Memorial Day weekend is almost here, kicking off the Summer and a time to celebrate our servicemen and women. Make your day off from the daily grind special by getting crafty with your kids and creating something patriotic to display in your home. From seriously simple activities to projects that are perfect for older tots, this roundup of red, white, and blue crafts is perfect for showing your love of the great USA.
There are few foods as universally loved by kids as much as cheeseburgers. But you don't have to bust out the grill to enjoy them all year-round — just broil, panfry, or even bake them for a quick and easy dinner. We've rounded up some tasty variations on the classic ooey-gooey patties that cook up in a snap, making cheeseburgers a great weeknight meal. Click through for some of our favorite takes on the classic burger!
The Fourth of July is the ideal time to perfect your all-American look, and with it being on a Wednesday, we think that gives you an extra excuse to red, white, and blue it all week long. We have everything you need to spark some sartorial fireworks of your own this year, from pool-party-appropriate rompers to your BBQ best. Happy birthday, America — and don't forget to scoop up that one extra outfit à la Americana just for good luck. On Allison McNamara: Motel top, Lia Sophia necklace.
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Editor’s note: Summer travel season has officially begun! The following guest post was written by Robert Reid, the US travel editor for Lonely Planet. He will be guest blogging on Savvy for the next two months, helping you find some great ideas of how to get your vacation on this Summer.
For most of us, July 4 — unlike family-oriented holidays like Christmas or Thanksgiving — is a true Americana community day. It’s when the modern world takes a backseat to simple pleasures like hot dogs and Little Leaguers marching in small-town parades. Basically we all become a bit more like a character in a John Cougar Mellencamp video.
For Lonely Planet’s 15 Summer Weekends website, we’re highlighting a drive that cuts through the heart of Americana — Route 66. But that’s only one of a few classics to consider if your July 4 plans aren’t set in stone. Probably the best place to be – everyone should try it once – is where it all started, Philadelphia, where independence was signed and the first Fourth of July celebrations were staged a year later in 1777. The parade, centered around Independence Hall downtown, is a colorful mix of international dancers, Civil War reenactors, drummers, and the like. At night, homegrown band the Roots takes over the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, capped with a fireworks show. Stick around to July 8 for the reenactment of the first public reading of the Declaration of Independence. I volunteered as a Loyalist last year.
You've probably seen lots of intricate nail art plastered all over the Internet, but if the notion of working with special polishing tools to create the impressive looks has you daunted, fear not. This Fourth of July, you can simply apply Big Ruby Tattoos' stick-on star designs ($12). The pack includes 10 star images, with 42 tats for the fingers and 44 additional ones for the pinkies and big toes. It's the perfect way to look cool and festive, all while impressing your friends; nobody will have to know you didn't paint them on yourself.
Can you picture George and Martha Washington lounging in a pair of Eames chairs peering out their floor-to-ceiling glass walled home? Yeah, me neither. But I have no problem fantasizing myself in a colonial cottage in the northeastern states. While many of us, myself included, covet midcentury modern homes, there's something about classic pillared and white wooden siding that never gets old. In honor of our Founding Fathers, I've rounded up 10 gorgeous colonial homes I would be proud to call my own.
It's the Fourth of July, a perfect date to celebrate the shirtless wonders of our great country. There are sure to be barbecues, fireworks displays, and parades across the nation, but we're curious as to who you'd like to celebrate with at a beachside party. So, tell us — which shirtless hottie would you take to a beach party?