We renew and refresh our patriotism every year by celebrating the birth of our nation. Here are five of the best places in Minnesota to find patriotic items to help get ready for the 4th of July.
Minnesota History Center
345 W. Kellogg Blvd.
St. Paul, MN 55102
The History Center Museum Store at the Minnesota History Center contains a wide range of American history items, including flags, copies of the Constitution and Declaration of Independence as well as Americana items like toys, dolls and decorative arts. Check out the Sights of Minnesota Store for a large selection of jewelry, food items and books handcrafted by Minnesota artisans. Gain a 10-percent discount on purchases in the stores by becoming a member of the Minnesota Historical Society.
Southport Shopping Center
3701 W. Old Shakopee Road
Bloomington, MN 55431
Bloomington mom and Ruby Bird owner Dana Carlson says she especially enjoys seeing her customers find “something unique that was locally made, as opposed to getting something from a big box store that anybody can get. You can easily get a unique locally made gift and card for less than $20.” Carlson plans to have Fourth of July-themed clothes, jewelry and home and garden décor items on hand this June. Shoppers can also find art, cards, candles, textiles, toys, food, books, puzzles and body products carried year-round. Be sure to congratulate Dana on Ruby Bird’s one-year anniversary this June.
American Flagpole and Flag Co.
3546 Lake Elmo Ave., Suite 3
Lake Elmo, MN 55042
American Flagpole & Flag Co., established in 1973, offers a wide variety of flags and flagpoles. Not only does the company sell highly durable US flags, but it also has a great variety of historic flags and special-purpose flags. The company also installs and repairs flagpoles on-site throughout the metro area and across the state of Minnesota.
Jerry’s Do It Best Hardware
2326 Louisiana Ave. S.
St. Louis Park, MN 55426
Hardware stores have an assortment of American flags from $10 to $50. It makes more sense to buy your flag at a hardware store because the staff can help you plan to mount the pole. You want to be sure you have the right mounting hardware and you can even check out a light source for night display. Most hardware stores carry the other things you will need for a fun Fourth of July celebration such as patio furniture, pools, spas, fire pits, grills, grill accessories, charcoal and don’t forget the citronella pots.
Falls Flag Source
Nisswa, MN 56468
Steve and Donna Wiczek have owned and operated their Falls Flag Source business for over 20 years. The Wiczek’s offer high-quality American flags, Minnesota flags, flagpoles, solar-paneled lights for poles, signs, banners and various accessories on a mail-order basis. Flagpoles available are 24, 20 and 16 feet long or of the smaller house-mounted variety.
Robin Johnson was born in Annandale, Minn. and graduated from Richfield High School and then the University of Minnesota where he studied Political Science, Business and Industrial Relations. A writer for Examiner.com, he also consults with a variety of organizations and individuals helping them develop and grow. His work can be found at Examiner.com.