15 houses decorated for the Fourth of July

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10 Houses Decorated for the Fourth of July

Oh say can you see all this patriotic inspiration?
15 houses decorated for the Fourth of July

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Americans are known for being loud and proud when it comes to our country, so it's no surprise that we love busting out all sorts of red, white and blue decor to celebrate Independence Day. Whether they're flying the flag or decorated with stars and stripes, these homes are brimming with inspiration for how to dress up your own home this Fourth of July.

The White House

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This isn't just any house, it's the house. The White House in Washington, D.C., is seen here hosting military families on the South Lawn a few years ago. If the White House isn't Independence Day inspiration, we're not sure what else would qualify.

The Betsy Ross House

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The American Flag is a staple Fourth of July decoration, so of course the house of Betsy Ross — the woman who sewed the early flag — gets in on the action. The 18th-century home in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, is a staple destination for history buffs across the country. 

Ocean Grove, New Jersey

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Ocean Grove along the shore of New Jersey really knows how to get into the Independence Day spirit, with this line of houses seen decorated for the occasion. 

Ocean Grove, New Jersey

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How many flags can you fit on one building? Ocean Grove, New Jersey, is up for the challenge. 

Brooklyn, New York

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Just because you don't have a house doesn't mean you can't decorate for the Fourth of July. The dwellers of this Brooklyn, New York, townhome didn't let lack of space keep them from showing their spirit. 

Pensacola, Florida

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This two-story home in Pensacola, Florida, says the bigger the flag, the better. 

Bristol, Rhode Island

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The owners of this Bristol, Rhode Island, home wanted to make their Independence Day statement clear: "Thank you for serving."

Riverton, New Jersey

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This house in Riverton, New Jersey, was the winner of a local Fourth of July decorations contest. Take notes, people. 

Bristol, Rhode Island

This Victorian home in Bristol, Rhode Island, went all in on the banners and bows.

Old Town Alexandria, Virginia

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When you live in a place like Old Town Alexandria, Virginia, you feel a sense of obligation to decorate for the nation's birthday. This group of row homes screams patriotic pride.

Decorating for the Fourth of July

Decorating for the Fourth of July

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Whether you're hosting a massive backyard barbecue or simply want celebrate the spirit of the holiday, decorating for the Fourth of July can fit your style. Some people enjoy simple splashes of red, white and blue, while others might prefer an over-the-top explosion of American cups, plates, desserts, decorations and even outfits. You can strike a balance with more subtle July Fourth elements, such as a blue serving bowl with a simple pattern of red stars around the rim.

How to properly display a flag

How to properly display a flag

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It's important to remember that while there are many cheesy, kitchsy and silly ways to decorate and dress up using stars and stripes, you should fly the flag itself respectfully. If you choose to fly an American flag outside your home, there are certain flag etiquette rules you must follow. One is that no other flag or pennant should be placed above the flag of the United States of America. Another is that it should not touch anything beneath it, such as the ground, water or plants.

Outdoor decor

Outdoor decor

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One of the most popular and festive ways to decorate for this great American holiday is hanging flags, bunting, banners and more outside of your home. Use whatever architectural elements your home has, such as rails, balconies or columns as places to highlight the stars and bars.

Dazzle up your door

Dazzle up your door

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If you don't have space to fly a flag, a wreath or decoration on your front door is a simple and customizable way to show American pride. You can DIY your own to fit your personal design style, using items such as burlap, flowers, berries, wood, seashells and more to create inviting blends of red, white and blue.

The flag through the centuries

The flag through the centuries

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Bunting gives a historical flair to your outdoor decor, but another way to go the antique route is by using historical variations of the American flag. This Victorian house in Bristol, Rhode Island, which hosts America's oldest continuously held Fourth of July Parade, is flying the Continental Colors flag, Bennington flag and other designs used before the latest version.

DIY aging

DIY aging

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For a fun DIY project, you can use black tea to stain your red, white and blue outdoor bunting to make it look aged and antique. Some companies also sell reproduction Revolutionary War and Civil War-era textiles that you can use in your decorating to evoke the history of this country

You're a grand old flag

You're a grand old flag

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Creative placement when it comes to the flag can add visual appeal around your home. Use little American flag-topped toothpicks in fruit or cupcakes or place flags along your fence or in the ground along the walkway leading up to your house.

Patriotic patio decor

Patriotic patio decor

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Even if you don't drape your house in drapeaux you can still deck your deck with patriotic patio furniture. Pillows, tablecloths and even miniature flags in flower pots can add flair to your outdoor gatherings around the Fourth of July.

A little bit of bunting

A little bit of bunting

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The perfect way to trim an indoor or patio space is with triangular flag bunting on strings. This versatile decoration also works along the edges of tables or along staircases.

A centerpiece dessert

A centerpiece dessert

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A vibrant, decorated dessert makes for the perfect centerpiece in any Fourth of July table display. There are many delicious red, white and blue recipes, ranging from creamy trifles or parfaits with blueberries and strawberries to fantastically finished cakes with star-shaped designs.

Shop with color scheme in mind

Shop with color scheme in mind

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Even if your desserts aren't Pinterest-worthy, it's still easy to make an appetizing spread if you shop for refreshments that display the holiday's red, white and blue color scheme. Foods such as white powdered donuts, macaroons, popcorn, marshmallows, cheese and vanilla ice cream contrast well with fruits like watermelon, tomatoes, blueberries and strawberries as well as red velvet cupcakes, coated chocolate candies and more.

Stars and stripes tableware

Stars and stripes tableware

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One of the easiest ways to add some Fourth of July flair is to buy cups, plates and cutlery and other tableware in patriotic patterns or shades of red, white and blue. Americans are known for red Solo cups at parties, so consider stocking your party with those as well as the blue and white varieties.

Red, white and blue everything

Red, white and blue everything

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Stores sell so much red, white and blue gear that almost every element of your Fourth of July celebration can be in-theme, including serving trays and cupcake wrappers. You can also add ribbons along the rims of Mason jars, drink dispensers and more or use toothpicks or skewers with red, white and blue pom poms or metallic frills to add a firework-like pop of color to any dish.

Fun accessories

Fun accessories

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Besides decorations and an amazing food spread, one fun element to add to your Fourth of July festivities is red, white and blue accessories for a silly photo shoot. You can find sunglasses, hats and more with stars and stripes print as well as make some DIY paper photo booth props like mustaches and speech bubbles.

Land and sea

Land and sea

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If you're spending this Fourth of July on sea rather than on land, that doesn't mean you can't decorate. As this pontoon illustrates, you can easily add decorations along the rails and even display a flag off the back of the boat. Taking up a new hobby, learning a new language and finally buying a boat are just a few of the things you can do once you become an empty-nester.

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