The Fourth is a celebration of independence and freedom—and what’s more freeing than a sweaty, heart-pounding run outside in the fresh air? And running feels especially charged this summer, as people run to raise awareness and to support those who don’t always feel safe and free when they run. Whatever your reason for running, you might as well do it in style. This summer, celebrate the holiday in July 4th running gear that includes patriotic shoes, apparel, and more.
“Suck It, King George” Goodr Sunglasses | $25
Goodr sunglasses are a favorite among runners thanks to a lightweight design and excellent durability. They’re snug enough to prevent bouncing, and a special grip coating on the frames keeps them from slipping on sweaty runs. And polarized lenses cut the glare if you actually prefer running at high noon in the summer. These OG frames come in a myriad of color combos, but the “Suck It, King George” design is perfect for the Fourth.
Brooks Launch 7 | $100
Brooks has never shied away from a themed shoe, and their limited-edition Launch 7 doesn’t disappoint with red and blue soles, laces, and cushioning, and stars and stripes on the logo. Aesthetics aside, the Launch 7 is a perfect middle-of-the-road running shoe that employs the brand’s BioMoGo DNA midsole cushioning for a bouncy, speedy ride that can go the distance. A new one-piece mesh upper takes off some weight for more breathable summer runs.
Under Armour Freedom USA Tank | $25
It doesn’t get comfier than a loose cotton tank with USA printed in red, white, and blue. Under Armour’s tank is made from a super soft cotton blend (no chafing!), and has cute crossover straps with a keyhole cutout on the back. Wear it on your run or pair it with denim for your post-workout BBQ.
Fabletics Star Seamless Bra | $44.95
If you can get away with a low-impact bra during runs, you’ll love the stars-and-stripe motif on this Fabletics design. It’s made from high-performance fabric that features anti-chafe and anti-stink technologies, and it has a ventilated cutout in the pack for the sweatiest summer miles. Plus, if you want your July 4th running gear to fit the Instagram-friendly workout set trend, there are matching capris.
BUFF USA Coolnet UV+ | $24
Bet you never thought you’d need as many buffs as the current world status calls for… This one can serve multiple purposes, whether you’re using it to keep your hair out of your eyes while running, blocking dust and dirt on the trail, or protecting yourself during a last-minute grocery run for cookout supplies. The moisture-wicking material blocks UV rays and manages odor, and features the perfect colorway for July 4.
Oiselle Roga Shorts | $58
You can’t miss these fire-engine red run shorts from Oiselle. After 10 years, the brand’s signature shorts have gotten a modern upgrade with pockets on the back large enough to fit your phone, a compression waist band, and a new stretchy woven fabric that moves more seamlessly with your stride. Pair it with a blue or white tank to show off your USA pride without being super OTT.
Saucony 4th of July Kinvara 11 | $120
The Kinvara is a versatile shoe, light enough for races but sturdy enough for long, easy runs. The latest iteration uses PWRRUN foam, which adds cushioning and bounce without weighing things down. But there’s really one one color option for this time of year, and that’s the limited-edition red-and-blue ombre printed with stars.
Tracksmith Run Bra | $58
Another understated patriotic option, the Tracksmith Run Bra works especially well for the Fourth, but wouldn’t look out of place any other day of the year. Its muted navy and signature red and white racing stripe on the band stay true to the band’s retro roots. But there are two layers of highly compressive fabric that can stand up to tempo paces, and a racerback design offers added support.
ASICS GEL-Cumulus 22 | $120
ASICS is known for unique color combos, but nothing is more tried and true than red, white, and blue. The newest update to a running favorite features a one-piece mesh upper that joins with a seamless 3D print construction for extra support. The brand’s FLYTEFOAM technology midsole is softer than ever, and the heel has been redesigned to better absorb impact. Plus, it’s 2 ounces lighter than the 21—weight that counts as the miles add up.
Under Armour Americana Crew Socks | $15
If you’re not the kind of runner who likes to wear their patriotism on their sleeve (or chest, or hips) and wants more subtle July 4th running gear, a pair of classic crew socks may have enough “USA!” spirit for you. Under Armour’s sweat-wicking socks have strategic cushioning to protect high-impact areas of the feet and embedded arch support to reduce foot fatigue. Plus, there’s anti-odor technology every runner will be thankful for.
Mizuno Patriotic Tights | $50
This summer’s temperatures are predicted to be scorching, but if you’re the kind of runner who prefers leggings no matter what the thermometer says, you can’t go wrong with Mizuno’s lightweight, full-length tights with red and blue stripes. They’re moisture-wicking and have a back zip pocket for storage, and if you peek inside the waistband, you’ll see the phrase “United We Stand.”
BOA Interval Singlet | $32
OK, who knows your chances of ever donning a real Team USA singlet, but in the meantime, this will do the trick. BOA’s racerback tank is lightweight and breathable to keep you cool and fast, with offset seams and a dropped hem that prevent chafing and provide extra coverage. At the very least, you’ll feel like you could keep up with Aliphine Tuliamuk.
Rabbit Hopper Shorts | $56
Rabbit’s “’MERICA” collection dropped just in time for July 4th, and it’s filled with stars and stripes. These striped blue shorts are especially nice because they don’t hit you over the head with their patriotism. They’re super lightweight and quick-drying, with a 4-inch inseam, chafe-free liner, wide waistband, and slim fit that can move with you at any pace.
Adidas Ultraboost 20 | $180
Adidas’ Ultraboost foam changed the game when it first came out in 2013; this year, it got a fresh update with even more of that springy Boost foam and a redesigned upper that’s simultaneously more secure and more flexible. Wear it for a speed run or for marathon training, and your feet will feel good. And in this red, white, and blue colorway, they’ll look just as good on the run as they will at your town’s fireworks celebration.