3 Patriotic Meeting Ideas

By Stephanie Davis Smith, July 1, 2017

Events with an all-American or Fourth of July theme don’t have to be hokey. Some planners think beyond the streamers, stars and stripes. From political comedians to military CSR to vintage Americana decor, we salute their patriotic creativity.

“For one event we’re planning in Boston this summer, attendees will walk from Boston Convention & Exhibition Center toward the Boulevard of Flags led by Revolutionary War players with fifes and drums. Once they get to the open-air space, the fife and drum players will mix in with a DJ for a special dual performance.” —Cara Pratt, vice president of business development, Destination Partners Inc., a DMC Network Company

“GI Jive is a 1940s airplane hangar party where we incorporate real vintage planes and jeeps, an authentic big band and a cast of swing dancers in period garb for an event that benefits a local nonprofit, honors veterans and is sponsored by a big car dealership. More than 300 yards of red, white and blue fabric are rigged to the ceiling to create a bold focal point above the dance floor. Red, white and blue runners accentuate tables, detailed with flags held in Mason jars.” —Casey Reid, president, Eleven Events

“At an event I did last year for Combined Council of America’s Credit Unions’ 33rd annual conference held in Clearwater, Florida, we worked with Desert Storm and packed miracle boxes for the troops as CSR. We had a corner set up with decor. Our conference was September 10-13 so we did this as part of our 9/11 remembrance.” —Lisa LePage, Meeting Planner, A Plus Planners

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