It's an election year, which means partisan politics and the horse race between candidates have a stranglehold on the 24-hour news cycle. Consequently, it's probably safe to say things feel a little divided lately. But this 4th of July weekend, there's one thing we can all agree on: an unalienable right decreed by Thomas Jefferson that says we're all entitled to the pursuit of happiness. So let's put our aside our differences and come together to have a good time, just as our forefathers would have wanted. If you're unsure how to get the party started, consult our latest edition of the Freshness Grid, fairly bursting with the colors of our nation.
Gitman Vintage Linen Check Popover ($117.99)
The blue gingham plaid is a classic motif, but the popover style gives the shirt a bit of character. The cotton-linen blend is supremely breathable but still crisp.
J.Crew Club Shorts ($65)
The 10.5-inch inseam on these shorts is neither too long nor too short, and its minimal styling has everything you want and nothing you don't. Similarly, faded red is just right.
Champion Reverse Weave Crewneck ($95)
A true American classic, there for you when the sun goes down and an unexpected chill fills the air.
Ray-Ban Mirrored Sunglasses ($185)
Instead of the usual acetate frames with smokey lenses, try a little something different: matte silver metal with electric-blue mirrored lenses, featured in a classic round style that mixes old with new.
FairEnds Cotton Twill Camp Cap ($48)
Made in the USA and featuring a vibrant red shade that ensures you won't get lost in the crowd.
Miansai Nantucket Braided Bracelet ($88)
When it comes to men's jewelry, it's best to keep it simple, like this this braided number that harks back to your childhood summer-camp days.
The Hill-Side Classic Logo Bandana ($25)
The humble bandana can be indispensable in the summer. Stuff it in your back pocket for show, or use it to keep the sweat out of your eyes while you man the grill.
Timex Weekender ($38)
Versatile and classic, the always popular Timex weekender is completed with a nylon strap made for the 4th.
Herschel Supply Strand Duffel Bag ($65)
In case you end up doing a bit of light traveling during the long weekend, take this duffel with you. It's just big enough to carry your essentials, with padded straps for comfortable hauling.
New Balance 998 "Explore by Air" ($219.99)
A patriotic color palette inspired by American aviation, rendered on New Balance's iconic made-in-USA 998 silhouette. They're not basketball shoes, but still, this is a slam dunk.
The Smithsonian's History of American in 101 Objects ($29.95)
Not exactly light summer reading, but filled with enough good stuff that you can reference the contents to kick-start a conversation with anyone who's remotely interested in Americana.
Woolrich Freedom Throw Wool Blanket ($145)
Perfect for a 4th of July picnic, this blanket can't get much more American. It's from a quintessential American brand, it's called the "Freedom" blanket and it's adorned with the stars and stripes.