Happy 4th of July!

With the 4th of July holiday fast approaching, there has never been a better time to begin decorating for the patriotic holiday. If you’re not sure on where to start, the United States Flag Store has everything you need. Take a look at all of our patriotic decorations and supplies and see which one is right for you.

In the weeks leading up to the 4th of July holiday, Patriotic Outdoor Decorations start to make their annual debuts in the yards of residents. Adorn your yard with a star-spangled windwheel that spins in the wind, hang an American flag windsock which shows patriotic spirit, or spruce up your mailbox with our magnetic mailbox covers.

Start the 4th of July celebration right with our Patriotic Party Supplies! From centerpieces to pool toys, we have a wide range of supplies to help your gathering go out with a bang! Show your American spirit with our patriotic party favors, with top hats, leis, and even a head bopper! Our party decorations can also turn your party into the biggest party in the neighborhood.

Pleated Fans are an excellent way to decorate pretty just about anything. You can adorn them on the railing of your stairs, on a stage, or even on a parade float. Many of our pleated fans are made with a super tough polyester material. Start off with 18inx36in or 3×6. Bunting can also be used together with pleated fans.

Let the 4th of July festivities begin! Happy 4th of July!

 

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Patriotic Decorations for Your Summer Events

Now that summer is finally around the corner, it is a great time to start thinking about all those BBQ’s, picnics, parades, and especially Memorial Day, Flag Day and Fourth of July events you’ll be attending. United States Flag Store has a great assortment of Patriotic Decorations for all your summertime gatherings.

For parades or tabletop centerpieces, our stick flags are second to none. Available with ball tips, spear tips or no tips, our flags are available in 4 inch x 6 inch , 8 inch x 12 inch and 12 inch x 18 inch sizes.

US Stick Flags

Our most popular patriotic decoration is, without a doubt, the pleated fans. Available in different sizes and fabrics, there are fans available from Valley Forge, Annin and our own Super Tough brand.

Pleated Fans

You can proudly display your patriotic banner flags all summer. These flags are durable and gorgeous to look at. United States flag store also carries wall mount flag poles for the banner flags.

Patriotic Banner Flag

United States Flag Store is here to answer all your questions. Feel free to give us a toll free call at 1-877-734-2458 or email us at support@onlinestores.com.

Easter Flags

Celebrate Easter and the beginning of Spring with our bright and colorful Easter flags. United States Flag Store carries flags for your standard flagpole and for your garden that will add fun and whimsy. Our flags are made for outdoor use so they are fit to withstand most weather conditions There are several designs to choose from in both banner flag designs and garden flag sizes.

We also have magnetic covers to decorate your mailbox.

Bunny and Chick Magnetic Mailbox Cover

Our decorative banner flags are made of high quality polyester with applique or embroidered lettering and images. Each flag measures 28 inches x 40 inches and the designs are readable from both sides.
Our banner flags feature vibrant designs such as the Bunny & Chick banner flag and the Easter Eggs banner flag. You’re sure to find the perfect banner flag for your wall mount flag pole.

Bunny and Chick Easter Banner Flag

Easter Eggs Banner Flag

United States Flag Store also carries religious themed Easter flags, too. Beautiful designs such as The Lord Reigns and Floral Cross flags are also available in both banner and garden sizes.

The Lord Reigns Easter Banner Flag

Floral Cross Banner Flag

Measuring 12 inches x 18 inches, our garden flags are just as vibrant and durable as our banner flags. Check out the Easter Beauty and the Easter Bliss garden flags, plus many more wonderful designs to decorate your yard.
Easter Beauty Garden Flag
Easter Beauty Garden Flag

Of course, if you do not have one, you can get a garden flagpole to start off with. It’s durable and easy to set up with just three pieces. These are made for 12 inch x 18 inch flags.

United States Flag Store is here to answer all your questions. Feel free to give us a toll free call at 1-877-734-2458 or email us at support@onlinestores.com.

Have a wonderful Easter holiday!

St. Patrick’s Day Flags

Wish friends and neighbors a Happy St. Patrick’s Day with a fun garden or banner flag from United States Flag Store! We carry flags for your standard flagpole and for your garden that will add fun and whimsy. Our flags are made for outdoor use so they are fit to withstand most weather conditions.

There are several designs to choose from in both banner flag and garden flag sizes.

Our decorative banner flags are made of high quality polyester with applique or embroidered lettering and images. Each flag measures 28 inches x 40 inches and the designs are readable from both sides.

Featuring vibrant St. Patrick’s banner flags such as the St. Pat’s Fun Banner Flag and the Blooming Irish Banner Flag, you’re sure to find the perfect banner flag for your wall mount flag pole.

St Patricks Day Banner Flag - St Pat's Fun

St Patricks Day Banner Flag - Blooming Irish

United States Flag Store also carries Ireland’s National Flag , as well as the Erin Go Bragh flags. These flags are available in different sizes, including stick flag size.

Ireland 5ft x 8ft Nylon Flag

Erin Go Bragh 3ft x 5ft Printed Polyester Flag

Measuring 13 inches x 18 inches, our garden flags are just as vibrant and durable as our banner flags. Check out the Dancing Clovers Flag and the Luck of Irish garden flags, plus many more designs to decorate your yard.

St Patricks Day Garden Flag - Dancing Clovers

St Patricks Day Garden Flag - Luck Of Irish

Of course, if you do not have one, you can get a garden flagpole to start off with. It’s durable and easy to set up with just three pieces. These are made for 12 inch x 18 inch flags.

Super Tough Garden Flagpole

Have a St. Patrick’s Day!

Valentine’s Day Flags

Give your flagpole and your garden some love this Valentine’s Day by adorning them with our Valentine’s Day Flags!

We carry flags for your standard flagpole and for your garden that will add color and love to your home. Our flags are made for outdoor use so they are fit to withstand most weather conditions.

There are several designs to choose from, ranging from candy to love.

Valentines Day Banner Flag - Valentines Candy

Valentines Day Banner Flag - L-O-V-E

Bring some smiles with bees with this Bee Mine Flag or spread Hugs and Kisses with this beautiful pink flag!

Valentines Day Garden Flag - Bee Mine

Valentines Day Garden Flag - Hugs & Kisses

Of course, if you do not have one, you can get a garden flagpole to start off with. It’s durable and easy to set up with just three pieces. These are made for 12 inch x 18 inch flags.

Super Tough Garden Flagpole

Have a Happy Valentine’s Day!

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Labor Day

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Back in May, Memorial Day marked the beginning of summer, leading to three months of barbecues, vacations, and outdoor activities. After a long and hot summer, we are now at Labor Day in the United States. Children go back to school and the summer traveling season slows down. Labor Day is the day where many take the opportunity to have one last hurrah. A final barbecue, trip to an attraction, or to take the day off.

Every first Monday in September is Labor Day in the United States. The day is to celebrate the everyday worker and their achievements. The first Labor Day was celebrated in 1882 in New York City by the Central Labor Union. The second Labor Day was held a year later on September 5th, which was held the previous year on the same day. Finally, as originally proposed, it was changed to the first Monday in September in 1884. It was originally held in New York City, but then other cities followed suit. Eventually, a few states began to propose Labor Day observations in their legislatures. In 1885, Oregon was the first state to officially recognize Labor Day as an official day while New York was still introducing the bill to their local legislators. By June 28, 1894, Grover Cleveland officially signed the act into law under the pressure of Congress.

Which one? There is debate on who originally proposed the idea of Labor Day. Some say it was Peter J. McGuire, who was the founder of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America. Others say it was Matthew Maguire, who was a machinist and a secretary of Local 344 of the International Association of Machinists in Patterson, NJ.

In the present, Labor Day is considered a public holiday, so major government offices, post offices, and schools are closed to observe the holiday. Many businesses are also closed in observance or close early. Those who do work on the holiday are usually given holiday pay.

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Independence Day Trivia!

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Independence Day, or more commonly known as the Fourth of July is one of the biggest events and celebrations in America’s history. Still, we must not forget why we celebrate this important day and everything the led to it, plus more facts about it. Today, I am presenting you with some trivia about the Fourth of July that may surprise you:

  • The Declaration of Independence was signed in Philadelphia.
  • While many get the Fourth off today, it was not officially declared by Congress a paid Federal holiday until 1938. It was originally unpaid since 1870.
  • Nathan’s Hot Dogs holds their Hot Dog Eating Contest annually. This is to see who can eat the most hot dogs in the fastest time. The event is held on New York’s Coney Island and is broadcast on national television on cable.
  • Three presidents died on the 4th of July: Thomas Jefferson, John Adams within hours of each other on 1826, and James Monroe in 1831. The only president to the be born on the 4th of July was Calvin Coolidge in 1872.
  • The Liberty Bell in Philadelphia is tapped thirteen times in honor of the original thirteen colonies. The bell has not been rung since 1846.download
  • John Hancock was the first signer of the Declaration of Independence and the only signer ON the Fourth of July. It actually took a month for all 56 signatures to get on the Declaration of Independence and John Adams thought the Second of July would become Independence Day.
  • While we light fireworks on the Fourth some 240 years after we became a country, in the first year afterward, many Americans placed a candle on their windowsills to show their patriotism for their new country. Those still loyal to the British crown left their windowsills bare.
  • While we hold barbecues today that feature burgers and hot dogs, our founding fathers ate foods like turtle soup, poached salmon in egg sauce, peas, boiled potatoes in their skins, and apple pandowdy for dessert!

Hope you enjoyed all the trivia! Happy 4th, America!

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Memorial Day

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May is a very important month for American service men and women. There is Armed Forces Day, which is celebrated annually on the third Saturday in May. Then there is also Memorial Day, a day in which to remember service men and women who have died in combat or while in service to their country.

Memorial Day was originally called Decoration Day. The reason why it was first known as Decoration Day was because service members’ graves were decorated with flowers and flags. This day was created as a reaction to all the deaths of over 600,000 soldiers in the Civil War. These were from both sides of the war. Something had to be done to remember the dead. And so, on May 5, 1868, Memorial Day was created. On the inaugural Decoration Day, General James Garfield appeared at the Arlington National Cemetery and made a speech while participants decorated the graves of thousands of Civil War soldiers, both Union and Confederate.

New York was the first state to officially recognize Memorial Day in 1873 and was recognized by all Northern states just seven years later. The South opposed this day to memorialize the soldiers, so they celebrated on their own day until after World War I. The day is spent memorializing all members of the military who have died in combat after the Civil War

Thanks to the passage of the National Holiday Act of 1971 by Congress, Memorial Day is now observed in nearly every state on the last Monday in May. Several states consider it a Federal holiday which allows for it to be a three day weekend for many. It is also considered to be the official start of the summer season in the United States.

Trivia: At Arlington National Cemetery, each grave interred there has one American flag to mark it on Memorial Day? This has been done since 1948.

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When to Fly The American Flag

flgfhis1000025883_-00_betsy-ross-heritage-banner-flag-2-5ftx4ft-cotton-by-valley-forgeAny day is a great day to let your colors soar. However, there are some days that are most notably American flag flyin’ days!

  • All Patriotic Occasions
  • State Holidays
  • New Year’s Day, January 1
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Third Monday In January
  • Inauguration Day, January 20
  • Lincoln’s Birthday, February 12
  • Washington’s Birthday, third Monday in February
  • Easter Sunday (variable)
  • Mother’s Day, second Sunday in May
  • Armed Forces Day, third Saturday in May
  • Peace Officers’ Memorial Day, May 15 (Half Staff)
  • Armed Forces Day, third Saturday in May
  • Memorial Day, the last Monday in May (Half Staff Until Noon)
  • Flag Day, June 14
  • Independence Day, July 4
  • Labor Day, first Monday in September
  • Patriot Day, September 11 (Half Staff)
  • Constitution Day, September 17
  • Columbus Day, second Monday in October
  • Navy Day, October 27
  • Veterans Day, November 11
  • Thanksgiving Day, fourth Thursday in November
  • Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, December 7 (Half Staff)
  • Christmas Day, December 25
  • And such other days as may be proclaimed by the President of the United States

Did you know that there are customary rules for displaying the American flag?

For instance; The flag should only be flown from sunrise to sunset. When the sun goes down, the flag should too! Unless you have it illuminated, then it’s ok to to have on display 24/7.

Also, you should never fly another flag above the American flag. If you must have another flag up, it has to be to the right of the American flag, and on an equal or lower level. Regardless of how many flags you choose to display, the American flag should alway be hung with the stars in the top left corner!

Those are just a few of the guidelines for flying the American flag. There are quite a few others. I never knew that there were so many stipulations on American patriotism. Did you?

Armed Forces Day

Armed ForcesSaturday, May 16, 2015 is Armed Forces Day. According to the Department of Defense website, Harry Truman established this as a national holiday, to thank our military for their service to this great country. Instead of individual Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps holidays, President Truman promoted the unity of our armed forces under the Department of Defense.

According to the DoD website, on Feb 27, 1950, President Truman stated, “Armed Forces Day, Saturday, May 20, 1950, marks the first combined demonstration by America’s defense team of its progress, under the National Security Act, towards the goal of readiness for any eventuality. It is the first parade of preparedness by the unified forces of our land, sea, and air defense.”

One of the main purposes for setting aside one day for all branches was to educate the public and promote patriotism. Parades, air shows and parties marked this first holiday, with over 40,000 US Troops marching worldwide, and tens of thousands of citizens participating in parades.

In 1953, President Dwight D. Eisenhower said, “It is fitting and proper that we devote one day each year to paying special tribute to those whose constancy and courage constitute one of the bulwarks guarding the freedom of this nation and the peace of the free world.”

JointcolorsOur Servicemen and women are serving throughout the world as guardians of peace – many of them away from their homes, their friends and their families. They are visible evidence of our determination to meet any threat to the peace with measured strength and high resolve. They are also evidence of a harsh but inescapable truth – that the survival of freedom requires great cost and commitment, and great personal sacrifice.”

On that day in history, many other notable events occurred: The Red Cross celebrated 69 years, Britain stopped most of its rationing, and the Soviets returned 23 East German industrial plants to East German authorities.

What will you do this year to honor our military?