Each year on July 4, people of the United States celebrate the country's independence. Americans mark the day by hosting cookouts with family and friends, attending parades, taking trips to the local pool or beach, and hitting up fireworks displays after the sun goes down. It's a day of fun, camaraderie, and patriotism, though the ladder can sometimes get a little lost among all the activity and excitement. This year, before shimmying into your swimsuit or firing up the grill, you should read some patriotic 4th of July quotes to really get you into the spirit of the holiday.
After all, it's not all about spending the day with family and friends. It's also about celebrating the work it's taken (and continues to take) to make this country the best that it can be for all those who live here.
These quotes come from former presidents and first ladies, authors and poets, entertainers, Founding Fathers, and other. Each and every one gets to the roots of patriotism and will make you proud to be an American this 4th of July. Though Americans have many differences and disagreements, there are still some things that can unite them all.