The Front Porch Swing
Sitting in the front porch swing,
With a cool wind in your face,
Can cause one to dream.
Of another time and place.
Back when times were simple,
Times you cannot replace,
Life was easy going then,
People moved a slower pace.
Swinging in the old porch swing,
Troubles seemed to fade,
And the problems of the day,
Could somehow be delayed.
There is something just quintessentially summer about porches. And if you add bunting, a flag, a vintage quilt, red geraniums, a summer read that you absolutely can’t put down, a soft breeze tickling your hair, a glass of Southern Sweet Tea — you have the summer of my dreams.
And while we may not all have a wonderfully wide, wrap-around front porch, we all have a front door, or a space where, in our creativity, we can make festive with something red, white, or blue. These colors that bind Americans, unify our spirits in a land of plenty and make our hearts happy, because after all — this is what we do in the summer. We gather and we celebrate — and very often, it’s with a backdrop of red, white and blue.
We’ve gathered some of most favorite finds across the internet to give you some ideas on how to decorate your space, show your patriotism, brighten up your front porch, walkway, door, patio, deck — and make it last all summer long!
Summer Patriotic Porch Ideas
1. Colonial Flags and Buntings
Isn’t there just something extraordinarily American and summer and festive when you pair white colonial homes with patriotic buntings and flags? I’ll never tire of seeing this traditional and classic design!
2. Galvanized Container, Geraniums, and Flags
I love the simplicity of this arrangement. It’s festive and eye-catching and incredibly quick and easy!
3. Patriotic Walkway
Red summer geraniums are so striking against a house or along a walkway. As July approaches, line the walk with flags and you have a stunning display!
4. Burlap Flag Wreath
Decorating your front porch for the 4th can be as simple as adding a burlap bow and a couple of flags to a wreath you already have. Simple and understated, and gorgeous!
5. Patriotic Quilts
I love decorating with quilts in the summer. Traditional red and white quilts are incredibly vibrant in the summer. If your quilt is vintage or has great meaning, consider hanging it on a protected wall or draping it in a safe location that won’t get too much wear and tear.
6. Patriotic Bicycle Ready for the Parade
Perhaps you don’t have a porch to decorate, but how charming is this bicycle all decorated and waiting for the 4th of July parade? Make your own with templates from Martha Stewart.
7. A Patriotic Porch Party
Such a charming and welcoming idea to set a tea tray on your porch or patio, serving patriotic sweets and treats. Perfect for mid-day activities or before a firework show.
8. Or Ice Cream Social
11. American Farmland
The bread basket of America. Farmhouse living, simplicity, whole and beautiful.
Let us never forget the reason we celebrate our united states, united mission, and united freedom. America is an amazing place to call home.
Resources: Patriotic Ideas at 31
- Refreshing Patriotic Beverages the Whole Family Will Love
- How Great is America?
- 12 Best 4th of July Firework Shows
- 15 Showstopping Fourth of July Desserts
- 10 Easy DIY Patriotic Crafts
- A Summer Patriotic Porch
- Poll – Will You Fly U.S. Flag?
- Flag Day Celebrates Symbol of American Freedom for 239 Years
- 10 Freedoms
- Celebrating Memorial Day: Food and Inspirations
- Remembering Memorial Day: 7 Ways to Celebrate
- How to Fly the U.S. Flag on Patriotic Holidays
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