Get in Touch with Your Patriotic Side

The upcoming Fourth of July holiday has got me feeling rather patriotic. I’m often guilty of thinking of the Fourth as just a day to cookout and watch fireworks. But when I really take the time to think about the true purpose of the holiday, and how much this country has accomplished since 1776, it puts me in a history-mined kind of mood.

If you’re in Gulf Shores & Orange Beach and you’re finding yourself in a similar kind of mood, the Patriotic Daycation—one of several “daycations” listed on—might make a good itinerary for you. This itinerary has you visiting historic hot spots like The Battleship USS Alabama Memorial Park, the Civil War Trail, and Fort Morgan, among others.

If you really want to indulge that patriotic spirit, this is the way to go. Walk the decks of an actual historic battleship, hear stories about the role of Fort Morgan in the Civil War all the way up to World War II, go hiking through the former battlegrounds at Blakeley State Park, and learn about the history of naval aviation at the National Naval Aviation Museum.

I definitely think a trip to the past is in my future. Then I’m off to watch fireworks with a renewed appreciation.