Happy Birthday, America!
I hope your 4th of July is off to a great start, y’all! And yes, it really is my birthday today! Pretty cool birthday, eh? For those of you overseas, today is kind of a big day here in the States. Most people have the day off (some of us have a 4 day weekend this year) – and we spend the day with family, BBQ’ing, going to the beach or pool, attending parades, watching fireworks and giving many thanks to the men and women who have fought for this great country! Maybe your country has a similar holiday?!
This is one of my favorite songs – Lee Greenwood’s “God Bless the USA” – and I cannot listen to it without crying. What can I say? I’m a big bawl baby! 😉 I remember as a kid watching the fireworks in Jacksonville, Florida …. and they would play a compilation of patriotic songs, always ending with this song.
Although I am proud to be an American everyday, the 4th of July especially makes me bust at the seams with pride! I love seeing all of the red, white and blue and I love seeing our flag flying everywhere!
If you are or were a service member …. I thank you for your sacrifice. I thank the men and women who were willing to give it all – to the men and women who *did* give it all – for my freedom and for the freedom of every American. I thank the spouses and children of these service members who may have had the hardest jobs by letting them go off to war. You truly are heroes for keeping things together at home. I’m thankful to the moms and dads of these service members who instilled some sense of pride and loyalty in their country. I believe we live in the best country on earth because of all of you and your many sacrifices. I appreciate and thank you for everything you have and continue to do to make this country great! ♥
I decided to take it easy today (since it is my birthday and all) and instead of a recipe, I have some printables for you! I personally love using Staples to print these off! They have great quality prints for very reasonable prices (usually less than a buck!).
Just a reminder (on my soap box) – In whatever you do today, please remember to be safe and responsible. If you drink, please have a designated driver! If you plan on setting off your own fireworks, please do so safely and have any necessary equipment near by in case of fire! If you’re enjoying some pool or beach time today, please be aware of and take precautions against drowning! Watch for people who may be struggling in the water. I always hate hearing all of the tragedies on a day that is supposed to be fun! (stepping off of my soapbox)
Now about those printables, as always, Feel free to download the image for your own personal use – You may not claim the image as your own, re-sell, or redistribute it.
Click HERE for the Land of the FREE (8×10)
Click HERE for the United States (8×10)
Originally published on July 4, 2013. Updated on April 23, 2021.
Happy 4th of July ! XXX
Happy Birthday, Jamie!
Have a woderful day!
Melissa @ My Recent Favorite Books
I hope you have a Safe and Happy 4th of July!
Linda @ With A Blast
Happy Birthday, Jamie ! And a happy 4th to you and your family 🙂 DOUBLE ENJOY !
Wanda Ann Olsen
Happy Birthday Jamie! Have a beautiful day and a happy 4th of July. I love your printable!
Wanda Ann @ Memories by the Mile
Cindy Eikenberg, Little Miss Celebration
Jamie – happy Birthday! Wishing you a wonderful day and the best year ever! I hope you and your family have a fantastic July 4th holiday!
Happy birthday Jamie! I can't say I've ever heard that song before. I've heard most of the US patriotic songs but not that one. Hope you have the best day celebrating everything!
Happy Birthday, Jamie. I hope you have a fun and relaxing day.
Happy birthday! Hope you have a great day 😀
❤ Happy Birthday Jamie ❤
I wish you all the best
Saw it was your birthday on Blogger Birthdays – Happy Birthday Jamie!! Hope your day was wonderful, relaxing, and fun!
Happy Birthday! That has been one of my all-time favorite songs since it was the re-election song of Ronald Reagan in 1984! Just love it! This retired soldier's wife thanks you very much for your thoughtful post. I shared my 4th of July reflections here: http://our4kiddos.blogspot.com/2013/07/thankful-thursday-july-4.html Thought you may like to take a look. Hope you have a great weekend. Many blessings, Lisa
Happy,, happy birthday ( a couple of days late). And love the map printable. Thanks for sharing at Inspire Us Thursday.
Happy belated b-day! My hubby is July 4th baby too (he's Canadian). Love your printable! Pinned and stumbled. Have a great day!!