Happy Birthday, America!

Every year, without fail, the red, white & blue comes out in all of us!  We wear it, sing it and decorate it.  Before you high tail it out of here, I am NOT going to sing! I would much rather share with you decorating ideas and what's happening around town for the fourth.

Deck the halls...and the porch...and the table!  I'm feeling a bit vintage-y this year, so I went hunting around Pinterest for vintage ways to make your 4th of July awesome!  Here's what I found:

The top two photos are from http://liagriffith.com/a-diy-vintage-fourth-of-july-celebration/!  This page is packed with great ideas for a great look on your table.  So gather up your old crates, vintage pitchers, mason jars, cake stands and wood tool boxes!  All these items put together on your table will make a beautiful, vintage spread.  There are many more photos on that website so check them out!

Now that your party look is spot on, let's move to your home.  Personally, I am a subtle, holiday decorator.  I like a simple look, with a splash of holiday.  This simple banner and flags across the mantle, let's everyone know it is the 4th of July without too much fuss (http://beinglds.blogspot.com/2010/05/service-boot-camp-giveaway-write-it-out.html).  I also love the vignette with the dress form!  Click on that photo to see the full picture.  It is displayed simply on a front porch with wicker furniture on:  http://missgracieshouse.blogspot.com/. What a great way to welcome your party guests into your home!

Not in the mood to host a party this year?  Well, if you live in the Kalamazoo, MI area, you are in luck!  Check out the list below of just a snippet I found of what's going on for the 4th:

*KalamazooKitty will be open at both locations from 10-2.  Stop in before the festivities and grab last minute décor and ideas!  Free paint on this day only!  See stores for details.

*Radiant Church will have ice cream and pop after services on the 4th.  Check it out for info: http://radiantchurch.tv/events/4th-of-july-celebration/

*FIREWORKS:  http://www.mlive.com/news/kalamazoo/index.ssf/2015/06/kalamazoo_area_communities_bla.html

*Kalamazoo Farmer's Market:

*Schoolcraft Parade & Firecracker Run:

*Salvation Army 4th of July Sale

The History of America is getting lost.  More and more young people are unsure what we are celebrating.  Rather than teaching a history class, here are a few fun facts about the greatest place on earth:

*Ben Franklin wanted the wild turkey as the National Bird.
*150 million hot dogs are consumed on the 4th of July in America.
*The 13 stars on the original flag were in a circle to represent equally among the 13 original colonies.
*The 4th of July became a national holiday in 1941.
*56 men signed the Declaration of Independence, only two became presidents.
*John Adams and Thomas Jefferson both died on the 4th of July in 1826.  James Monroe also died on the 4th of July, but in 1831.
*The first fireworks display on Independence Day took place in 1777, America's first birthday.
*The national anthem, The Star Spangled Banner, was written in 1814 by Francis Scott Key.
*More than 74 million Americans will barbeque on the 4th of July.
*Calvin Coolidge was born on the 4th of July, 1872.

This is from Kalamazoo...to you!


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