Patriotic Porches, Patios, and Decks for the 4th of July

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    Patriotic Porch Pillows and Cushions

    Patriotic decorations on a porch for the Fourth of July
    Photo &copy Lisa Hallett Taylor

    Decorating for the 4th of July, Memorial Day and other all-American holidays primarily take place outdoors. These patriotic holidays occur during spring and summer and are centered around outdoor activities. Dress up your porch, patio, deck or other outdoor room with pillows, flags, plants, containers, bunting and other accessories in red, white and blue. Join us on a patriotic tour of festive porches, patios, yards, and entryways -- hopefully, something will spark an idea for your outdoor space.

    Show off your Independence Day spirit and design savvy!

    One of the easiest ways to change the look of your porch or patio is with outdoor pillows and cushions. Here, red pillows and chair cushion s add a festive splash of color for Fourth of July. Throw a red, white and blue plaid tablecloth over your patio table, which can be cleaned and packed away for next year.

    If you don't want to own or have to store pillows for every season or holiday, make a slipcover for outdoor pillows that can be easily removed and is washable.

    How to Make Outdoor Patio Pillows in an Hour or Less

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    Red, White and Blue Flowers

    Patriotic porch on the Fourth of July
    Photo &copy Lisa Hallett Taylor

    Those small fabric flags on sticks are a dime a dozen—sometimes literally. And a bunch of them displayed as a bouquet, stuck in containers, planting beds, along walkways, and pretty much anywhere you can think of are an inexpensive way to salute your country and show your party spirit.

    This small front patio area includes red and blue flowers—blue lobelia and red begonias. Other red, white, and blue flowers for your patriotic patio garden:​

    Blue:

    • Salvia
    • Delphinium
    • Agapanthus
    • Scabiosa
    • Iris
    • Forget-Me-Nots
    • Texas Bluebonnets
    • Corydalis
    • Morning Glory
    • Blue Hydrangea

    White:

    • Shasta Daisies
    • Marguerites
    • Carnations
    • White Geraniums
    • Snowball Viburnum
    • Fortnight Lily
    • Honeysuckle
    • Gardenia
    • White Roses
    • Star Jasmine
    • Plumeria
    • Alyssum
    • White Lobelia

    Red:

    • Red Roses
    • Petunias
    • Carnations
    • Hibiscus
    • Gladiolus
    • Peonies
    • Gerbera Daisies
    • Dahlias
    • Sweet Peas
    • Red Geraniums
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    Patriotic Patio Lighthouses

    lighthouses decorations fourth of july patio porch
    Patriotic Porches and Patios Like twin beacons in the night, two lighthouses decorate a patio for 4th of July. Photo &copy Lisa Hallett Taylor

    While they may not be as large as full-sized lighthouses, these two replicas aren't exactly small and subtle. They're perfect decorative accents for summer and the Fourth of July, especially in a coastal community like this neighborhood.

    Lighthouse-themed collectibles are extremely popular, especially in the eastern United States and, of course, on the East Coast. Replicas of actual lighthouses are available at specialty and online retailers. For instance, a replica of the West Quoddy Lighthouse in Lubec, Maine, is available as an outside light​ and comes in sizes ranging from 2 to 8 feet and 10 feet. Some are made by Amish craftspeople.

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    Stars and Stripes

    Patriotic stars decorating the front of a house
    Photo &copy Lisa Hallett Taylor

    Stars and stripes don't need to be limited to the American flag. A strand of charming red and blue fabric stars adorn the eaves of this house, where they can be enjoyed by partygoers on the porch or patio. Add a flag or two, a few more star decorations, and stripes wherever you like: cushions, pillows, table linens, etc., and you have a patriotic porch that looks festive all summer long.

    The stars are easy to make: buy red and blue patriotic fabric (often on sale a week or so before the 4th of July) and make a star pattern. Cut the fabric in squares, trace the star pattern on the wrong side of the fabric, pin a few fabric squares together and cut out the star shapes, a few at a time. If the fabric stars will be hanging outdoors, as they are from the eaves of this house, you will want them to be sturdier or heavier. Trace the star pattern onto poster board (try to recycle something you already have around the house), cut out the paper stars, and glue the fabric to the poster board, right side up, of course. String together with a hole punch, staple, velcro, glue or whatever works for you.

    Enlist the help of your kids, family or friends—it's a fun thing to do a day or two before Independence Day.

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    Red Adirondack Chairs

    Red Adirondack chairs
    Photo &copy Lisa Hallett Taylor

    Shiny red-painted Adirondack chairs make a festive statement all by themselves. All that's needed is an American flag in a planter to dress-up the patio for the Fourth of July, or any patriotic holiday, for that matter.

    Red is always a colorful and classic color for patios, porches, and decks, and makes a great transition from summer to fall to winter with the addition of seasonal pillows and cushions, flowers and plants and other holiday decorations.​

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    White Porch, American Flag

    4th of July porch
    Photo &copy Lisa Hallett Taylor

    All this porch needs is a fresh coat of white paint and a flag, hanging properly.

    The appeal of this simple, old-fashioned front porch is it neatness—fresh white paint on railings and trim, along with well-tended rose and flower bushes.

    The owner has installed a flag holder, which makes it quick and easy to display the flag on national holidays and remove it when the day is done. There are correct ways to display the American flag.