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Honoring the Red, White and Blue

If you look at the calendar, you’ll notice there are several holidays coming up that celebrate the United States in some way. Let’s take a quick look at the dates for 2018 and what the celebrations mean:

Armed Forces Day – Saturday, May 19

A day to thank military members for their patriotic service, replacing the formerly separate Army, Navy, Marine Corps and Air Force Days. The single day of celebration also reflects the unification of the Armed Forces under the Department of Defense.

Memorial Day – Monday, May 28

Honors those who’ve died while serving in the United States military.

D-Day – Wednesday, June 6

Observed to remember June 6, 1944, the day of the Allied invasion along the coast of Normandy to bomb German lines as part of Operation Overlord during World War II. In total, 160,000 Allied troops took part (73,000 were Americans), with 4,500 troops losing their life.

Flag Day – Thursday, June 14

Celebrates the adoption of the American flag, honoring a resolution on June 14, 1777 from the Second Continental Congress for an official flag, having it include thirteen stripes (alternating red and white) and thirteen white stars in a blue field.

Independence Day – Wednesday, July 4

Celebrates the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, during which the Continental Congress declared one nation called the Unites States of America rather than thirteen separate American colonies, now free from the rule of Britain.

With all these patriotic observances ahead, we thought it’d be the perfect time to suggest some red, white and blue items to help you celebrate them!

Patriotic Malibu Sunglasses: Also ideal for summertime activities, these festive sunglasses feature UV400 lenses that provide 100% UVA and UVB protection. They’re also a great handout for parades!

24 oz. Carabiner Clip Lid Bottle: A simple gift idea for former or current service members, this BPA free plastic water bottle is perfect for staying hydrated and offers handy storage due to the carabiner attached to the lid.

Half-Gallon Beverage Cooler: Made in the USA, this half-gallon cooler is fantastic for outdoor volunteer projects or special events, featuring a swing handle, screw-on lid and pour spout.

For more red, white and blue product ideas, visit our Patriotic Idea Center! Whatever patriotic holiday means the most to you and your customers, celebrate it in a meaningful way with a thank you gift or awareness item. We’d love to provide it for you!