Best Fourth of July Graphic Design Resources

The Fourth of July is all about celebrating our independence and those freedoms guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution. One of those freedoms is of freedom of expression, and so how better to celebrate Independence Day than by listing where you can get some great graphic design freebies and inspiration?

Here's a quick run-down of some of the best Fourth of July resources on the web:

  • FreeVectors has a free patriotic balloon vector you can place on postcards, banners, brochures, sales signs and just about any other Independence Day promotion.
  • They're not always free, but if you run a search on Graphic Leftovers you can find original vectors dirt cheap, like this grunge American flag vector for $5 or this statue of liberty vector for $1.
  • Vector Stuff has a free Uncle Sam poster vector that states "I want you for the U.S. Army."
  • You can find some amazing free fireworks vectors at Free Vector Downloads.
  • At Vector Diary, Tony Soh lays out a great way to make fireworks in Illustrator. Tony writes like it's for New Year's, but these firework designs look just as great on the Fourth of July! You can also get some free Photoshop fireworks brushes from DeviantArt.
  • The history of Independence Day and the American Revolution provide fascinating stories you can use for inspiration. Check out The History Channel and Wikipedia to get you started.
  • What's more American than a backyard cookout than colorful Independence Day recipes found at AllRecipes?
  • And of course, don't forget Creative Commons to run a search for commercial work you can copy and edit for your own Fourth of July graphic designs. Also, try a search using Flickr or Google Images as your database for best results.