10 Quotes for July 4th That Celebrate Independence

American flag on July 4On July 4th, Americans celebrate so much more than a good day off from work to eat hot dogs and watch some fireworks. We are celebrating the birth of a nation, our people's Independence Day. So what better way to mark the Fourth of July than with quotes that speak to our independence?

An independence of spirit common among Americans, an independence from foreign rule hard won (and hard fought for today) by our military, an independence of thought that we are so fiercely proud to call our own?

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Because July 4th is a day when we all, as American, stand together and celebrate how lucky we are to live in a land of the FREE ... because of the brave.

What is your favorite quote about independence?


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nonmember avatar Pgh girl

"In less than an hour, aircraft from from the air forces will join each other from around the world and you will be launching the largest aerial battle in the history of mankind....mankind... that word should have new meaning for all of us today.. we can't be consumed by our petty differences anymore.. we will be united in our common interests. perhaps its fate that today is the fourth of july.. and you will be once again fighting for our freedom, not from tyranny, oppression or persecution.. but from annilalation.... we are fighting for our right to live.. to exist.. and should we win the day.. the fourth of july will be no longer an american holiday.. but the day the world declared in one voice.. we will not go quietly into the night! we will not vanish without a fight! we are going to live on... we are going to survive.. today! we celebrate our Independence Day"!!

nonmember avatar Zuri

I remember eight months ago and how doomsday seemed to be arriving to so many people in America. My life had been halted by a storm that, with aid, would take my school year away. When the election results came in, to some people America had triumphed, to others it was a sign of the end of time. For the next few months, we would be taken for a horrifying roller coaster ride that no one was sure we would survive. But we did. To me and to countless others I'm sure, today not only celebrates the courage of the colonists 237 years ago, but everything that every American has ever done to keep this country alive. 150 years ago today, two armies of one country recovered from a battle- a battle in a war that enabled me to be typing this in my own home today instead of being someone's property. Today is a day that celebrates the resilience of a country that has been through so much. In the past few months, we've proved we're stronger than a hurricane, stronger than a shooting, stronger than terrorism, and stronger than a tornado. With all that, what could keep us down? Yesterday, was watching a video of people mourning the loss of America, and just as I was watching, the fireworks started outside my house. I went, "Doesn't look like the loss of America to me."
Happy Independence Day!!!!!!!! :)

Aditi Kumer

Have a happy Independence Day, USA.

There is a contrast with other national days. For instance, Australia's national day is on 26 January, but is widely condemned as being inappropriate. It was "previously known as Anniversary Day, Invasion Day, Foundation Day, and Australian Natives' Association Day).... Celebrated annually on 26 January, the date commemorates the arrival of the First Fleet at Sydney Cove, New South Wales in 1788 and the proclamation at that time of British sovereignty over the eastern seaboard of Australia (then known as New Holland)." [Wikipedia]

The issue for Australians is that the British did not ask the natives if it was okay to arrive and take the land. Unlike in New Zealand, and some other places, there was no recognition of the natives. The land was deemed "terra nullius" (vacant land), even though it was obvious that they were there even on the first landings (as romantic paintings show) and the first few Governors did make approaches to the native tribes. This is why there is an annual discussion about the issue of the appropriate date.

So, a mistake of a few days (2/4 July) seems little, when it is widely celebrated.

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