Happy 4th of July: Last Minute Patriotic Ideas

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Use these easy, last minute patriotic ideas to add red, white and blue to your home for Memorial Day, the 4th of July, and Labor Day. No planning required and super quick!

Every year on the 4th of July, Americans come together to celebrate Independence Day. It’s a time for reflection, gratitude, and a sense of unity as people honor the freedom and independence that the United States stands for. It is a day filled with joy and patriotism as people gather with family and friends to commemorate the birth of our nation.

foyer with patriotic decor 2023
crystal doorknob | similar blue rattan chair
ticking pillow cover | lantern
board and batten information
pitcher and bowl are vintage
small flag pillow is a local find

These celebrations are an American tradition…and they don’t have to be elaborate or require a lot of extra work. Make it easy and keep it simple. What follows are patriotic ideas to use for Memorial Day, the 4th of July, and Labor Day.

4th of July Decorations: Flags

The first thing to do is get some flags! Little American flags on sticks can be found just about anywhere. I’ve seen them at Lowe’s, all the craft stores, Walmart, and even the grocery store. Pick up some bigger ones and a bunch of little ones, and just scatter them about.

Patriotic Centerpiece Idea

The easiest centerpiece ever is comprised of simple jars, flowers from your garden, and flags. If you don’t have any flowers, cut some tree branches or use clippings from bushes…or pick up some flowers at the grocery. Not including the time it took for me to gather the flowers, this centerpiece literally took five minutes. I used three jars and corralled them on a tray. Another idea is to line the jars down the middle of the table.

pitcher of flags patriotic decor happy 4th of july

If you don’t want to bother with flowers at all, the simplest thing to do is use the flags on their own. Pile them in a pitcher or jar and you have instant patriotic decor. You can’t get much easier than that…and it looks great!

Patriotic Porch Decor

Use these easy patriotic porch decor ideas to spruce up your outdoor space for the summer holidays: Memorial Day, 4th of July, and Labor Day!

caprese salad ingredients on round wood board

4th of July Food

Food plays a central role in the celebration of the 4th of July, as families and friends gather together. From classic favorites to creative and colorful dishes, the 4th of July offers an array of food that is perfect for people of all ages. Whether it’s a traditional backyard barbecue or a festive potluck, 4th of July food traditions begin with fresh vegetable and pasta salads, move on to grilled main courses, and end with fun and easy desserts.

happy july 4th printable banner 2023

4th of July Clipart + Printables

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  1. Where did you find the great wicker and woven blue chair? I simply love it I also enjoy being subscribed to On Sutton Place Enjoy everything. Thank You also for all the free printables

  2. Love how you always keep it simple.

  3. I am blessed with an open front porch on our 125 year old home and I LOVE to decorate it seasonally. I have a wickerish couch that my son and DIL gave me, and I placed a red, white and blue quilt over the back of it (it actually helps hold the cushions on, besides adding nice color). I didn’t have any patriotic pillows, but I wrapped 2 existing pillows in red bandanas (I’d have used blue if I had a blue bandana) and I have a cloth grass seed bag with red and blue writing on it that I plan to make a larger pillow out of also. As you said, the little stick flags are so cute sprinkled around. I am going to put some white hydrangeas in mason jars with flags also, per your brilliant idea. Thank you for your inspiration!!!

  4. Thanks for the patriotic ideas!