On July 4, 1776 our founding fathers drafted the Declaration of Independence, paving the path for the United States of America. In these modern times, you might feel compelled to remind people what this holiday is actually about by posting one of these patriotic 4th of July memes.
At some point along the road, we collectively decided that celebrating our country's emancipation from colonial rule required department store sales and excessive hot dog consumption. But it's also worth remembering that this holiday marks more than a day to BBQ and watch fireworks. Want to remind all your friends? These memes will interrupt the endless stream of pictures of red, white, and blue jello shots and cakes decorated like flags on your social media feeds, and instead provide a little reminder of everything we have to be thankful for.
We have a lot to celebrate, but there's always progress to be made. The good news is, it's entirely possible to honor the country you love while also striving to make it better. In fact, some say it's the very definition of a true patriot. As former president Barack Obama once said, according to Huffington Post, “Loving your country shouldn’t just mean watching fireworks on the Fourth of July. Loving your country must mean accepting your responsibility to do your part to change it. If you do, your life will be richer, our country will be stronger." You can celebrate your right to vote, and exercise it. You can honor the right to gather peacefully by joining a protest for a cause you believe in.
This Independence Day, do your part and wish your friends and family a happy 4th while reminding them to thank a service member, or emphasize the importance of civic engagement with a famous JFK quote. America gave us freedom to do what we please and celebrate how we wish. How much we choose to do with that freedom is up to us.