bag, but actually tucked under the skirted couch in the living room. I like to think of it as a creative storage solution, lol!
Flanking the front door are two large black urns, where I simply stuck in a pair of flags. Quick and easy patriotic decor!
Due to crazy weather and being out of town in May for ten days, I didn’t get my annual flowers or herbs in until Memorial Day weekend.
Since my mom was visiting for three weeks, we enjoyed going to gardening centers together. She has an incredible green thumb and grows orchids and bonsai at home.
So, I had a live-in pro to do the plantings this year!
Memorial Day weekend is also when bee theme decorations and tableware is put away, and stars and stripes comes out. Like my handmade, Uncle Sam Wreath Peddles Bike to July 4th Parade.
Banner Yet Wave & Spin!
I’m always on the lookout for new holiday spinners to add to my outdoor patriotic decor. They look so fun and festive twirling in the breeze.
This year, I was lucky to snag the very last of new styles at Michaels and Hobby Lobby.
I typically stick spinners into outdoor pots, baskets and planters, or right into the landscape.
You might remember the pair of spinners below from, Independence Day Decorations, Banner Yet Wave!
In that post, I also shared the stars and stripes bunting draped all around the back porch railings.
To me, the spinners and bunting look like old-fashion, patriotic decor festooning a John Philip Sousa bandstand. Cue the music!
So, I ordered a few unique pieces from Amazon (see below) that should arrive in time for the holiday. For the front yard, I’m particularly excited about the solar-powered ones that light up and spin like fireworks at night.
Yes I know, more stuff! But like the garden stake decorations, spinners are easy to store in the garage. Plus, they aren’t heavy or fragile.
Also blowing in the breeze are two wind socks that hang under the deck this year.
New this year (Hobby Lobby) is a twirling star I particularly like.
Rockets Red-White-Blue Glare
In the background of the picture above, are a large set of firework garden stakes (Hobby Lobby several years back). They flank the trellis.
The metal firecrackers are actually bird houses — although I’ve yet to see any nest there. Too hot lol?!
Each firecracker stake has the opposite stars and stripes pattern.
Back up on the deck, a smaller pair of firecrackers (Michaels long ago) are inserted into each urn. There, we get to see and enjoy them from inside and out.
But I’d like another similar-sized pair of firecracker stakes for the planters on either side of the front door. No such luck this year!
Oh well, part of the fun is the thrill of the hunt right?
Inside, patriotic decor in the family room is much more low key, and quick and easy to put out for the holiday.
Last year, I found a mini firework stake that I’ve used to update the door decoration handing in the kitchen.
Colonial fife and drummer (Byers Choice retired) figures are simply placed on the fireplace mantle this holiday.
In other years, I’ve incorporated the pair into a Give Me Liberty Blue Tablescape centerpiece.
Nearby, General Washington and Ben Franklin (Byers Choice) sit on the baker’s rack. In February, George joins Abe on the Presidents Day Table with Liberty Blue.
Decorating the family room this year, is a vintage liquor bottle designed in the form of a Continental soldier.
He’s my favorite piece of patriotic decor, because he represents my husband’s Revolutionary War ancestor. Read the amazing story of soldier/spy, Peacock the Rebel Bird, in Celebrating Patriots on Independence Day.
Mixing Nautical with Patriotic Decor
In the kitchen, I made some changes to how I arranged red, white and blue linens and tableware.
On the kitchen island, are three place settings using nautical melamine plates. Previously, I featured them along with a Patriots Table With Betsy Ross and Paul Revere.
The plates are set on red and white striped place mats, with matching star napkins (Kohl’s years ago) and rings (Home Goods).
They mix in well with patriotic decor, but are used all summer long with other Kitchen Coastal Decor.
Nearby, on the round kitchen table, I’ve set out vintage Libbey glasses (Goodwill) and Liberty Blue dishes (Etsy and Ebay) on another stars and stripes tablecloth.
Red flatware (Home Goods) flank each place setting. I’ve owned all the tableware and linens for a number of years.
What’s new, is the July 4th headbands (Walmart $3/each) and star light up wands (Dollar Tree, three for $1) as table favors. For other meals over the long holiday weekend, I also picked up packages of stars and stripes decorated paper products at Dollar Tree.
Only us gals will be wearing the headbands to the fireworks, but I hope Mr. Buzz and my sons will be willing to wave the glowing wands in the dark. Check out busy, extended holiday visit in a Return of Traditional Summer Activities & Family Visits.
Will you be going to a holiday parade, picnic or fireworks display this year?
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Fun stuff! Our city is putting on fireworks less than two block away so we will have front row seats on our balcony! Enjoy your time with family.
What a spectacular perch you have for fireworks — location, location, location! Our community fireworks are always fantastic. But this year, the finale felt like they included what would have been the 2020 fireworks too lol! What a joyful, fabulous day we had with our family, puppies and neighbors. Counting my blessings!
Happy 4th of July. Looks like a fun time. Has Whiskey ever heard fireworks before?
We had a fabulous day and I hope you did too Myrna. When we went to fireworks we put each puppy into crates (on separate floors) with a stuffed animal and frozen filled Kong, while music played. Came home and took both for walks around the neighborhood while lots of fireworks were still going off at people’s homes. Neither seemed the least bit fazed.
Very patriotic, Debbee! I love the idea of the bandstand music and decorations That’s the way I like the 4th. Lititz, a quaint & lovely town in Lancaster, PA, about 45 mins NW of us, is where we usually spend our 4th. They do an all day, old timey 4th like that. The Moravian church has been known to put out 1,776 flags on their front lawn as well as homes decked to the nines. Look them up, I think you’ll get a kick out of their celebration as you always decorate so wonderfully for all the holidays. Happy 4th, my friend!
We are kindred spirits Bobbi! I’ve been to Lititz with my parents when I was a teenager living in Wallingford near Media. It was for a summer quilt festival I think. I’d love seeing what you describe. Will have to add it to hubby and my travel list.
So many fun and festive decorations for the 4th!
Thanks for visiting Joanne; hope you and the family are enjoying the summer?
Beautiful post with so many fun patriotic props. I haven’t seen fireworks in person in years. There is always tv. Whiskey is so adorable. I hope he did well.
We are fortunate to have fabulous fireworks right in our little town/suburb. Plus, they are shot directly overhead so you feel the “boom” right in your chest and can smell the smoke. Perfectly safe, and much more intimate and intense. They look huge overhead. It’s also great seeing neighbors and old friends in the park with their blankets, chairs. Whiskey did great (we left him home in his crate with music on)! But, he doesn’t seem fazed by thunder either.
Great patriotic holiday decor pieces. Love the carolers. I’ve always got my eye open for more patriotic pieces. Thanks for sharing.
This year, I’m thinking of treating myself to the Betsy Ross caroler to go with my others. But I also enjoy adding a new spinner for a bit of patriotic motion to the landscape and planters. Have a great 4th Judy!