Known as Military City USA, San Antonio is home to year-round displays of patriotism. Miniature American flags line suburban streets. Veterans fly military flags from front-yard flagpoles across all ZIP codes. Since Memorial Day, just north of downtown, passersby have been captivated by a panoramic tribute to Independence Day.
A life-size cutout of Uncle Sam offers a sharp salute to motorists driving past a beige brick home. The red, white and blue sentinel stands at attention amid an array of Fourth of July yard art that encircles the one-story house. The display fans out beyond the red, clay-tile roof to the curb. Swaying spangles reflect stars and stripes. The tricolored scheme extends to four bicycles grounded in rock gardens. Faded hues of Old Glory tint cardboard letters that spell “Freedom.”