Ready for Your 4th of July Barbecue? Not Without These Five Things, You Aren’t!

The Fourth of July is the pinnacle of summer. We launch colorful fireworks into the sky, eat delicious food at barbecues, roast marshmallows over bonfires, and spend quality time with family and friends.

But Independence Day isn’t just a time for fun. It’s also a day of remembrance. On the Fourth, we consider the brave men who sacrificed their lives two and a half centuries ago for our freedom. We think of the veterans since that time — those who have selflessly volunteered themselves to protect our country. We realize that we live in the Land of the Free because of the Brave.

So at your annual Fourth of July cookout, be sure to show off your American pride with these pieces of patriotic flair!

5. Stars and Stripes Chef Set

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A “Kiss the Cook” apron? Seen it! Prepare your barbecue with this apron, mitt, and towel, instead!

4. American Patriot Hooded Sweatshirt

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At night, temperatures drop and the air starts to get chilly. But never fear: this hoodie will keep you warm and display your American pride while you watch the fireworks!

3. American Flag Insulated Travel Mug

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Your favorite summer beverage is now portable — and patriotic! This travel cup will keep your cold stuff cold, and it’ll look awesome, too!

2. American Flag Bandana

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After a long winter, the summer sun feels great, but it’s also hot and intense. Protect your scalp from sunburn with one of these American-made bandanas!

1. American Flag Flip Flops

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Summer is a time when we can walk around barefoot, but why do so when you can step in style with these colorful flip flops? Pair these cushy shoes with the American flag bandana, and you can be patriotic from head to toe — literally!

Which one is your favorite? Let us know!

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A. Stout is a Whovian, Potterhead, study abroad alumna, and animal lover. A native to West Michigan, she dreams of publishing novels and traveling all over the world.