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Americana decor in bold red, white and blue. Go to:  Americana Interior Design, American Flag history, American Flags, Art and Gifts, Popular American Holidays, Statue of Liberty

Americana Interior Design

Ralph Lauren Home Midnight Sky Dinner Plate, Blue Ralph Lauren Home Burleigh Midnight Sky Mug, Blue Ralph Lauren Home Midnight Sky Dinner Plate, White
Midnight Sky Dinnerware, Blue Midnight Sky Dinnerware, Blue Midnight Sky Dinnerware, White
Americana stars draw influence from classic bandana designs. Handcrafted earthenware dinnerware. Dishwasher safe. Americana stars draw influence from classic bandana designs. Handcrafted earthenware dinnerware. Dishwasher safe. Americana stars draw influence from classic bandana designs. Handcrafted earthenware dinnerware. Dishwasher safe.


Ralph Lauren Home Midnight Sky Tankard Pitcher, White/Black Ralph Lauren Home Midnight Sky Dinner Plate, Black
Midnight Sky Tankard Pitcher, White/Black Midnight Sky Dinnerware, Black
Americana stars draw influence from classic bandana designs. Handcrafted earthenware pitcher. Holds 33 ounces. 8.1"W x 6.8"D x 7.88"T. Dishwasher safe. Americana stars draw influence from classic bandana designs. Handcrafted earthenware dinnerware. Dishwasher safe.

 

Neiman Marcus Stars and Stripes Striped Bowl Anchors Away Chip and Dip Platter Set Anchors Away Salt and Pepper Shakers
Stars and Stripes Striped Bowl Anchors Away  Serveware Collection Anchors Away  Serveware Collection
Handcrafted ceramic bowl. 6"Dia. x 3"T. Holds 20 ounces. Dishwasher safe. Handcrafted ceramic serveware. Dishwasher safe. Handcrafted ceramic serveware. Dishwasher safe.

American Flags, Art and Gifts

Patriotic decor for every room in your home.

  Devonia Antiques Official US Presidential Seal Dinner Plate
Waterford American Flag Paperweight Official US Presidential Seal Dinner Plate
Intricate cuts and solid weight make this Waterford design a striking addition to your desktop or bookshelf. Handcrafted Official US Presidential Seal Dinner Plate. Rare and Important piece of Americana. Circa 1970's. From America's finest china maker, Pickard. This official plate was custom ordered is rare and hard to find on the open market. Fully hall marked and in very good vintage condition. Made of porcelain and gold. Approx. 10.75"Dia. Hand wash. Made in the USA.

 

Decorative Bald Eagle Art Glass Figurine Lincoln Eagle Figurine
Dale Tiffany Decorative Bald Eagle Art Glass Figurine Jay Strongwater Lincoln Eagle Figurine
This magnificent Eagle Sculpture is breathtaking addition to your charming home. The noble Eagle is depicted mid-flight, wings flapping and talons extended as if closing in on its unsuspecting prey. He is lovingly crafted in Favrile Art Glass. Handcrafted eagle figurine. Beautifully designed for the Highland collection. Hand-painted enamel and set with Swarovski® crystals. USA


Daum Eagle Decanter El Aguila Patron Table Lamp El Aguila Jarron Table Lamp
Daum Eagle Decanter El Aguila Patron Table Lamp El Aguila Jarron Table Lamp
Handcrafted decanter. Lead crystal. Approximately 4"L x 3.75"W x 13.75"T. Hand wash. Made in France. Mouth blown glass square lamp with eagle etching. Mouth blown glass lamp with eagle etching. Iron base and large iron eagle finial. Black silk rolled edge drum shade.


Cufflinks Inc. Waving American Flag Cuff Links Nokona Men's Stars-and-Stripes Leather Belt Cufflinks Inc. Democratic Donkey Cuff Links
Waving American Flag Cuff Links Men's Stars-and-Stripes Leather Belt Democratic Donkey Cuff Links
Cufflinks Inc. American flag cuff links. Sterling silver with enamel. Logo swivel backs. Approx. 7/8" x 5/8". Nokona belt in stars-and-stripes print. Belt can be personalized with up to 25 characters. Golden buckle. Adjustable fit. Calf leather. Made in USA. Cufflinks Inc. and Ox & Bull Trading Co. Democratic political cuff links. American-flag patterned donkey fronts. Stainless steel and anodized aluminum. Round logo swivel closure. Approx. 3/4" x 5/8".

American Flag history

The American flag, officially, the Flag of the United States, has 13 horizontal stripes ( 7 red and 6 white alternating) which represent the original 13 colonies, and in the upper corner a rectangular field of blue with 50 white stars representing the states of the union. The origin of the design was a resolution passed by Congress on June 14, 1777. Although Betsy Ross is traditionally given credit for making the first flag, this has not been proven, nor is anyone certain when the first American flag was flown. As new states were added to the Union, they demanded representation. Although it was decided to keep the stripes at 13, it was decided in 1818 to increase the number of stars to represent the number of states. By the time of the Civil War in 1861 there were 34. The 50th star was added in 1960 for Hawaii. By executive order of William Howard Taft in 1912 the exact dimensions and relative proportions were fixed. In 1942 Congress adopted a joint resolution for the proper display of the flag.

Popular American Holidays

Holidays are shown with the date celebrated in the United States. Banks and government offices are closed on all legal holidays although retail stores and restaurants are normally open with the exception of Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's. If you are planning to travel, be sure to verify dates and details for your destination.

  • New Year's Day (Jaunuary 1): Celebrations begin with parties on New Year's Eve culminating with the countdown to midnight, a kiss for your sweetheart and fireworks. New Year's is a time of renewal and resolutions for the future.
  • Marin Luther King's Birthday celebrates the birth of an important civil rights leader active in the 1960's, receiving the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964. He was assassinated 4/4/68.
  • National Freedom Day: signing of the 13th Amendment (2/1)
  • Inauguration Day: Every 4 years the President of the U.S. who was elected the prior November is sworn into office.
  • Groundhog Day (2/2): A tradition brought by German immigrants farmers which predicts that if the groundhog sees his shadow on this day, they would return to their dens which indicates another 6 weeks of winter; if not, spring was coming.
  • Valentine's Day (2/14): a tradition that goes back to the middle ages, this a day for true romantics to send Valentine cards and romantic gifts.
  • President's Day is the combined observance of Washington's birthday (leader of the Continental Army and first President of the U.S.) with Abraham Lincoln's birthday (President during the war between the states and author of the Emancipation Declaration).
  • Saint Patrick's Day (3/17): celebrates the patron saint of the Irish. Notable parades in New York City, New Orleans, Atlanta and Savannah.
  • April Fool's Day 4/1
  • Mother's Day: Officially established by congress in 1914. A time to recognize mothers with cards, gifts and special pampering.
  • Easter is the Christian holiday commemorating the resurrection of Christ often with sunrise services. There are additional traditions which incorporate the festival of spring such as the Easter lily, Easter egg hunts and the Easter bunny.
  • Memorial Day was established after the Civil War to remember the dead soldiers. It has been expanded to include remembering all fallen soldiers and family dead. It is observed with parades and flowers taken to the grave.
  • "Juneteenth" is believed to be the oldest celebration of the end of slavery in the U.S. On 6/19/1865 Union soldiers arrived in Galveston, TX, announcing that the war had ended and the slaves were now free. Celebrations began in 1866, and are now centered on racial understanding.
  • Father's Day was officially established in 1972 to honor fathers and is usually recognized with cards and gifts.
  • United States of America Independence Day (July 4) was first observed on 7/4/1777, the first anniversary of the Declaration of Independence written by Thomas Jefferson, approved by the Continental Congress and eventually signed by all delegates. It is now celebrated with parades, picnics and fireworks.
  • Croquet: originated in France as paille maille. James I England brought it from Scotland and set up his wickets in St. James Park (the street nearby became known as Pall Mall), and by the 19th century it had crossed the Atlantic. By 1862 Newport, Rhode Island, had published a rule book, and by the 1920's there were croquet tournaments on Long Island
  • Labor Day recognizes the contributions of American workers. There is no significance to the date which was selected to provide a break between 7/4 and Thanksgiving. It signals the end of summer, vacations and the beginning of fall and the new school year.
  • Columbus Day commemorates the arrival of Christopher Columbus in the New World in 1492. First celebrated in 1792 in NYC, it was declared a national holiday in 1937.
  • Halloween (10/31) is a time for costumes and "trick or treat" with children going from door to door for candy.
  • Veterans' Day (11/11)
  • Thanksgiving was first celebrated in 1621 in Massachusetts by the settlers from the Mayflower and the native American Indians who shared their knowledge of agriculture, hunting and building. It became a national holiday in 1863.
  • Christmas (12/25) is celebrated with traditions brought from many parts of the world including carols, gifts, Santa Claus, and decorations including wreathes and Christmas trees with ornaments and lights. In most cities the season begins with the lighting of the tree on the Friday after Thanksgiving.
  • Holiday show at Radio City Music Hall in NYC was created by Russell Market after seeing the Ziegfeld Follies. They debuted in 1925 in St. Louis as the "Missouri Rockets" and moved to Radio City for its grand opening on 12/27/1932. They now perform all year. The numbers: 72 legs, as many as 80 pairs of tights for each dancer for just 1 number, over 2 million watch the Christmas Spectacular each year.
  • Kwanzaa which comes from the Swahili phrase "matunda ya kwanza" which means "first fruits" is celebrated from 12/26 to 1/1. Each day focuses on a different principle: Umoja (unity), Kujichagulia (self-determiniation), Ujima (collective work and responsibility), Ujamaa (cooperative economics), Nia (purpose), Kuumba (creativity), Imani (faith).

Statue of Liberty Facts

  • Height: 151'1"
  • Ground to torch tip: 350'1"
  • 7 rays in crown represent the seas and continents
  • Tablet reads "July 4, 1776"
  • Total weight: copper, 31 tons; steel, 125 tons; concrete foundation, 27 tons
  • Winds of 50 mph cause sway of 3" in statue and 5" in torch

Statue of Liberty History

  • French sculptor Frederic Auguste Bartholdi was commissioned to design the statue to commemorate the centennial of the Declaration of Independence in 1876
  • Alexandre Gustave Eiffel, designer of the Eiffel Tower, was called on for engineering help in designing the iron pylon and secondary skeletal framework for the massive copper statue allowing the copper skin to move independently but stand upright
  • Arrived aboard the steamship Isère in June of 1885 in 350 individual pieces packed in 214 crates and reassembled in 4 months
  • Granite pedestal completed in Aril, 1886, in the courtyard of the star-shaped walls of Fort Wood (which had been completed for the War of 1812.)
  • Dedicated on October 28, 1886
  • Designated a National Monument on October 15, 1924
  • September 7, 1937, jurisdiction was enlarged to encompass all of Bedloe's Island and in 1956, the island's name was changed to Liberty Island
  • May 11, 1965: Ellis Island becomes part of the Statue of Liberty National Monument
  • $87 million restoration completed for her spectacular centennial on July 4, 1986
  • Liberty Island is federal property located within the State of New York
  • World Heritage Site - 1984
  • Liberty Island was closed for 100 days following 9/11/2001. Statue reopened 8/3/2004. Visitors have access to pedestal observation deck, promenade, museum and the area of Fort Wood

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