What could be more American than small businesses? In 1776, the Founding Fathers declared independence to achieve economic freedom for their communities. Today, small and independently owned businesses carry on that tradition, from sea to shining sea. This July, consumers can declare their support for independence by shopping small and celebrating on Main Street.
July 1-7, 2017
Salt Lake City, Utah
In the spirit of Independence Day, Local First Utah will recognize the first week in July as Independents Week. During Independents Week, Local First Utah encourages consumers throughout the state to pledge to buy local. Individuals who take the pledge will receive social media graphics to share throughout the week, and they can choose to have their name listed online as an official local supporter. More information is available from Local First Utah.
July 2, 2017
After being rescheduled due to inclement weather back in May, Louisville’s Buy Local Fair stands to be an Independence Day weekend delight. The Buy Local Fair, organized by the Louisville Independent Business Alliance, will feature more than 180 local business booths, including food and beverage vendors, retailers and more. The fair’s Drink Local Craft Cocktail Competition will highlight local distilleries and the spirits that Kentucky is known for. More information is available from the Louisville Independent Business Alliance.
Fourth of July Car & Motorcycle Show
July 4, 2017
Culpeper will celebrate America’s love of classic cars and motorcycles with a downtown festival on Independence Day. Participants will bring their custom, classic and antique cars to the show, as well as motorcycles and trucks. Meanwhile, the Americana vibe will be amplified by the sound of oldies music and the smell of hamburgers, barbeque and ice cream wafting through the air. More information is available from Culpeper Renaissance.
Maine Celtic Celebration
July 14-16, 2017
Of course, a celebration of America’s roots wouldn’t be complete without a celebration of the cultures that built the country’s first communities. The coastal Maine town of Belfast will celebrate its Celtic heritage in a family-friendly weekend. The Celtic Celebration will include live music, games and a cheese roll. More information is available from Our Town Belfast.
July 15, 2017
Port Washington, Wisconsin
This annual event on Port Washington’s lakefront promises to serve up the “world’s largest one-day outdoor fish fry.” The day starts with a run/walk event, followed by a festive parade. Throughout the day, visitors can enjoy carnival games, music and food from nine fish-and-chips stands. In true July fashion, the day will culminate with a fireworks display. More information is available from Visit Port Washington.
As you celebrate the independence that created the country more than 200 years ago, it’s important to honor the small businesses and local organizations that continue to represent that independence in the modern day. Main Street businesses keep their communities independent from distant corporate headquarters, creating jobs and reinvesting profits locally. In turn, that work fosters a more vibrant and economically resilient community for years to come.