These Independence Day quotes will put you in the holiday spirit. 
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This Fourth of July will look different than most with some social distancing measures in effect. Even if you can’t throw a big outdoor party or host an epic neighborhood parade, there are still plenty of ways to celebrate this year. As we navigate a time that is sure to be documented in future history books, take a minute to brush up on the history of the holiday and read these Fourth of July quotes from figures in our country’s history.  Whether you’re looking for an Instagram caption for your #PatrioticPie or just need an extra dose of the American spirit, these Independence Day quotes will help you celebrate the holiday. As you hang your Fourth of July decorations and make classic red, white, and blue desserts, reflect on what each of these patriotic quotes means to you.

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What You Can Do for Your Country

"Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country." - President John F. Kennedy

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The Opportunity to Do What Is Right

"May we think of freedom, not as the right to do as we please, but as the opportunity to do what is right." - Peter Marshall, Entertainer

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Nothing More Noble

"There is nothing nobler than risking your life for your country." – Congressman Nick Lampson

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Freedom Must Be Achieved

"In the truest sense, freedom cannot be bestowed; it must be achieved." - President Franklin D. Roosevelt

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The Essence of America

"The essence of America, that which really unites us, is not ethnicity, or nationality or religion. It is an idea, and what an idea it is—that you can come from humble circumstances and do great things.” - Condoleezza Rice, Former Secretary of State

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Shaping the Image of America

“With every friendship you make and every bond of trust you establish, you are shaping the image of America projected to the rest of the world.” - Former First Lady Michelle Obama

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Freedom is Earned

"Freedom is never really won. You earn it and win it in every generation.” - Coretta Scott King, Activist

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One Life to Lose

"I only regret that I have but one life to lose for my country." - Nathan Hale, Revolutionary War Soldier

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What is Right with America

"There is nothing wrong with America that cannot be cured by what is right with America." - President Bill Clinton

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Love for Country

"In the face of impossible odds, people who love their country can change it." - President Barack Obama

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The Magic of America

"The magic of America is that we're a free and open society with a mixed population. Part of our security is our freedom.” - Madeleine Albright, Former Secretary of State

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Honest, Truthful, and Virtuous

"The life of the nation is secure only while the nation is honest, truthful, and virtuous.” - Frederick Douglass, Abolitionist

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The Best of Times

“How wonderful it is to be an American. We have known the best of times and the worst of times.” - Maya Angelou, Author

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A Symbol of Liberty and Freedom

“I believe our flag is more than just cloth and ink. It is a universally recognized symbol that stands for liberty, and freedom. It is the history of our nation, and it’s marked by the blood of those who died defending it.” - Senator John Thune

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Sense of Nationhood

“Human rights is the soul of our foreign policy. And I say this with assurance, because human rights is the soul of our sense of nationhood.” - President Jimmy Carter

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Another Name for Opportunity

“America is another name for opportunity." - Ralph Waldo Emerson, Author

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Freedom and Responsibility

"I think of a hero as someone who understands the degree of responsibility that comes with his freedom." - Bob Dylan, Musician

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One Flag, One Land

“One flag, one land, one heart, one hand, one nation evermore.” - Oliver Wendell Holmes, Former Associate Supreme Court Justice

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Courage, Imagination, and Determination

“America was built on courage, on imagination, and an unbeatable determination to do the job at hand.” - President Harry S. Truman

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Duty, Honor, Country

"Duty, honor, country. Those three hallowed words reverently dictate what you ought to be, what you can be, what you will be." - General Douglas MacArthur

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Believe Impossible Things

“Tonight I dare you to dream, go on to believe impossible things. Whenever anybody says there’s anything we can’t do, I mean after all, there’s an American flag on the moon.” - Brad Paisley, Musician

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America Is Freedom

"America, to me, is freedom." - Willie Nelson, Musician

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We Make History

"Americans never quit. We never surrender. We never hide from history. We make history." - Senator John McCain

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Things Worth Fighting For

“We’re blessed with the opportunity to stand for something—for liberty and freedom and fairness. And these are things worth fighting for, worth devoting our lives to.” - President Ronald Reagan

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Freedom for Everybody

"It’s important that we establish that we are a country that has open arms and not closed borders for people. It’s important because we let people know why America is what it is. It’s about an ideal and that ideal is freedom for everybody." - Oprah Winfrey, Television Host

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Brave and Courageous

"It's what the brave and courageous are fighting for, an open sail on a distant shore: Freedom." - Kenny Chesney, Musician

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Speak Out

"Where you see wrong or inequality or injustice, speak out, because this is your country. This is your democracy. Make it. Protect it. Pass it on." - Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall

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Land of the Free

"This nation will remain the land of the free only so long as it is the home of the brave." - Elmer Davis, Reporter

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Proud to Be an American

“And I'm proud to be an American, where at least I know I'm free. And I won't forget the men who died, who gave that right to me. And I'd gladly stand up next to you and defend her still today. 'Cause there ain't no doubt, I love this land, God Bless the U.S.A.” - Lee Greenwood, Musician

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True Patriotism

"True patriotism springs from a belief in the dignity of the individual, freedom, and equality not only for Americans but for all people on earth.” - Former First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt

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Supporting Your Country

"Patriotism is supporting your country all the time, and your government when it deserves it." - Author Mark Twain

Comments (1)

Better Homes & Gardens Member
July 2, 2021
The second quote was NOT made by the Peter Marshall, entertainer, but it was made by Pastor Peter Marshall, Chaplain of the the US Senate 1947 - 1949 May we think of freedom, not as the right to do as we please, but as the opportunity to do what is right. Peter Marshall