Here’s the thing about memes: they’re funny because they’re true. That’s why these Fourth of July memes are so on point. Everyone has that one friend who’s a little foggy on American history but is all kinds of patriotic come Independence Day. Sure, they get Thomas Jefferson and Captain America confused, but start playing Lee Greenwood’s “God Bless the U.S.A.” and they’ll suddenly appear misty-eyed clad in an American flag jumpsuit. Don’t forget the one who always overspends on fireworks and wants you all to light them together at the park, which you’re pretty sure isn’t even legal.
What can we say? Americans are extra when it comes to love of their country and the levels many will go to share their patriotism are sometimes baffling. Who can forget the Florida man who stood outside in the midst of Hurricane Dorian, a giant stars and stripes in hand, blasting Slayer (per the Miami Herald)? Whether or not he knew he’d become meme fodder, it was a hilarious move. Whether you want to share some goofy Fourth of July memes because you’re feeling patriotic today, or because they’re a way to laugh off all the ways we still need to make progress for a day, there are plenty to choose from.
Now that you’ve had a laugh, put on your best Uncle Sam suit, prepare to post to your stories, and share these hilarious memes with friends to celebrate your American-made freedom of speech.