Show Your Patriotism All Year Long

With the Fourth of July, there often comes a huge surge of patriotism. This holiday brings us a sense of pride and allegiance to Old Glory. But for some of us, the Fourth of July is just not enough. We are bursting with national pride every day, and we want everyone to know. These are just a few ways to show your patriotism all year long.

Fly the Flag

The flag is a symbol of history, natural pride, and freedom. So don’t be afraid to fly the flag all year long. Just don’t forget to follow proper flag etiquette and take care of your flag. You can also fly your flag in non-traditional ways. You can buy bumper stickers, emblems, pins, or even shirts with the flag printed on it.  

Become an Active Citizen

Become a part of your community. There are dozens of way to give to your country to make it a better place for everyone. You can volunteer at soup kitchens, charities, and events. Get to know the people in your community. You can become a public figure by serving on a local council or becoming a representative of a local movement. Be involved in your community and always vote. Voting is one of our major rights, so don’t waste it.

Stay Educated

You should also know what is going on in the country. Stay educated on what great things your country is doing and educate your friends and family. Too often people are weighed down by negative articles and stories, so it’s imperative to remind people what makes this country so great. Great passion for your country can a source of inspiration for others.

Your country has been good to you, now it’s time to be good to your country. What are some ways you stay patriotic all year long?

 

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Top Three Things to Do in Washington, D.C.

There is no shortage of historic sites, breathtaking landmarks, and enthralling museums in our nation’s great capital. That said, when you only have a couple of days to explore such a rich and vast city as Washington, D.C., you need to narrow down your list to the top three things you absolutely cannot miss. Far and away, these three sites and activities take the cake when it comes to touring Washington, D.C. for the first time—or the hundredth time.

The Lincoln Memorial

An integral part of the National Mall in Washington, D.C., the Lincoln Memorial is perhaps one of the world’s most recognizable statues. In case you’re not quite sure what the Lincoln Memorial is, it’s a monument built specifically to honor the 16th President of the United States. It stands (sits, really) tall and proud at 99 feet tall.

Bonus: Because it’s a part of the National Mall, it’s within walking distance of many of the other most notable monuments in Washington, D.C.

The National Gallery of Art

Another absolute must on the list of things to do while in Washington, D.C., checking out the National Gallery of Art is sure to be a crowd-pleaser for the whole family. It’s open to the public, and unlike many other art museums, it is completely free to enter. In its halls, the National Gallery of Art boasts some of the most renowned and admired works from all over the world. From Rembrandt to Raphael, Van Gogh to Matisse, there are thousands of works waiting to capture your heart and imagination.

The National Air and Space Museum

The National Air and Space Museum is actually a part of the larger Smithsonian Institution. It is by far one of the most popular attractions in Washington, D.C. Featuring 23 main exhibition galleries and several special events throughout the year, the National Air and Space Museum always has something on the docket to delight kids and adults of all ages.

Of course, there are dozens more attractions throughout the Washington, D.C. area, but these are the top three you absolutely cannot leave D.C. without seeing first.

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