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‘We must be free not because we claim freedom, but because we practice it.’ — William Faulkner
Happy 4th of July!
On July 4, 1776, fifty-six leaders of the Continental Congress signed the Declaration of Independence. With this signing, our Founding Fathers declared themselves, along with the 2.5 million people living in the thirteen colonies, members of a new, independent nation: The United States of America.
This year’s Independence Day — July 4, 2019 — marks the 243rd anniversary of our country’s founding and the birth of the American dream.
Every year, patriotic folks across the nation celebrate our freedom and this momentous occasion with firework displays, BBQ parties, parades, outdoor games and lots (and lots!) of American-made beer, as scores of American flags can be seen soaring across the nation.
In fact, The National Retail Federation (NRF) reports that “Eighty-six percent of Americans plan to celebrate Independence Day this year, spending a total $6.7 billion on food items, according to NRF’s annual survey conducted by Prosper Insights & Analytics. Cookouts, barbecues and picnics continue to be the most popular activity (61%), followed by fireworks and community celebrations (40%).”
Some of the most popular menu items include hamburgers, ribs, potato salad, and hot dogs.
Meanwhile, U.S. Census Bureau data released by the Department of Commerce estimates that in 2012, $368.6 million worth of fireworks were purchased from retailers across the country.
Check out this spectacular display of fireworks in New York City that took place a few years ago (pretty impressive, huh?):
Displays and events like these bring families, friends, and community members together to mark the day and put their American pride on full display.
And being able to celebrate this American pride and patriotism is one of this country’s greatest hallmarks.
Over the years, many have spoken out about what makes America such a remarkable country.
The following quotes and sayings from their statements are patriotic, inspiring, and thought-provoking.
They reflect on our country’s long, unique history as the land of the free and home of the brave. And they show us what it means to be an American and have pride in this country’s values, including liberty, freedom, opportunity, and honesty.
In an era when it’s easy to find faults in this country’s current state of affairs, statements like these remind us of some of the reasons why America is so great after all.
Here’s our collection …Continue Reading