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There’s just something about seeing an American flag waving from a porch on a summer’s day. As we head into the season with four patriotic observances– Memorial Day, Flag Day, Armed Forces Day, and Independence Day–you might just be itching to add a little (more!) red, white, and blue to your life.

Whether you decorate your home with patriotic bunting, add a wreath to your door, or attend a parade, we know that military families have a special place in their hearts for patriotic gestures. Here are some ways that you can add a little extra star-spangled love for America to your summer this season:

1. Salute a military family

Military families move, on average, 7 times more than their civilian counterparts. That can take a toll on anyone. Share how you make military families feel welcome by sharing a post on social media using #DGHometownSalute between May 7 and June 3, 2018. When you do, Mars Wrigley Confectionery US will donate a dollar to Blue Star Families for each post using the hashtag. Up to $8,000 maximum.  See below for details.**

2. Add a little color to your candy dish

Take a trip to Dollar General® between May 7 and June 3, 2018 and purchase M&M’S® Red, White & Blue Milk Chocolate and Peanut Sharing Size 10.7-ounce candies and SKITTLES® America Mix Laydown Bag 14-ounce candies. For each bag you purchase, Mars Wrigley Confectionery US will donate a dollar to Blue Star Families. Up to $20,000 maximum.  See below for details.*

3. Enjoy a summer concert

Is there anything more summery–or more patriotic–than attending an outdoor concert in the park? Around Memorial Day and Independence Day, check the local news and community boards in your area for special patriotic concerts, which are often held by civilian and military musical groups. Dig out your lawn chairs and a blanket, wear a hat, bring a cooler with drinks and your dinner or snacks, and take in some music with your family.

4. Visit a park

There’s so much American history and beauty to take in and enjoy this summer… and learning about America through such a hands-on approach is a great way to celebrate the diversity of our nation. Visit a Blue Star Park; the Department of Interior estimates that every American lives within two hours of at least one. If you have children, check to see if there are any Kids in Parks events in your area in May!

5. Check out a museum

If it’s too hot for a park, learn about America’s cultural and historical riches through the Blue Star Museums program. From Memorial Day to Labor Day, more than 2,000 museums across the country are offering completely free entrance to military families. You can find out more, including what museums are near you (or on your PCS road trip) this summer here.

*For every participating product purchased at participating U.S. Dollar General® stores between 5/7/18 and 6/3/18, Mars Wrigley Confectionery US, LLC. Will donate $1 to Blue Star Families®, up to a maximum of $20,000. Your purchase is not tax-deductible. Participating products include M&M’S® Red, White & Blue Milk Chocolate and Peanut Sharing Size 10.7 oz candies and SKITTLES® America Mix Laydown Bag 14 oz candies. For more information about Blue Star Families, visit bluestarfam.org. © 2018 Mars or Affiliates.

**For every qualifying social media post shared with #DGHometownSalute between 5/7/18 and 6/3/18, Mars Wrigley Confectionery US, LLC will donate $1 to Blue Star Families, up to a maximum of $8,000.