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Celebrate Flag Day (and Prep for the 4th of July 2011) With Patriotic Apparel

By Lindsay Sakraida, dealnews staff writer

Admit it. Flag Day is the step child of American holidays. You don't get a day off from work, there are no fireworks to celebrate, and it's frequently in the middle of the week, which makes 3-day weekend celebrations near impossible. But we like to think of Flag Day as a sort of pregame for the upcoming 4th of July. Which means, it's time to stock up on uber patriotic memorabilia!

Many of us are well-acquainted with the classic Will Ferrell SNL skit in which he takes his patriotic style a little too far at the office. (As it involves male thongs, it's kind of NSFW, so we won't post it here.) You can avoid his character's faux pas, however, with an American Living Men's Americana T-Shirt; while many offices may not allow T-shirts at work, at least it keeps you modest. (Or, pay secret homage to Ferrell's liberating performance with these Old Navy Americana-Pattern Boxers; scissors to trim them cost extra.)

Price: T-shirt, $8.49 via code "SURMAY11" + $6 s&h, $17 off; Boxers, $6 + $7 s&h, $3 off

For the women, the SONOMA life + style Women's American Flag T-Shirt is among the cheapest such options we could find. For a more abstract reference, try an SO Women's American Flag T-Shirt, which features one of the cooler interpretations we've seen of our country's banner. Both the girls and the boys can sport twinkle toes with these Converse All Star Flag Chuck Taylor Sneakers, which feature stars on the tongue and heel. We recommend donning them with a pair of beaten up jeans and a simple white T-shirt. (Holding a glass bottle of Coca-Cola and dining on a piece of apple pie might really complete the look, but it's not required.)

Price: SONOMA T-shirt, $4.49 via code "NEW6679" + $6 s&h, $8 off; SO T-shirt, $10.79 via code "NEW6679" + $6 s&h, $10 off; Shoes, $49.50 + free shipping, a low by $8

For some reason, the beach is an environment in which conspicuous patriotism makes the most sense in everyday life. And a bespangled bathing suit — like this Arizona Women's American Flag Bikini — is particularly key to the traditions of Americana style. Once again, jeans are the perfect complement, but we recommend a pair of cutoffs. Conversely, men's flag-themed swim suits aren't as popular, but the gents can show their U.S.A. pride with something inspired by the stars and stripes with the Old Navy Men's Americana Painter-Plaid Board Shorts. Then, wrap yourself up with The Big One Striped Beach Towel in a bold red stripe. (It'd look great next to a classic blue cooler, too.)

Price: Bikini, $12.74 per piece or $25.48 for the set via code "SURMAY11" + $8 s&h, $26 off; Board shorts, $22.50 + $7 s&h, $2 off; Towel for $8.10 via code "NEW6679" + $6 s&h

In the end though, you can't go wrong with the real McCoy. This American Flag Set not only provides a 2x3-foot flag, but the necessary steel pole to display it proudly.

Price: Flag, $8.99 via code "NEW6679" + $6 s&h, $7 off

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