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Fourth of July

4th of July!

Happy Birthday America!

Independence Day is more than a chance for family and friends to gather for barbecues and firework displays. It's an annual celebration to commemorate the courage and faith of our founding fathers in their pursuit of liberty.

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Throwing Your Own Celebration

Child waving flagSometimes the best way to celebrate is with friends and family at home, but getting the party together can be a bit overwhelming. There are plenty of websites that have great ways to make sure you're evening is one to remember.

Check out these party planning tips. There are tips for decorating, food and drinks, safety, music and more.

Throwing a kid's party? Here's a useful resource to give you some great ideas to make your party a hit.

4th of July Discounts

Looking for military discounts offered for 4th of July? Visit to view discounts and offers available. 

Safety First

While a Fourth of July celebration wouldn't be complete without the fireworks, it's important to take proper safety precautions.

Here are some quick guidelines that can keep your holiday celebration a happy one, from KidsHealth:

  • Kids should never play with fireworks. Things like firecrackers, rockets, and sparklers are just too dangerous. If you give kids sparklers, make sure they keep them outside and away from the face, clothing, and hair. Sparklers can reach 1,800° Fahrenheit (982° Celsius) — hot enough to melt gold.
  • Buy only legal fireworks (legal fireworks have a label with the manufacturer's name and directions; illegal ones are unlabeled), and store them in a cool, dry place. Illegal fireworks usually go by the names M-80, M100, blockbuster, or quarterpounder. These explosives were banned in 1966, but still account for many fireworks injuries.
  • Never try to make your own fireworks.
  • Always use fireworks outside and have a bucket of water and a hose nearby in case of accidents.

Don't forget about your pets safety as well. Visit to find tips for keeping your pets safe on the 4th of July.

More safety information can be found at The National Council on Fireworks Safety website.

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Where to Celebrate

Check with your local garrison to find out if they have a planned celebration or keep an eye out in your local paper for other celebrations in your area.

If you're looking to travel this Independence Day, you may want to see some of the countries best fireworks displays in places like Washington, D.C., New York City, or San Diego. You might be surprised at some of the top places to celebrate this Fourth of July.

July 1, 2015

Fireworks are a summer tradition and inspire the "oohs" and "aahs" of millions every year. Although fireworks are a thrilling way to celebrate the majesty of our great nation, they can also cause pain, injury and even death. 

June 4, 2015

We are looking for dedicated, community-minded participants for the 2015 Dugway Independence Day Parade on 1 July at 1700.

American Flag Etiquette

A Fourth of July celebration would not be complete without an American Flag. Here are some tips from the United States Flag Code on the proper way to display and care for the American flag.

  • Never allow the flag to touch the ground or floor.
  • Do not fly the flag in bad weather, unless it is an all-weather flag.
  • Raise the flag briskly. Lower it ceremoniously.
  • The flag should never be used to carry, store, or deliver anything.
  • Never fly the flag upside down except to signal an emergency.
  • When flags of two or more nations are displayed, they are to be flown from separate staffs of the same height. The flags should be of approximately equal size. International usage forbids the display of the flag of one nation above that of another nation in time of peace.
  • When the flag is used to cover a casket, it should be so placed that the union is at the head and over the left shoulder. The flag should not be lowered into the grave or allowed to touch the ground.
  • Only the President, your state's Governor, and the Mayor of the District of Columbia can order the U.S. flag lowered to half-staff.
  • When flown at half-staff, the flag should be first hoisted to the peak for an instant and then lowered to the half-staff position.

Folding the Flag

Fold the flag in half width-wise twice. If done by two, then the blue field should be facing the bottom on the first fold. Fold up a triangle, starting at the striped end ... and repeat ... until only the end of the union is exposed. Then fold down the square into a triangle and tuck inside the folds.