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19 American scenes

See how country dwellers from sea to shining sea show they are proud to be Americans!
  • American lake

    This pretty red boat sports the U.S. yacht ensign, and makes the perfect patriotic party decoration when tied to the dock or cruising around the lake! 

    Congress authorized this flag design in 1848 as a signal to be flown by yachts holding licenses from the Secretary of the Treasury, so they could enter American waters without having to clear customs every time they returned from sea. 

    Date Published: June 15, 2012
    Date Updated: June 21, 2013
  • Colonial pride

    If you live in one of the original 13 colonies, why not show your pride by flying the original flag? It fits right in on this old barn.

    Date Published: June 15, 2012
    Date Updated: June 21, 2013
  • Hometown parade

    The Cub Scouts of Pack 236 in Warren County, Iowa, prepare to march in their hometown parade. The boys were proud to wave their flags!

    Date Published: June 15, 2012
    Date Updated: June 21, 2013
  • Prater tots

    Will, Luke and Jake Prater prepare to march with Pack 236. Lisa Prater, author of our Lisa's Kitchen cooking blog, is their mom (and also their Cubmaster).

    Date Published: June 15, 2012
    Date Updated: June 21, 2013
  • Family time

    The best thing about any holiday is getting to spend time with family. The flag on this barn provides a lovely backdrop for all kinds of family fun.

    Date Published: June 15, 2012
    Date Updated: June 21, 2013
  • Party time

    A simple awning creates a miniature shaded outdoor room, which is the perfect place to serve beverages at a backyard party, or to sit and read a book. It's also a great spot to let the flag wave in the breeze.

    Date Published: June 15, 2012
    Date Updated: June 21, 2013
  • How about a bike ride?

    Old Glory welcomes visitors to this beautiful home, and the picket fence makes a convenient bike rack!

    Date Published: June 15, 2012
    Date Updated: June 21, 2013
  • Honoring veterans

    As part of an Eagle Scout project for one of its members, Boy Scout Troop 760 of Colorado sets out flags for Memorial Day.

    Date Published: June 15, 2012
    Date Updated: June 21, 2013
  • Flag-topped fireplace

    Show your patriotism inside the house as well! This pretty fireplace is topped with bright blue buckets full of flags. Quilts and pillows carry the patriotic theme throughout the room.

    Date Published: June 15, 2012
    Date Updated: June 21, 2013
  • Crisp and clean

    Beautifully manicured gardens like this one are often found at fancy estates in Europe, but the flag makes this American home look even better!

    Date Published: June 15, 2012
    Date Updated: June 21, 2013
  • Antique accents

    Vintage signs, an old cast-iron school bell, and a flag waving in the breeze give this porch a lot of visual interest, and make it welcoming and homey. 

    Date Published: June 15, 2012
    Date Updated: June 21, 2013
  • Red, white, blue, and green

    Tractor shows are a staple at small-town holiday celebrations around the country. Here, flags decorate a row of vintage John Deere tractors.

    Date Published: June 15, 2012
    Date Updated: June 21, 2013
  • Martin Manor

    Reader Mark Bullock shared this beautiful photo of his home, Martin Manor. Note the unique sign painted on corrugated metal!

    Date Published: June 15, 2012
    Date Updated: June 21, 2013
  • Sweet and simple

    Decorations don't need to be elaborate to be powerful. This simple window display of a miniature American flag, blue vases with red poppies, and marbles harkens to a simpler time.

    Date Published: June 15, 2012
    Date Updated: June 21, 2013
  • Beautiful bunting

    Pretty red, white, and blue bunting surrounds this breezy porch, coordinating with bench cushions, pillows, a vase full of flags, and other accessories. Even the dog fits into the patriotic color scheme!

    Date Published: June 15, 2012
    Date Updated: June 21, 2013
  • Sit a spell

    The wicker loveseat on this cozy porch is the perfect spot to cuddle up with a good book or sit and catch up with an old friend, and the oversized flag serves as a makeshift wall.

    Date Published: June 15, 2012
    Date Updated: June 21, 2013
  • Cute country shed

    This little outbuilding is almost too cute for words! It has so many nice details, and has been beautifully incorporated into the landscape. It definitely deserves its own flag!

    Date Published: June 15, 2012
    Date Updated: June 21, 2013
  • Carter Berg

    Home in the hills

    Corinne and Maurie Warner fashioned their Vermont home to look like an old horse barn, but on the inside, it has all the comforts of home. The bright colors of the flag really pop against the wood structure.

    Date Published: June 15, 2012
    Date Updated: June 21, 2013
  • Jay Wilde

    Welcome to the winery

     

    The flag is flying outside Whiskey Run Creek Vineyard and Winery near Brownville, Nebraska.

    Date Published: June 15, 2012
    Date Updated: June 21, 2013
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