Patriotic Porch

In the theme of all things Fourth of July this week, I thought I’d share my patriotic porch decorations with you.

I always loved the Fourth of July as a kid.  We used to spend every summer with my grandparents.  They had a very rustic cottage on the Potomac River in the Northern Neck area of Virginia.  We always had SO MUCH FUN!  We played in and on the river, went on tractor rides, caught lightning bugs, and got our fill of fresh seafood and Memaw’s fried chicken.  The Fourth at River House, that’s what we called the place, would usually include: piles of extended family and friends, a crab feast (with blue crabs – of course), fresh corn on the cob, water skiing, and fireworks once the sun went down.  So many happy memories.

As an adult  with my own family now, our Fourth of July celebration is so different from the ones I remember as a little one.  When both of mine were still at home the Fourth usually included the kids and husband getting up bright and early to go the Peachtree Road Race in Atlanta then home for big breakfast.  After that it was an easy day at the neighborhood pool followed by barbecued ribs and fireworks on the Marietta Square.  Now that sweet boy and baby girl are off on their own our holiday has morphed even further.  Last year was our first one without either of them.  Since, now we’re back living near a big military base, there was a huge celebration concert in our little town followed by a fireworks EXTRAVAGANZA.  It was really nice.

It is so hot this year I don’t know that I’m up for sitting out in the 100 degree heat for five hours until it’s firework time.  So we’ll just have to play it by ear.

I’ve always enjoyed decorating for the holidays.  The Fourth is no exception.  We are all red, white, and blued up to the hilt.

The flowers in the blue pots are pentas.  They are heat tolerant and good for bright sunshine too.

Here’ s a close up the star pillow.

I made the pillow with blue ticking and some red cotton twill.  I got both fabrics at WalMart.  To attach the red star I used fusible web, ironed it on, then did a zig zag stitch around the edge.

Do you display your American flag on special holidays?  I usually save mine for the patriotic holidays, mostly because I’m a stickler for the flag flying rules; especially the ones regarding illuminating the flag at night and not flying it in inclement weather.  I don’t know if I get that from my two Eagle Scouts (my sweetie and sweet boy), former life on military bases, my Marine Corps grandfather, or my dear friend Beth.  I definitely think it’s from Beth – she is the the queen of all things protocol.

I hope you get to spend this holiday surrounded by those you love and doing the things that make you happiest.  While you’re celebrating please do remember that, as cliche’ as it sounds, freedom isn’t free.  There are so very many who have paid and continue to pay the ultimate price so that we may live (as we choose) in this great country.  :)