Top 5 patriotic acts

1. Read the Declaration of Independence
2. Display the American flag
3. Thank a veteran
4. Say the Pledge of Allegiance
5. Visit a National Monument


Fourth of July

We celebrate Independence Day because it marks the day in America's history when we declared our independence from the Kingdom of Great Britain. The Declaration of Independence was written by The Committee of Five: John Adams of Massachusetts; Roger Sherman of Connecticut; Robert Livingston of New York; Benjamin Franklin of Pennsylvania and Thomas Jefferson of Virginia. The signing of the document is celebrated on July 4th even though some historians question whether or not the actual signing took place on that date.

While Congress was debating and revising the document, John Adams wrote to his wife about the historic date, "It ought to be commemorated as the day of deliverance, by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations, from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward forever more." And so it has been.

What are you doing this Fourth of July?

Most of us celebrate Independence Day with family and friends, and it usually involves food. Try this fun and easy recipe for a great looking (and tasty) cake!

Ingredients
2 pints of strawberries
Your favorite white or yellow cake mix
1 1/3 cup of blueberries
1 cup of whipped topping

Directions

  1. Prepare the cake according to instructions.
  2. Slice 1 cup strawberries, set aside. Halve remaining strawberries, set aside.
  3. Layer cake (in pan) with 1 cup sliced strawberries, then 1 cup blueberries and then all of the whipped topping.
  4. Arrange remaining strawberry halves and blueberries on whipped topping to create a flag design.
  5. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

Get out and play!
Colorado communities offer various Independence Day activities - from BBQs to fireworks.  For a listing of activities throughout the state, visit TheDenverChannel.com.

Flag etiquette

The flag should be lighted at all times, either by sunlight or by an appropriate light source. 

The flag should be flown in fair weather.

The flag should never be dipped to any person or thing. It is flown upside down only as a distress signal.

The flag should never have any mark, insignia, letter, word, number, figure, or drawing of any kind placed on it, or attached to it.

The flag should never be used for receiving, holding, carrying, or delivering anything.

When the flag is lowered, no part of it should touch the ground or any other object; it should be received by waiting hands and arms. To store the flag it should be folded neatly and ceremoniously.

The flag should be cleaned and mended when necessary.

When a flag is so worn it is no longer fit to serve as a symbol of our country, it should be destroyed by burning in a dignified manner.

These are just a few tips provided from the following website.  Check out more:

http://www.usa-flag-site.org/