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7 Easy 4th of July Porch Decorations & Front Door Ideas

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If you’re looking to add a little charm to your patio to celebrate Independence Day, try these 4th of July decor ideas! They’re the perfect way to add a patriotic display to your outdoor space without breaking the bank!

My 4th of July decorations are mostly repurposed from last year, with a few new purchases. The 4th of July is a great time to decorate your home with red, white and blue. Flags, bunting, balloons and streamers are all great ways to show your pride for the holiday.

4th of July pillow patio decorations
Loving these 4th of July decorations

The patriotic gnome below from Homegoods is the most adorable find ever! I was so excited when I saw him sitting in the aisle at Homegoods.

4th of July Porch Decorations: Where to Start

The very first thing I do when I start decorating outdoors for Memorial Day or the 4th of July, is gather up all the patriotic decor I have from previous years.

Taking inventory of what I already have and can reuse is a great way to save money but also reinvent something that is already purchased.

As a blogger, I have a ridiculous amount of home decor that I have accumulated over the years. I do purge yearly by having “in home” yard sales with friends, and I donate to our local Salvation Army center. I can’t keep it all!

You can see last year’s 4th of July patio (click here) and some of the same products I reused this year but in a different way. I ended up styling a different patio set (click here) on the other side of the patio last year, but you can see how some of the decorations I used last year, are now styled in this year’s space. 

When to put up 4th of July porch decorations

I put our 4th of July porch decorations up the week before Memorial Day. Patriotic decor is relative to not only the 4th of July holiday, but Memorial Day and Labor Day. 

I personally add more flag decor during the 4th of July holiday and swap out the flag decor for more basic Summer decor after the 4th is over. 

I leave the base of the decorations up for July and August and then add back in the flag decorations as it gets closer to Memorial Day. 

It’s all a matter of preference, and it’s your house, so do what you want :). 

4th of July Decor Ideas

Take a quick scroll through my favorite 4th of July front porch ideas! You’ll be able to see the pieces I use again and again, making it easy to show my patriotic pride on a budget. This year, I decided to reuse blue indoor throw pillows on our patio and purchase a handful of new 4th of July throw pillows featuring beautiful flag motifs. 

outdoor sectional 4th of July decorations flag pillows
The red white and blue 4th of July decor coordinate perfectly with the blue throw pillows

1. Incorporate pillows

Once I have my furniture set up on the patio, I will add 2-3 pillows that are a solid color. In this case, I added blue indoor throw pillows. It’s all about red, white, and blue when decorating for the 4th of July, so blue pillows are perfect! Next, I added in a variety of outdoor pillows made with patriotic fabric, and just like that, you have a fun seating space showcasing the 4th of July holiday. 

If you don’t want to buy new pillows, get some pillow covers to repurpose the ones you already have.

I would not suggest using indoor throw pillows outdoors if they are going to get wet or damp. 

outdoor resin chair flag pillow red geranium
cutest 4th of July pillow ever

2. Layer with blankets

The next step is to layer in a throw blanket like I did with the blue-striped soft throw on the arm of the sectional. This is an indoor throw blanket, so it works if you have a covered porch or patio.

Little touches like this go a long way to making your 4th of July porch decorations look really welcoming and inviting. 

3. Add red, white, and blue flowers

It’s very easy to go overboard when using patriotic decorations. It’s so helpful to focus on a base of solid colors and then layer in details and patterns over time!

You’ll notice bright red geraniums in all of my 4th of July decorations (and for all the summer holidays) because they’re such an iconic, bright flower that does well in containers. You can also plant white petunias or blue lobelias. Alyssum look beautiful draping out of galvanized tubs, too.

outdoor sectional 4th of July decorations flag pillows, front door and patio 4th of july decorating ideas

4. Bring indoor decorations outdoors

Since outdoor furniture and decor tends to have a different look than indoor pieces, I love to bring some indoor pieces outdoors especially for parties. They add so much texture and detail. Plus, since you already own them, they’re an inexpensive & fun way to show off your creative ideas!

Our patio is somewhat covered from the weather and we also cover our furniture so the indoor throw pillows are protected from the rain.Our patio is somewhat covered from the weather and we also cover our furniture so the indoor throw pillows are protected from the rain.

4th of July patio centerpiece wooden tray flowers candle

5. Add in patriotic bunting & flags

This is completely optional, but bunting is a classic decoration for the 4th! There are so many different types of bunting to add that classic red, white & blue to any wall or table. Bunting flags look wonderful over a drinks table or bbq station. 

You can also display small flags in a variety of ways – hanging out of mason jars, standing tall in a potted plant, and more. Don’t forget to add a large flag to the flag holder by your front porch, too!

outdoor sectional 4th of July decorations flag pillows

My sectional is from Raymour and Flanigan (a local furniture store) but this sectional on Amazon is very similar in gray. High top tables instead of a coffee table are so popular and functional! We often move the table and insert a fire pit / coffee table if looking for atmosphere at night. This is a lighter gray sectional that is equally as pretty! 

6. Add pops of red

I find that it’s really the red that makes a huge difference in your patriotic porch design! The white and blue are easy to find, but a little red makes the whole display pop! Add some simple touches, like a red lantern or red basket. These stand out against white pillows or more subtle touches. Plus, it’s easier to find inexpensive solid red pieces you can use in a variety of ways than to splurge on patriotic-themed decor that only fits on patriotic holidays.

This can be really inexpensive too. Don’t forget to visit the dollar store for inexpensive crepe paper flowers or stars to make your own adorable garland.

7. Make some patriotic crafts

There are so many clever DIY Fourth of July crafts out there to add a unique detail to your lovely porch! Many of these involve adding a little blue paint to an old pallet or paint cans to add a little rustic charm. 

  • Spray paint blue and white stars to an old galvanized tub for a unique drinks station.
  • Make red, white, and blue luminarias with tissue paper to place along a driveway or path.
  • Build your own patriotic flowers out of colorful paper. 
more patriotic decor ideas

4th of July Decorations

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What can I hang on my front door besides a wreath?

One of the biggest things I wanted to accomplish this year while decorating our front door for the 4th of July was to incorporate a decoration that was not a wreath on the front door.

front door 4th of july with dogs

Most of my front door and patio 4th of july decorating ideas came from online inspiration (I love pinterest click here to follow me) and what I had in my storage space. 

4th of July brown arched front door wreath, flag, America, front door and patio 4th of july decorating ideas

Many people ask, “what can I hang on my front door besides a wreath?”

While I did hang this beautiful red, white, and blue wreath from Homegoods, I decided to hang the American sign, and I think it looks great!

Hanging a wooden sign is a great alternative to a wreath. In this case, both the wreath and sign work well together.

Our front door is unique in that it’s arched with a small peephole in the middle surrounded by bars. You can’t really see it because it’s hidden by the wreath, but if you look close enough, it’s there. 

4th of July front door porch decorating ideas

The front door is large and many times, a wreath alone looks funny. 

I decided to also lean the American wooden flag against the sidelight to create visual interest and add a pop of color to the door.

4th of July front door decorations

Want to know how to add some patriotic flair to your front porch? These 4th of July porch decorations are perfect for drawing your guests to your front door.

4th of July silk outdoor wreath, America wooden hanging sign

Planters filled with overflowing flowers featuring red, white and blue are always an affordable way to add “life” to a space, color, and texture. 

If you look at our front door, there really are only 3 key elements. 

front door and patio 4th of july decorating ideas, 4th of July front door, garden, American flag on balcony
more patriotic decor ideas

4th of July Decorations

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Related: See more DIY 4th of July Decorations

The wreath, sign, and leaning wood flag but the flowers scattered in varying heights (use plant stands to achieve this look) tie the whole look together. 

Many of these Fourth of July porch decorations are from Homegoods and Amazon Home. I have rounded up a bunch here in case you want to create this look for the upcoming Patriotic holiday.  

My wreath is from Homegoods but these two would be equally as beautiful –  Wreath Idea 1 , Wreath Idea 2 

I love hanging flags and either a 3×5 or 4×6 flag is perfect for hanging from a balcony or open wall space outside your home – American Flag hanging from balcony

My America and leaning flag signs are from Homegoods but Amazon (this page is full of signs) and these two I particularly like  –  Uncle Sam Patriotic leaning sign  ,  America Sign 

4th of July curb appeal mediterranean house

Hopefully you got some good tips for your own porch from my Fourth of July decoration ideas! It’s not too late to spruce up your front door or patio for this year! 

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One Comment

  1. When you hang a flag down the blue should be below you on your right. Double check your balcony flag. Looks good!

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