A time to celebrate our country and honor our military

On July 4, 1776, the Continental Congress approved the final wording of the Declaration of Independence, which declared the United States a free and independent nation. 🇺🇸 Some 242 years later, Americans continue to celebrate our country’s freedom on July 4 with BBQs, parades, and fireworks.

Here are 10 ways to celebrate your love of our country and reflect on the sacrifices of military service members this July 4:

1. Proudly display an American flag 🇺🇸

This is one of the easiest ways to showcase your American pride. Make sure you follow the rules of etiquette for respectfully handling and displaying the American flag.

2. Show support for veterans and armed forces 🙌

Remember the sacrifices made by the men and women in the U.S. military, such as MoneyLion Plus member Robert F., and support organizations that help them when they return home. Look online for donation and volunteer opportunities in your area.

3. Attend July 4 parades and fireworks 🎆

In 1776, John Adams declared that the Declaration of Independence should be celebrated with "pomp and parade, with shews, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires and illuminations from one end of this continent to the other from this time forward forever more." You got it! Enjoy your local July 4 parade and fireworks to keep Adams’ dream alive.

4. Hold a barbecue with friends and family 🌭

Celebrating with friends and family is an Independence Day tradition. Hamburgers, hot dogs, corn on the cob, and potato salad are just a few of the classic treats. Gather ‘round the grill and enjoy the freedom to celebrate!

5. Send letters and care packages to those in the military 📦

Take care of those who aren’t able to be home celebrating this year because they are busy protecting our freedom by sending notes, care packages, and supplies to troops via organizations like Operation Gratitude and Operation Shoebox.

6. Visit a national park ⛰

This land is your land, this land is my land. Celebrate our beautiful country by visiting one of the United States’ 58 National Parks for a hike, walk, picnic, or scenic drive.

7. Take a trip to a special fort, park, or monument🗽

Visit your local historical society for ideas on hidden gems around you. Bring history to life by visiting sites of historic significance and honoring those who came before us, and finally read the plaques on those old buildings or statues you pass around town every day!

8. Learn about your family history 👵

When we learn our own family’s stories, we are also learning about the country we live in. Research your family heritage, or ask an older family member to share stories. Discovering your roots is part of enjoying where you are today.

9. Sing the Star-Spangled Banner word for word 🎤

If you secretly stumble over any of the verses, it’s time to memorize the complete national anthem word for word. For extra credit, learn all the words to My Country ‘Tis of Thee. Then sing for all who will listen!

10. Learn new facts about the Constitution of the United States 📜

Learn a bit more about how our nation established a government while protecting the rights of the people, and then share your new patriotic knowledge with friends and family. Try this resource for learning more.

Celebrate America all year long

We hope you have a wonderful Independence Day. If you don’t get to do everything you want to do on this list, you’ll simply have to continue your celebration of America throughout the rest of the year. Here’s to freedom!