The Best Quotes about the Fourth of July & American Independence Day

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I wanted my show to look like the fourth of July.  -Rick James

Kiss is a Fourth of July fireworks show with a backbeat.  -Gene Simmons

This Fourth of July is yours, not mine. You may rejoice, I must mourn.  -Frederick Douglass

It rained all that night. The next day was Saturday, the Fourth of July.  -Michael Shaara

We don’t celebrate dependence day on the Fourth of July. We celebrate Independence Day.  -Ronald Reagan

Republicans believe every day is the Fourth of July, but the democrats believe every day is April 15.  -Ronald Reagan

This flick is all I have to say about being 17, the United States Navy, Christmas and the Fourth of July.  -Kenneth Anger

No other date on the calendar more potently symbolizes all that our nation stands for than the Fourth of July.  -Mac Thornberry

Think for a moment: what is the British equivalent of the U.S. Fourth of July, or even the French 14th of July for that matter?  -Gordon Brown

I wanted change and excitement and to shoot off in all directions myself, like the colored arrows from a Fourth of July rocket.  -Sylvia Plath

The sunlight that has brought life and healing to you has brought stripes and death to me. This Fourth of July is yours, not mine.  -Frederick Douglass

Our opponents see an America in which every day is April 15, tax day. Well, we see an America in which every day is the Fourth of July.  -Ronald Reagan

It said, ‘War Is Not the Answer.’ I disagree. I think war absolutely is the answer. And if you don’t agree with me, happy Fourth of July.  -Iliza Shlesinger

I always have the most fun on the Fourth of July. You don’t have to exchange any gifts. You just go to the beach and watch fireworks. It’s always fun  -James Lafferty

After I saw Kiss on stage, I wanted my show to look like the fourth of July. The persona of Rick James was wild and crazy, sex, drugs and rock and roll.  -Rick James

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For years I’ve nursed a secret desire to spend the Fourth of July in a double hammock with a swingin’ redheaded broad. But I could never find me a double hammock  -Frank Sinatra

I am the living death, a Memorial Day on wheels. I am your Yankee Doodle Dandy, your John Wayne come home, your Fourth of July firecracker exploding in the grave.  -Ron Kovic

St. Patrick’s Day is the fourth biggest drinking day in America. It’s not the biggest. It’s right behind New Year’s Eve, Fourth of July, or any Secret Service party.  -David Letterman

A sucker punch came flying from somewhere in the back. As soon as we can see clearly with our big black eye, we’re going to light up your world like the fourth of July.  -Toby Keith

Read the Declaration of Independence to your children as a tradition every Fourth of July. Make sure they understand why the word “pursuit” precedes the word “happiness.”  -Jeff Bezos

They claim we’re products from the bottom of Hell, But the black is back, and it’s bound to sell. Picture us coolin’ out on the Fourth of July… And if you heard we were celebratin’, that’s a worldwide lie.  -Flavor Flav

The flames kindled on the Fourth of July, 1776, have spread over too much of the globe to be extinguished by the feeble engines of despotism; on the contrary, they will consume these engines and all who work them.  -Thomas Jefferson

I don’t know what’s my first real memory. When you’re little, you’re always looking forward to days that are special, like Christmas, birthdays, the Fourth of July, and family gatherings. But I can’t pinpoint my earliest memory.  -Ice Cube

Now I wish she’d never broken any of her rules. I understood why she held to them so hard. Once you broke the first one, they all broke, one by one, like firecrackers exploding in your face in a parking lot on the Fourth of July.  -Janet Fitch

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What I remember about the experience is that if you went to go see ‘Born On The Fourth Of July’ and you happened to take a bathroom break real quick or grab some popcorn, you probably missed me. It was short, but it was memorable.  -Vivica Fox

July 4. Statistics show that we lose more fools on this day than in all the other days of the year put together. This proves, by the number left in stock, that one fourth of July per year is now inadequate, the country has grown so  -Mark Twain

What, to the American slave, is your Fourth of July? I answer: A day that reveals to him, more than all other days of the year, the gross injustices and cruelty to which he is the constant victim. To him your celebration is a sham. -Frederick Douglass

What I remember about that experience is that if you went to go see ‘ Born On The Fourth Of July’ and you happened to take a bathroom break real quick or grab some popcorn, you probably missed me. It was short, but it was memorable.  -Vivica A. Fox

Soldiers of the American Revolution fought that 18th century war with heavy muskets. In the early 20th century, we kids fought it every Fourth of July not only with exploding powder and shimmering flares, but with all of our senses.  -Paul Engle

The American people aren’t overtaxed. The government in Washington is overfed. The main difference between ourselves and the other side is: we see an America where every day is the Fourth of July. They see an America where every day is April 15.  -Ronald Reagan

Our small ears never had such a workout as on the Fourth of July, hearing not only our own bursting crackers but also those of our friends, and often the boom of homemade cannon shot off by daring boys of 16 years, ready to lose a hand if it blew up.  -Paul Engle

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The Fourth of July -memorable in the history of our nation as the great day of independence to its countrymen -had no claim upon our sympathies. They made a flag and threw it to the heavens and bid it float forever; but every star in it was against us.  -Henry McNeal Turner

May it be long before the people of the United States shall cease to take a deep and pervading interest in the Fourth of July, as the birthday of our national life, or the event which then occurred shall be subordinated to any other of our national history.  -Samuel Freeman Miller

At noon, on the Fourth of July, 1826, while the Liberty Bell was again sounding its old message to the people of Philadelphia, the soul of Thomas Jefferson passed on; and a few hours later John Adams entered into rest, with the name of his old friend upon his lips.  -Allen Johnson

If I was ever a rare fine summer person, that’s long ago. Most of us are half -and -half. The August noon in us works to stave off the November chills. We survive by what little Fourth of July wits we’ve stashed away. But there are times when we’re all autumn people.  -Ray Bradbury

Noises and smells, those can bring back powerful memories. I remember when I was going to school one Fourth of July, and there were a lot of fireworks going off. I knew that I was in Richmond. I knew that I was a college student. But I thought people were shooting at me.  -Kevin Powers

Fourth of July. My birthday is July first, and my best friend’s birthday is July fifth, so it’s always been a favorite holiday. It’s all about having a cooler full of sodas, hot dogs, and just hanging out and shooting off firecrackers, being low -key, watching the fireworks.  -Hilarie Burton

That’s one of the reasons I never wanted to get married. The last thing I wanted was infinite security and to be the place an arrow shoots off from. I wanted change and excitement and to shoot off in all directions myself, like the colored arrows from a Fourth of July rocket.  -Sylvia Plath

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I’m a fan of Oliver Stone. I like his movies, I like his excess, and I think he has a great capacity for empathy and it comes out more powerfully in this movie than in any of his other films, even the formal ‘I’m identifying with the underdog’ movies like ‘Born on the Fourth of July.’  -Greil Marcus

Now, we don’t get that many specific threats against sporting events, per se. But we know from listening to the chatter how terrorists want to attack iconic events. So whether it’s a major Fourth of July celebration or the Super Bowl or the World Series, we assume that that is what they’re targeting.  -Peter T. King

Well, it’s an unimaginable honor to be the president during the Fourth of July of this country. It means what these words say, for starters. The great inalienable rights of our country. We’re blessed with such values in America. And I  – it’s  – I’m a proud man to be the nation based upon such wonderful values.  -George W. Bush

Fame is a funny thing. I like doing normal things. I like going to fairs. I like going to ball games. I like going to Disney World or a big field on the Fourth of July and having picnics with friends. The problem is you’re either worried you’re going to be recognized, or you’re thankful you’re not. It’s always there.  -Chris Evans

Of course, Mr. Hannity was outraged that any American would not cross her hand over her heart and repeat the hypocritical words, one nation. Whenever we come up on the Fourth of You Lie, I think of Frederick Douglas and his masterful oration, The meaning of the Fourth of July to the Negro. Pledge the flag? I think not!  -Julianne Malveaux

If America is destroyed, it may be by Americans who salute the flag, sing the national anthem, march in patriotic parades, cheer Fourth of July speakers  – normally good Americans, but Americans who fail to comprehend what is required to keep our country strong and free, Americans who have been lulled away into a false security.  -Ezra Taft Benson

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The business aspects of the Fourth of July is not perfect as it stands. See what it costs us every year with loss of life, the crippling of thousands with its fireworks, and the burning down of property. It is not only sacred to patriotism and universal freedom, but to the surgeon, the undertaker, the insurance offices  – and they are working it for all it is worth.  -Mark Twain

Let the Fourth of July always be a reminder that here in this land, for the first time, it was decided that man is born with certain God -given rights; that government is only a convenience created and managed by the people, with no powers of its own except those voluntarily granted to it by the people. We sometimes forget that great truth, and we never should. Happy Fourth of July.  -Ronald Reagan

…there was the annual Fourth of July picketing at Independence Hall in Philadelphia. …I thought it was ridiculous to have to go there in a skirt. But I did it anyway because it was something that might possibly have an effect. I remember walking around in my little white blouse and skirt and tourists standing there eating their ice cream cones and watching us like the zoo had opened.  -Martha Shelley

So it was a really pleasant surprise when [Independence Day] turned out to be a successful film. I don’t know if you’ve heard that they’re going to be re -releasing it next Fourth of July in 3 -D. I’ve actually only seen it once, and it was in Hawaii, in a little theater in Oahu shortly after it was released. But Roland Emmerich is a really smart guy, and he makes really fun movies to watch.  -Brent Spiner

When we were the political slaves of King George, and wanted to be free, we called the maxim that “all men are created equal” a self evident truth; but now when we have grown fat, and have lost all dread of being slaves ourselves, we have become so greedy to be masters that we call the same maxim “a self evident lie” The fourth of July has not quite dwindled away; it is still a great day -for burning fire -crackers!!!  -Abraham Lincoln

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Everybody prays whether [you think] of it as praying or not. The odd silence you fall into when something very beautiful is happening or something very good or very bad. The ah -h -h -h! that sometimes floats up out of you as out of a Fourth of July crowd when the sky -rocket bursts over the water. The stammer of pain at somebody else s pain. The stammer of joy at somebody else’s joy. Whatever words or sounds you use for sighing with over your own life. These are all prayers in their way.  -Frederick Buechner

What I’m talking about is more than recompense for past injustices—more than a handout, a payoff, hush money, or a reluctant bribe. What I’m talking about is a national reckoning that would lead to spiritual renewal. Reparations would mean the end of scarfing hot dogs on the Fourth of July while denying the facts of our heritage. Reparations would mean the end of yelling “patriotism” while waving a Confederate flag. Reparations would mean a revolution of the American consciousness, a reconciling of our self -image as the great democratizer with the facts of our history.  -Ta -Nehisi Coates

I used to come out here every Fourth of July as a child to picnic and to swim on the island, to tour the fort and wander through it. And all of that time, I never knew anything about the presence of black soldiers on the island. And so, for me, this was a way of trying to tell another history, a lost or a forgotten or a little -known history about these black soldiers who played an important part in American history.” Trethewey said. Coincidentally, she was born “exactly 100 years to the day that Mississippi celebrated the first Confederate Memorial Day, April 26, 1866.  -Natasha Trethewey

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