Independence Day
Independence Day (colloquially the Fourth of July) is a federal holiday in the United States commemorating the Declaration of Independence of the United States, on July 4, 1776. The Continental Congress declared that the thirteen American colonies were no longer subject (and subordinate) to the monarch of Britain, King George III, and were now united, free, and independent states. The Congress had voted to declare independence two days earlier, on July 2, but it was not declared until July 4.

Independence Day is commonly associated with fireworks, parades, barbecues, carnivals, fairs, picnics, concerts, baseball games, family reunions, political speeches, and ceremonies, in addition to various other public and private events celebrating the history, government, and traditions of the United States. Independence Day is the national day of the United States.

  • [W]e look forward to a world founded upon four essential human freedoms. The first is freedom of speech and expression—everywhere in the world. The second is freedom of every person to worship God in his own way--everywhere in the world. The third is freedom from want—which, translated into world terms, means economic understandings which will secure to every nation a healthy peacetime life for its inhabitants—everywhere in the world. The fourth is freedom from fear—which, translated into world terms, means a world-wide reduction of armaments to such a point and in such a thorough fashion that no nation will be in a position to commit an act of physical aggression against any neighbor--anywhere in the world. — Franklin Roosevelt

  • Better to die fighting for freedom then be a prisoner all the days of your life. — Bob Marley

  • For to be free is not merely to cast off one's chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others. — Nelson Mandela

  • Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same. — Ronald Reagan

  • Freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed. — Martin Luther King Jr.

  • Freedom lies in being bold. — Robert Frost

  • I do not agree with what you have to say, but I'll defend to the death your right to say it. — Voltaire

  • I'd like to be remembered as a person who wanted to be free and wanted other people to be also free. — Rosa Parks

  • If the freedom of speech is taken away then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter. — George Washington

  • If you're not ready to die for it, put the word 'freedom' out of your vocabulary. — Malcolm X

  • It does not take a majority to prevail, but rather an irate, tireless minority, keen on setting brushfires of freedom in the minds of men. — Samuel Adams

  • It is by the goodness of God that in our country we have those three unspeakably precious things: freedom of speech, freedom of conscience, and the prudence never to practice either of them. — Mark Twain

  • 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. — Woodrow Wilson

  • The advancement and diffusion of knowledge is the only guardian of true liberty. — James Madison

  • The only way to deal with an unfree world is to become so absolutely free that your very existence is an act of rebellion. — Albert Camus

  • We hold our heads high, despite the price we have paid, because freedom is priceless. — Lech Walesa

  • We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. — Benjamin Franklin