Independence Day: Celebrating America

July 4th is right around the corner. While we are preparing for the grilling and all other festivities many of us have lined up, have we stopped to think what the 4th of July is about? Independence Day  is the national holiday of the United States of America that commemorates the signing of the Declaration of Independence by the Continental Congress on July 4, 1776. The signing of the declaration took place in Philadelphia by our founding fathers that set forth the path that this country would travel. The first Independence Day celebration took place July 4, 1777 a year after the Declaration was signed. By the early 1800s the tradition of parades, fireworks and picnics were established as the way to celebrate America’s birthday. For many of us, this day means celebrating freedom, the “American Spirit” and so much more that comes with this great country of ours.  In honor of this special occasion, let’s take a look a look at some red, white and blue products.

The Mavea Red Elemaris XL Water Filtration Pitcher is a water filter pitcher constructed from high quality material, including BPA-free plastic. The Mavea Elemaris water pitcher provides you with clean and clearer drinking water by reducing bacteria, dust, dirt, chlorine taste and odor. This Mavea pitcher has a capacity of 9 oz and includes a Smart Meter filter change indicator that measures water hardness, water volume and length of time in use for your convenience.

While it may not be cold or flu season, a humidifier can always come in handy. This Crane Cool Mist Humidifier relieves dry skin, coughing, congestion and cold symptoms. This white cool mist humidifier does not contain a heating element, making it safe for use in children’s rooms. Adding to the practicality of this white Crane humidifier is its whisper quiet operation and 11 continuous hours of moisture.

This blue Vapur Anti-Bottle is a reusable Vapur water bottle which features a revolutionary space-saving design. Vapur water bottles are extremely flexible and almost entirely collapsible. When filled with water this Vapur bottle stands up, yet when it is empty it can be rolled up, flattened or folded. This refillable and reusable Vapur water bottle is a responsible, eco-friendly alternative to constantly buying and carelessly throwing away disposable plastic water bottles. Made with BPA free plastic, the inner layer is odor, taste and stain resistant.

This 4th of July, remember to stay safe. Also, let us celebrate the freedom that we have in this country. Let us celebrate this place we call home.

Win a Set of Red, White & Blue Water Bottles in Our Most Patriotic Photo Contest

Red, White, and Blue water bottles

Enter for a chance to win this set of red, white, and blue water bottles

It’s the first day of July, which means that Independence Day is right around the corner. It’s never too early to start feeling patriotic or to showcase your love for this great nation. That’s why we’re having our first ever Most Patriotic Photo Contest. Just head on over to the Filters Fast Facebook page and post a photo on our wall of your most patriotic photo (or be creative and post a photo that you think best represents the spirit and freedom of America). The photo that receives the most “likes” wins a set of red, white, and blue water bottles.

To enter into the contest, just “like” our Facebook page and post a photo starting today Friday, July 1. As soon as your photo is published on our wall everyone will have a chance to vote on your photos by “liking” them. The voting will end at 3 p.m. on Friday, July 15, when we’ll announce the winner of the water bottles.  Also, if it’s easier, you can also e-mail photos to

Staying hydrated during those hot summer months can often be a difficult task, but now with this family set of water bottles, you can enjoy clean water anywhere. Representing the colors that best embody the United States, we’ll include the sporty Klean Kanteen 18 oz Bottle & Sport Cap 2.0 – Red , the Filters Fast 16oz Filtered Water Bottle for clean water, and the Klean Kanteen Sippy Cup – 12 oz Ocean Blue for the little one in the household. Klean Kanteen bottles are BPA-free and made of food-grade stainless steel for optimum quality and the Filters Fast water bottle features a built-in cartridge for filtering impurities from water on the go. Together these items represent a nearly $50 value.

Remember, voting begins as soon as you post your photo. Be sure to tell your friends to like our page so that they can vote!

Go Green for Independence Day

This Fourth of July, some environmentalists are ditching the traditional red, white and blue patriotic fireworks display in favor of a greener option. The environmental pollution caused by fireworks has been a concern for several years, but the smoke in the air is even more potent this year in La Jolla, CA. An environmentalist group is suing the city in an effort to stop the fireworks display, which is of particular concern because it takes place near one of the most biologically important marine areas in California.  The court hearing was set to take place today.

Fireworks contain toxic heavy metals that are linked, not only to air and water pollution, but also to cancer and respiratory problems. And this does not just affect the La Jolla community. Many people around the country will celebrate with fireworks this Independence Day, despite the potential harm to personal and environmental health.

If reading this doesn’t make you want to do away with the fireworks altogether, perhaps you should look into other, more eco-friendly options.  This list of creative ways to celebrate the Fourth of July bypasses the typical fireworks display in favor of more educational ways to mark the day’s importance, like visiting a local cemetery in honor of war veterans or throwing a patriotic-themed potluck party. If you must insist on lighting some fireworks, consider the nitrogen-rich variety, which produce less toxic fumes and smoke.