What’s more American than celebrating our nation’s independence? When you think of the Fourth of July, grilling, sun, and fireworks likely come to mind. As you prepare for your festivities this Tuesday, choose American-made and manufactured products to support and celebrate the United States and your friends, family, co-workers, and neighbors who live here!
Getting ready to fire up the barbecue? If you don’t already own one, you might be surprised to know there are many grills manufactured in the U.S.A. with U.S.-sourced materials. Weber grills remain a classic and popular choice, but they’re not the only option. Don’t forget about the U.S.-made utensils you’ll need to get the perfect char on your American-raised brats, hamburgers, or steaks!
If you have trouble finding your meat’s origin on packages at your chain grocery store or nearest big-box retailer, head to a local butcher shop or farmer’s market this weekend. These smaller retailers tend to know the source — and sometimes even knew the animal — ensuring your meal is all-American. The bonus? Supporting smaller U.S. businesses keeps more money in your community.
When you start to feel parched, you’ll want to reach for a cold one. Whether that’s a soda or an adult beverage, you can easily ensure it’s made in the U.S. Once again, it’s best to look local and talk to the crafters behind your favorite beverages. Many sodas in America are regional specialties, so you can be sure to find your favorite flavor — or something new! If enjoying the holiday off work with a brew is more your style, U.S. craft breweries are booming — and many brewers offer large distribution areas, so you can enjoy special craft brews similar to those our forefathers might have enjoyed.
👓 Decorate and celebrate
When it comes time to deck out your celebration venue, avoid going to discount stores that sell cheap, disposable items made in other countries. Instead, invest in well-made décor from American craftspeople and manufacturers you can use again and again. And when you’re ready to set the table, keep in mind that disposable plates, cutlery, and napkins land in landfills. Keep America the Beautiful looking her best, and if you have to choose disposable, think eco-friendly wares made in U.S.A.!
No matter how you celebrate, have fun and be safe this Independence Day!