To many Americans, the 4th of July means a long weekend filled with family and food. The day, however, obviously has a much deeper significance: the founding of our country. Way back in 1776, the United States was born when American colonists decided they'd had enough of British rule and declared independence. If you're in need of a little positivity this year to celebrate the country's 241st birthday, there are a number of of inspirational 4th of July quotes to get you in the true spirit of the day.
Many peoples celebrate the holiday with things like parades, trips to the beach, and, of course, lots of fireworks— it is, after all, kind of a giant birthday party. And that's actually what one of the Founding Fathers intended for the holiday. According to Slate, John Adams once wrote in a letter to his wife Abigail that the day should be celebrated with "pomp and parade, with [shows], games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations from one end of this continent to the other from this time forward forever more." It seems his wish came true, as many still mark the founding of the country with the same kind of festivities. That being said, it's still important to keep the meaning of the holiday in mind.
Here are 15 inspirational quotes about the 4th of July to remind you just what you're celebrating this year.
"Those who won our independence believed liberty to be the secret of happiness and courage to be the secret of liberty." — Louis D. Brandeis
"In the truest sense, freedom cannot be bestowed; it must be achieved." — Franklin D. Roosevelt
"Liberty is the breath of life to nations." — George Bernard Shaw
"Freedom lies in being bold." — Robert Frost
"We must be free not because we claim freedom, but because we practice it." — William Faulkner
"There is nothing wrong with America that cannot be cured by what is right with America." — Bill Clinton
"America is hope. It is compassion. It is excellence. It is valor." — Paul Thongs
"Where liberty dwells, there is my country." — Benjamin Franklin
"America is another name for opportunity. Our whole history appears like a last effort of divine providence on behalf of the human race." — Ralph Waldo Emerson
"America was not built on fear. America was built on courage, on imagination and on an unbeatable determination to do the job at hand." — Harry Truman
"May the sun in his course visit no land more free, more happy, more lovely than this our own country." — Daniel Webster
"I believe in America because we have great dreams, and because we have the opportunity to make those dreams come true." — Wendell Willkie
"Humanity has won its battle. Liberty now has a country." — Marquis de Lafayette
"Liberty has never come from the government. Liberty has always come from the subjects of it. The history of liberty is a history of resistance." - Nadia Boulanger
"If we succeed, it will not be because of what we have, but it will be because of what we are; not because of what we own, but, rather because of what we believe." - Lyndon B. Johnson