Enjoy the true meaning of the holiday this Independence Day.


Independence Day is about so much more than a party or a fireworks display. It’s about celebrating the freedoms we all enjoy … and honoring the men and women who have made them possible through the generations.

Here are 10 tips to make this the best Independence Day yet: 

1. Display Your Flag
Displaying your United States flag is a great way to show pride for your country as well as gratitude and respect for those who have fought to protect it. Read flag etiquette tips.
2. Plan a Picnic or Barbeque

Take the time to enjoy the company of friends and family. If you have a veteran or service member on your guest list, be sure to acknowledge his or her service.

3. Read the Declaration of Independence

Get a refresher course on the freedoms you enjoy. This is also a good opportunity to introduce this text to kids.
4. Attend a Parade

Enjoy fireworks, good food and great company. If you’re so inclined, you could enter your own float!

5. Post a Message on Facebook or Twitter
Show your social networks that you remember the true meaning of the holiday. Urge your friends to do the same. Here are some sample posts:

“Thank you to our brave military members, past and present, for defending our freedom. Your selfless bravery is what makes this country great.”

“Join me today in saying a prayer for our veterans at home and our troops overseas. God bless America.”

“Freedom is not free. It takes courage and immeasurable sacrifice. Today, and every day, my heart goes out to our military.”
6. Visit a Hospitalized or Homebound Veteran

So many brave men and women spend this festive day recovering from war injuries. Knowing that you haven’t forgotten their sacrifices will mean the world to them. Learn more about volunteering opportunities.

7. Drop Off a Meal for a Military Family

Nothing says ‘thanks’ like a hot meal prepared with love.

8. Say ‘Thank You’

A simple ‘thank you’ and a handshake can go a long way. For those veterans you can’t see face-to-face, send an eCard to show your appreciation.

9. Send a Care Package

Prepare a list of items that service members need. Ask everyone at work to bring something from the list. Include a special handwritten message in each package.

10. Listen and Remember

Ask the veteran in your life to break out the old photo albums and share stories of their service. Listening shows you care, and you’ll be surprised how much you’ll learn.

If you want to take supporting our veterans a step further, make a donation to the VFW. We’ll put your support to work right away helping service members, military families and veterans of all generations.

Have a Happy Independence Day!



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