For two weeks this February, the world will turn its attention to Sochi, Russia for the Winter Olympic Games. You’re likely no exception. So now that you’ve set out all your red, white and blue clothing, re-watched the movie Miracle to capture the spirit of the 1980 U.S. men’s ice hockey gold medal again and have pre-set your alarm to be sure you can account for the time change to still catch your favorite events, it’s time to really show your American pride during Olympics. Here’s a look at how:
- Hang the flag: What do Independence Day, Memorial Day, Labor Day and Veteran’s Day all have in common? They’re days when the American flag should be hanging proudly from your flagpole. The two weeks of the Olympics are another timeframe when hanging the stars and stripes from your home can show your American pride and support for the athletes.
- Dress appropriately: You don’t have to wear the American flag on the chest of your shirt to show your pride. No, there are more subtle, yet equally effective ways to wear the colors. For ladies, try a red and white striped dress with a jean jacket top to get your red, white and blue. For guys, a “Captain America” shirt will suffice, as will an event-specific shirt, such as “USA Hockey” or USA Luge Team.”
- Hold an event party: Pick a fan favorite Olympic event and host a party for the medal round. Just make sure your plates, napkins, cups and food trays are all red, white and blue.
- Yard stakes: A nice touch around the Olympics is to purchase American flag pinwheels or flag stakes to line your landscaping or front walk with. If you’re really into the Olympics, you can add a pinwheel/flag for every medal that the U.S. wins in Sochi.
- Chant “U-S-A”: You wear the colors, now chant them!
The Olympics are a fun event that can bring the whole country together over a common cause. And there are many ways that you can show your American pride and patriotism for the two weeks the games are held. GO USA!