Fabulous fashion honoring the ‘land of the free’

GREEN BAY – Among the thousands of people in downtown Green Bay to celebrate America’s 238th birthday, a few showed off some fabulous fashion to honor the land of the free.

“I dress up every year for every holiday,” said Tia Elsner of Wausau.

Elsner is one person who wears her American pride a little more than others. Wearing a tutu, suspenders and a hat, she was covered in red, white and blue from head to toe.

“I’m a 25-year-old adult dressed up like a child, but I mean there’s a point in time every year where you have to do something crazy,” she said. “It’s all for good fun.”

Cebo Bell of Green Bay wore shorts and a hat featuring the stars and stripes from the American flag.

“I’m feeling the patriotic spirit, and yeah I wanted to stand out a little bit,” said Bell. “I thought everyone else would be a little more.”

He had a tough time keeping his patriotic attire in his closet.

“Memorial Day, I tried to do it, but no, no, no, I gotta wait, wait, wait, and wait, wait, wait, and here it is, Fourth of July now, so I can bring out the outfit,” he said.

Chris and Sally Saddler of Little Suamico buy Independence Day shirts every year.

“Just to honor America, the Fourth,” said Chris Saddler. “Have fun and unwind and just have fun.”

While some Fourth of July fashion can be bought, others choose to make it themselves. Katie McClinchy of Green Bay made blue and white shirts with her daughter.

“I actually got the idea of the shirts off of YouTube, and then we just went and bought the materials,” said McClinchy. “We make it all together as a family.”

Creating outfits to honor America has become a tradition for McClinchy.

“We do it every year,” she said. “We always come down here, and we get all dressed up, and it’s something fun for our family.”

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