5 Things every basic girl did on the 4th

5 Things every basic girl did on the 4th

Giant American flags.

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Naturally, certain holidays bring out the basic in girls.

Whether it lies within the clothes we wear or the things we say and/or do, it seems to be normal to fall into these holiday habits. Halloween and New Year's are definitely tied for second in this list, but the Fourt of July wins first prize.

The Fourth of July is one of those holidays where girls just can't help but do "basic" things. I am definitely guilty of it.

Here are five basic things girls can't help but do on the country's holiday.

1. Add bandanas to their outfits.

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It's almost like if you're not wearing a bandana on July 4th, you're not allowed. Whether it's being worn in your hair or wrapped around your thigh, it's definitely still basic.

2. Giant American flags.

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How many times do you scroll down and see girls in their red, white and blue outfits (and bandana, of course) standing infront of a giant American Flag. For some reason, it's just the thing now.

3. Converse

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Guaranteed almost every girl out there took out the white high-top converse for the occasion.

4. Five minute long Snapchat stories of fireworks.

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I checked Snapchat at around 8 PM on the Fourth and every single one (not kidding) had at least five minutes worth of fireworks.

5. Corny Instagram captions.

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I can't even count. Almost every caption I saw (including my own) was average at best. How exactly are you supposed to caption a picture on July 4th of you and your girlfriends other than, "Brought to you courtesy of the red, white and blue"?

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10 Reasons Why You Should Be Proud To Be An American

I was born an American; I will live an American; I shall die an American.
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The Fourth of July is not just a day meant for shooting off fireworks. The Fourth of July is meant for celebrating the day that our nation became independent and the Declaration of Independence was signed.

With all of the difficulties and hard times our country is often faced with, it can often leave you wondering ”why should I be proud to be an American?” While America is not a perfect country, there is a lot that is right about this country that we might forget exists.

Here are ten reasons why I believe that you should be proud to be an American.

1. Freedom

We are the land of the free, because of the brave. America is unique because it is a free country. People are willing to fight and unfortunately, sometimes die for our country, just so it can remain free. As an American you have the freedom of speech, religion, the press, and the right to vote, just to name a few. America has many freedoms that are not enjoyed by other countries.

2. Opportunity

America offers practically endless opportunities. As an American you can attend college, get a degree, and a career in the field of your dreams. You can get a great education and learn as much as you would like to learn. As an American you have the opportunity to do whatever you want to do with your life. The United States allows individuals to pursue their dreams and visions.


3. Beautiful scenery

America is full of beautiful scenery. America has 50 different states that are all full of their own unique scenery. From sea to shining sea, countless national parks, to the cities and country side views, to amazing sunrises and sunsets, you will always find beautiful scenery in America.

4. Melting Pot

America is truly a melting pot. American history began with immigrants from other countries, who brought their cultures and diversity to this country. No other country is as diverse as the United States. America welcomes people from different countries, races, and religions.


5. Unity

The United States is truly united. When tragedy strikes, American citizens come together, do what they can to help, and show their support. The United States helps other countries when they are in crisis. The United States engages in dangerous situations for the good of other people.


6. Diverse Culture

American culture is very diverse. Every state contains a unique culture. America has a wide diversity of music, food, and movies. America is a melting pot of rich cultures.


7. Land of the Free, because of the Brave

America is the land of the free, because of the brave. Strangers that we have never even met before are willing to fight for and defend our country, so that it can remain free. Brave soldiers and police officers put their lives on the line to protect us Americans, to help keep us safe.


8. Free Public Education

America has an amazing education system. As Americans, we have 12 years of free public schooling. Educated minds are very valuable in today’s world.

9. Fun Pastimes

As Americans, we have the opportunity to participate in many different pastimes. We can go to an amusement park, a sporting event, concerts, movies… the list goes on and on! The fun things that you can do with family and friends in America are seemingly endless.


10. National Pride

Americans are proud to be Americans. We Americans show pride in our country, such as saying the Pledge of Allegiance and singing the National Anthem at sporting events. Patriotism is a key part of this country. Be proud to be an American and always remember the endless opportunities this country offers.

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.
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There Is So Much Beauty In The Fourth Of July Despite The Blazing Hot Temperatures

Because what other time could you be sweating from every pore in your body but still be having a good time?

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July fourth is arguably one of the hottest and most American holidays there is. Families and friends come together to celebrate the day of the United States' independence. The whole town comes out to the same place, at the same time, to sit in the burning hot sun and watch the commencement of the celebration parade.

Old cars drive through, fire trucks and police cars blare their sirens, pageant princesses and little misses wave from their glorious floats, high school bands play with the sunlight gleaming off their instruments, and horses prance through the street.

Even with so many amazing things going by, everyone's attention is always on something else. Retired veterans from every branch of the military drive or walk by, proudly wearing their hats and waving at everyone they pass. These are the people that you're going to want to pay attention to, out of respect if nothing else.

Just about every other car throws out candy and little kids scramble to get some before it disappears. It's a race to get the most and the best pieces. Clearly, this is the highlight of their morning and it keeps them quiet until siblings start fighting over who got what. Although by the end of the day, all you've got is hard bubble gum and partially unwrapped dum-dums.

Once the last sirens die out the majority of the crowd begins to trickle away. Some go to the pool or the beach and get a tan, and others take it easy all day, but most will be grilling out on this night. Hot dogs, hamburgers, and apple pie are served and the adults kick back with a beer to watch the children play and run around in their red, white, and blue outfits.

Chances are the local park will hold family-friendly festivities that evening, including face painting and sketchy amusement rides. People are posing for pictures at every turn and the sound of overlapping chatter and laughing never dies down.

As the temperature begins to drop a couple degrees kids and adults alike light up sparklers and draw pictures or words in the air, creating fairytale-like memories that will carry on anytime you think of the Fourth of July.

Finally, when dusk starts to settle in it is time for the long-awaited fireworks. The best spots in town fill up within in minutes to watch the show, but really it's pretty good from nearly anywhere you choose. Family pets are hurried inside to avoid any mishaps or runways and then the sky lights up with beautiful colors and designs.

The last fireworks are always the best because the town always makes sure to have a very grand finale. By the time they end, it's late at night and everyone is tired but in a good way. Some people might be sunburnt and some might be getting a tad grumpy, yet no one seems to really care that much. It ends up to be a great day had by all, and hopefully, nobody forgets the true meaning and importance of this summer holiday.

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