The 4th of July is a holiday where it is perfectly acceptable to deck out in your favorite patriotic apparel! No matter where you go, you can never go wrong with the good old red, white, and blue. You can dress from head to toe in our patriotic apparel. Maybe just don’t wear it all at once!
Why do we celebrate the Fourth of July?
The American Independence Day tradition has its roots in the 18th century. On July 2, 1776 the Continental Congress voted in favor of independence . Two days later, the Declaration of Independence was adopted. The Fourth of July—also known as Independence Day or July 4th—has been a national holiday in the United States since 1941. Today the 4th of July is a day of celebration for the country. Festivities range from barbeques, beach/lake trips, parades, concerts, and fireworks.
When did patriotic clothing become a thing?
Every year, around the Fourth of July we find ourselves asking: Why are we Americans obsessed with our patriotic apparel? You can find anything with the flag on it from t-shirts to bathing suits to overalls. Rocking your American flag apparel is a relatively new fad, but one that has its roots in the start of our country.
The first versions of the flag were flown for military purposes throughout the late eighteenth century. It wasn’t until the post-Civil War era that the flag became more ubiquitous. By the late 1800s, the patriotic era of printing flags on advertisements and goods came to be for products that live up to the American spirit. Over the next few decades the flag became associated with the ideals of the American Dream and opportunity. The 1970’s saw presidential candidates wearing lapel pins, the Vietnam war that both united and divided people, and the hippies’ bold fashions. Patriotic clothing remained popular after that and even more prominent in the 90s as patriotism was on the rise in the fashion world. 9/11 had a dramatic effect on making the American flag a constant symbol of patriotism and pride in both fashion and everyday culture. Patriotic apparel has maintained its popularity ever since!
Shop our Patriotic Apparel from Head to Toe
Trying to find the perfect American themed clothing for you 4th of July celebration can be a hassle! No worries! Here are some of our top staff picks for this year!
You have to have a hat, especially if you spend the 4th out on the water! Our Columbia PFG Flag Hat is the perfect option for a casual style. You can never go wrong with a mesh hat to cool you off on hot summer days! If Columbia isn’t your style, Aftco and Southern Shirt also have solid options for the classic ball cap with their own patriotic flare.
In this season of life masks are an essential item! If you are worried about your mask not matching your patriotic expectations, never fear, we have the masks for you. In addition to our vast selection of masks we now have masks with patriotic flare. Since we all love our country, there is no shame in wearing them the for the rest of the year too!
T – Shirts
We have so. Many. T-shirts. Whether it is fish flags, distressed flags, dog flags, or even fish flags we have them all!
Chubbies has the polo you just have to have. Their All American Performance Polo is sure to help you beat the 4th of July heat while still keeping your patriotic style intact. If you’re looking for a more subtle nod to the stars and stripes we have so many options of striped polos in patriotic colors.
We haven’t forgotten about the ladies! Our must have this 4th of July are these Cello star printed pants. You just have to have them! They are stretchy, have flare legs, and are super high rise, what more could you ask for?!
For the men who really want to make a statement in their patriotic apparel, look no further than our ‘Mericas Shorts by Chubbies. No worries, they come in 5.5” and 7” lengths so you can choose which you like the best.
Going swimming for your 4th festivities??? Aftco has the trunks you should take with you! Their Captain swim trunks come in a 5.5” length with pockets for you to sneak your favorite foods away from the barbeque with!
Lastly, we have the shoes! Our Vintage Havanas are a must have this season. Whether you are looking for a fun print or basic solid, Vintage Havanas have the perfect shoes to go with whatever outfit you are wearing this 4th of July!
Eagle Eye Outfitters is a family run small business carrying American made clothing in outdoor and fashion apparel. Come shop with us in our store location in Dothan, AL or shop with us online. We will be open on July 4th from 9 am – 6 pm.