In 1776, our founding fathers declared independence from Great Britain, setting off a chain of events that gave us the great United States of America. Now, 222 years later, we celebrate each July 4th the way we know best — by circulating jokes about it on the internet. July 4th is just around the corner, and with that, the deepest and most hilarious corners of the internet are spitting out this year's round of obligatory funny 4th of July memes. They may not be quite as poetic as Thomas Jefferson, who ensured the Declaration of Independence included the right to the "pursuit of happiness" (previous drafts included only the pursuit of property), but they get the job done.
Beyond meme circulation, many Americans celebrate the day with parties and subsequent drinking. But it turns out that getting drunk in celebration of our country's independence isn't a tradition that's unique to this century. Today, Americans spend upwards of 341 million dollars on beer each July 4th, but rumor has it George Washington celebrated July 4th 1778 by treating his soldiers to a double ration of rum, Business Insider reported. What is new, however, is the right to a celebratory day off. The Fourth was celebrated for almost a century before it became a federal holiday in 1870. Can you imagine? The fourth is also famous for the day both Thomas Jefferson and John Adams died, according to CBS News. The men were both instrumental in the penning of the Declaration of Independence and passed on the 50th anniversary of its signing. It's a coincidence of historic proportions.
Today, with all of the obligatory July 4th posts, you'd have to live under a social-media-free rock in order to remain completely oblivious of a holiday. Many lament the streams of repetitive photos and sentiments, but you know what they say — if you can't beat 'em, join 'em. Might as well hop on the bandwagon and share a seasonally appropriate meme or two (or five). After all, when else can you get away with using a bald eagle in a pick up line, or rhyming star spangled with hammered?
No matter how you celebrate (or ignore) this holiday, we've got a meme for you. Fan of Legally Blonde? Check out number three. Mean Girls more your style? Scroll to number seven. One of the millions who was forced to wear matching Old Navy Flag Tees with their siblings back in the day? Number four is calling your name. Whether you're barbecue hopping or laying on the beach all day, waving a flag at your local parade or watching fireworks, you can make your family, friends, and Facebook followers alike laugh with this collection of memes.
1For Those Of Us Who Don't Think Amateurs & Fireworks Go Hand-In-Hand
Whose idea was it to celebrate our country's independence by mixing alcohol with explosives?
2Hey Great Britain, We Are Never Ever Ever Getting Back Together
Who knew the founding fathers were the Taylor Swift of the 1770s.
4What Is It With The Early 2000s Moms & Matching Flag Tees?
Nothing screams forced family photo like those iconic tees
8In Case Your Fourth Of July Plans Necessitate A Pick-Up Line
This one should rule out any potential suitors who don't have a sense of humor.
Is this not what the founding fathers meant by life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness?
11Like A Pinterest Fail, But With Explosives
Call me crazy, but maybe leave the fireworks to the professionals?
12Waking Up On July 5th Like
The only thing worse than Mondays are Mondays after a holiday weekend.
13The Happiest Fireworks Show On Earth
When the fireworks set off in your neighbors' driveway don't really compare to the ones exploding over Cinderella's Castle
15*Very* Proud To Be An American
When it comes to America jokes, Ron Swanson is a national treasure.
16You're Welcome, Canada
Sorry to all the Beliebers out there.
17Hangovers > Hospital Visits
Though it may feel like there are fireworks going off in your head the next morning...
19When You Don't Have Anything Red To Wear So You Let Your Sunburn Speak For Itself
Now that's dedication.