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10 Independence Day Marketing Campaign Ideas [Free American-Themed Vector Graphics Inside]

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Summer is around the corner, and so is the national holiday that brings Americans together—Independence Day. Last year, people all over the country spent $6.9 billion in preparation for this day, and this number is expected to be even higher in 2019, as 9 in 10 adults say that they will participate in festivities.

Even though this is one nation’s holiday, businesses around the globe are marking the 4th of July on their marketing calendar as something they can’t miss out on. You see, you can run an online store from anywhere in the world, but you still need to adapt to your target audience’s needs. In case you’re targeting Americans, you have to keep their national holidays in mind.

If you’re looking for inspiration on how to fuel your 4th of July marketing campaigns with a patriotic spirit that would help sell more to American audiences this July, you’re in the right place. This blog post will walk you through 10 Independence Day marketing ideas you can experiment with before the 4th of July comes around.

1. Put together an Independence Day collection

Do you have something on your store that your American audience would love? Then make it part of your Independence Day collection. And don’t worry if you haven’t introduced American pride-inspired products to your store yet, you’ve still got time to do so. For example, give your customers a chance to welcome the summer in style by offering patriotic designs on cute bathing suits or fun beach towels.

cute bathing suits

Make sure you promote your new collection in your 4th of July social media posts and emails.

2. Showcase reds, whites, and blues

You’d probably agree that nothing says “America” more than the color combination of red, white, and blue. So look around your store and see if you have enough products in these colors to run a fun Independence Day promotion.

4th of july red while blue
Source: Madewell

A red, white, and blue sale is a great way to showcase different types of products that are available in your store. Even if the products in these colors aren’t usually popular among your customers, they might receive more love on and around Independence Day. If you are choosing to add something new to your store, timeless pieces like tank tops and classic t-shirts in festive colors should be your go-to’s.

Send out a 4th of July marketing email to let all of your customers know about your red, white, and blue sale. For an extra boost, personalize the emails or make them interactive.

3. Flaunt your stars and stripes

If you don’t have a lot of products in red, white, and blue on your store, perhaps you have something with stars or stripes? These patterns don’t have to look American. At this point, it’s all about finding a way to promote existing products during this seasonal holiday.

Flaunt your stars and stripes
Source: ModCloth

Consider offering friendly discounts on all things stars and stripes to encourage customers to shop for these American patterns.

4. Bring attention to made in the USA

Made in the USA is big. According to Consumer Report, 80% of Americans say they would prefer buying an American-made product, and 60% say they would be willing to pay up to 10% more for it.

If there are made in the USA products on your store, Independence Day couldn’t be a better time to remind your customers about them.

4th of July made in the usa
Source: Williams-Sonoma

As your customers are supporting local businesses, they are also contributing to a more sustainable future for the entire country. What a great message, don’t you think?

5. Show off all the sparkles

Firework shows are an inseparable part of the 4th of July celebration. It can also become the center of your marketing campaigns. Well, not literal fireworks, but products that can remind your customers of them.

4th of July firework
Source: Like Twice

If you want to run firework-inspired promotion campaigns, your eyes should be on all the products that have shiny or metallic finishes, glitter, or sequins.

Like the idea but have nothing shiny to offer? Try to find something that customers can associate with fireworks. For instance, play with the idea of positioning your products as attention grabbers or showstoppers, suggesting that they would receive more attention than a 4th of July firework show.

Don’t forget that fireworks also make for a great visual that people associate with good times and celebrations. Check out our free Independence Day graphics you can download at the end of this post to add some patriotic cheer to your marketing campaigns.

6. Create a flash sale

While we’re still on the topic of fireworks, a flash sale is yet another idea worth exploring. In case you’re not familiar with this term, a flash sale means offering products at greatly reduced prices for a short period of time.

4th of july flash sale
Source: Loft

Build your flash sale promotions around a sense of urgency because that will encourage shoppers to act quickly. This is a great opportunity not only to retain existing customers but also attract the attention of new ones, too.

7. Round up picnic essentials

The 4th of July weekend is the ultimate party that brings together family and friends. One of the most popular ways to celebrate America’s independence is to have a picnic. In fact, last year people spent around $6.9 billion on cookouts and picnics outdoors during this patriotic holiday.

4th of July picnic essentials

Source: Brit + CoTo help your customers prepare for the party outdoors, go ahead and put together a picnic essentials kit. You can feature whatever you think might be needed to celebrate America’s independence, be it apparel, accessories, decorations, or tableware.

Recipes, party ideas, and crafts are some of the things people search for the most when preparing for an Independence Day get together, so feature those in your essentials kit as well. By creating interesting and useful content, you are encouraging more shares and, therefore, more visitors to your store.

8. Offer free delivery

You’re probably sick of hearing this, but yes, free shipping is the number one incentive to shop more. So it comes as no surprise that one of the things that can help you sell more on Independence Day is a free delivery option.

Free Shipping 4th of July

A common practice is offering free delivery for orders with a certain value. This also often results in higher average cart value, as customers are eager to spend more if they know their purchases will be delivered to them for free.

9. Feature a contest

Running a fun Independence Day contest on your social media is yet another way to help your store grow this July.

Here are a few Independence Day contest ideas you can try:

  • asking people to re-tweet your 4th of July social media post and tag a person they’d like to celebrate with;
  • asking folks to post a picture of themselves enjoying the festivities (either while wearing/using your merch or not);
  • inviting people to tag your business in a post where they talk about what they love about celebrating Independence Day.

To encourage people to share their entries, you can announce that you’ll be picking the winner based on how many likes, re-tweets or shares each submission gets. This will generate more visibility for your business. While you’re at it, make sure that liking your page is part of being eligible for the contest.

Feature a contest
Source: Greater Houston Orthodontists

Of course, it wouldn’t be a contest without prizes! You can offer a big discount, free products, store credit or any other fun incentive to the lucky winner.

10. Give away more loyalty credit

Did you know that acquiring a new customer is 5 to 25 times more expensive than selling to an existing one? For the very same reason, most businesses walk the extra mile to keep their customers coming back. One of the ways to achieve that is by creating a customer loyalty program.

4th of July extra points
Source: Birch Box

If you have a reward program up and running, encourage customers to shop more by offering a bigger loyalty credit that comes with purchases made around Independence Day. If you already have a loyalty program, this could be a great time to promote it.

Get your store ready for 4th of July

Independence Day will come around before you know it, so it’s better to start preparing your marketing campaigns while you still have time to experiment with different ideas.

You don’t have to add new products to your store if you want to boost sales on Independence Day weekend. Simply showcase existing products as they are by adding a fun twist to your marketing copy.

Start by downloading our free Independence Day-themed vector graphic to add some patriotic spirit to your marketing campaigns.

This article was originally published in June 2018; it has since been updated.

During her time as blog manager at Printful, Giedre learned the importance of content localization. Now she uses this knowledge as International Content Marketing Manager to overlook Printful’s communications in all languages but English.


    1. Giedrė Šulčinskaitė Post author

      That’s great!
      If you want your products to be featured on Printful’s page, make sure to join Printful Insiders group on Facebook and follow the announcements!

    1. Giedrė Šulčinskaitė Post author

      I’m not entirely sure what you mean. If you’re thinking of adding some shirts in red, white, and blue for the 4th of July season, I’d say give it ago. Well, as long as you think your customers will be interested.

    1. Giedre Kronberga Post author

      Hi Maria,

      Our products are made globally but printed in the US, Latvia, and Mexico. If you’re exclusively interested in products made in the USA, head to our product catalog and look for the American flag at the bottom-right corner of the product image.

  1. Cathy

    You have a typo. Not exactly what a marketing company wants to have. 3rd paragraph, first sentence. You wrote “…you 4th of July”. It should be “your”.

    1. Daniela Bergmane

      Hey Cathy, thank you very much for spotting this!
      Will pass the information on and correct the mistake. 🙂

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