How to Be a Proud Patriot This July 4

On July 4 the United States will celebrate its independence. This means food, fashion, and some awesome movies. Come join us you proud patriots!

1. FOOD!

Probably the biggest thing about the 4th of July (or any holiday for that matter) is the food. You are NOT a patriot unless you eat something red, white, and blue on Independence Day. Or at least a hot dog.

Here are our favorite 4th of July food ideas. If you want the recipes, check out our Pinterest board! 

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2. Fashion

This is the holiday to strut the red, white, and blue! It could be your clothes, your makeup, heck even your fingernails. Check out our favorites!

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And of course…..we couldn’t leave this one out.

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3. MOVIES

Nothing like a high pulsing, make you sweat movie to get you into the holiday spirit. We picked some movies we think would be perfect for the 4th of July.

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Independence Day (1996) 

Aliens invade Earth. It’s up to the United States to come up with a plan to save everyone and what day do they decide to set the attack??? July 4 of course! We love Will Smith in this movie.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Born on the Fourth of July (1989) 

This is a biography of Ron Kovic, a paralyzed Vietnam War veteran who becomes an anti-war and pro-human rights political activist because he feels betrayed by the country he fought for. Tom Cruise earned his first Academy Award nomination for this movie.

 

 

 

 

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The Patriot (2000) 

This movie gives you an idea of the American Revolution, but it was criticized about how historically accurate it was. But, we still find it entertaining!  Mel Gibson plays Benjamin Martin, who just wanted to be a simple plantation owner. But the brutal death of his son by the British propels him to fight for liberty.

 

 

 

 

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Forrest Gump (1994) 

We LOVE this movie! This gives such a great overview of U.S. history between 1944-1982, plus, it’s just a wonderful movie. It shows several decades in the life of Forrest Gump, a naive and not-so-smart man from Alabama. Tom Hanks won the Academy Award for Best Actor.

 

 

 

 

Learn more about the history of the American Revolution and other ways to celebrate the 4th of July!

 

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Have a happy and safe 4th of July from the

International Student Voice Magazine team!

 

 

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  1. I was in Northern Ireland this past 4th of July (2014), and unfortunately, did not get to celebrate it as I was working at a pub. Many Irish wished me a happy Independence Day, and then asked what it was exactly that we celebrated. I was happy to educate them that it was independence from Britain; thus, making us the United States of America (rather than the United States of Britain). Many seemed surprised, as if they never knew this. I found it to be odd; but, then again, as an American I grew up learning American history, and I suppose the American Revolution was only highlighted briefly in British history classes as they have a lot more history to cover.

    Even though it didn’t feel like the 4th of July to me, (I missed the cookouts; ice cream socials; decking out in red, white and blue; seeing American flags here, there and everywhere; and, of course, the fireworks at night), I was proud to have informed a handful of customers about the birth of America. Its probably the best thing I could do to truly celebrate the holiday abroad…besides sing loudly along with Lee Greenwood: “…and I’m proud to be an American, where at least I know I’m free. And, I won’t forget the men who died, who gave that right to me. And I proudly stand up next to you and defend her still today. ‘Cause there ain’t no doubt I love this land, God bless the USA!”

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