Americans are preparing to celebrate the Fourth of July, and even the tight economy hasn't dampened enthusiasm for the holiday. A recent national study by the Kamaron Institute found that patriotism runs strong among American households, 99 percent of respondents reported plans to celebrate the Fourth of July.
Compare Your Plans To An Entire Country
Picnics, cookouts, and fireworks top the list of holiday plans. Of those reporting 4th of July holiday activity plans, 37 percent planned picnics, barbecues or cookouts, 31 percent planned to attend fireworks, and 15 percent want to see a parade. Most will be celebrating close to home this year as only one in ten planned to take vacation time that week. Nearly one in three respondents (28 percent) own an American flag, and about the same number (27 percent) own patriotic apparel.
Respondents' gender: Male, 56 percent, female, 44 percent. Average household income: Less than $30,000, 22 percent; $30,000 - $49,999, 33 percent; $50,000 - $74,999, 33 percent; $75,000+, 11%.
America's Declares Thanks : Military Families
America has declared itself ready to appreciate as well as celebrate and some families will celebrate without a loved one, as a husband, mother, brother or sister serves in the military.
Nearly three million Americans serve in the armed forces. The sacrifices of the men and women in the armed forces do not go unnoticed. In the same study by the Kamaron Institute, 98 percent of respondents described themselves as "appreciative and thankful for the service and sacrifice of American military troops, their families and American veterans."
In keeping with that spirit of patriotism, the Kamaron Institute has provided a way to honor the U.S. military. In recognition of the Fourth of July, and all that military families sacrifice for their nation, the Kamaron Foundation is releasing a free, downloadable e-book, titled Casey and The Amazing Giant Green Shirt.
"Casey's story is a thank-you gift from our family to America's extended military families," explains Margaret Ross. Ross is founder of Kamaron Foundation.
Casey And The Amazing Giant Green Shirt is a heartwarming fable about the power of words to change the world, showing adults and children how to succeed in school, life and relationships.
Casey and the Amazing Giant Green Shirt is a story for families to enjoy together, creating teachable parent-child moments. The book will be available for free download through Dec. 31, 2009, at www.kamaron.org/military. http://tiny.cc/usagift
More About the USA Intentions study:
The Opinion Central 2009 July 4th Independence Day Intentions and Perceptions Survey was designed to gauge American adults' behavior and perceptions of U.S. Independence Day and perceptions of military troops' and families' service to America. The survey was conducted for Opinion Central online within the United States by the Kamaron Institute June 12 - June 17, 2009.
Margin of error plus or minus 2.0 percent. N=330.
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