“July 4th, 1776.” That date would forever be etched into the vast annals of history and memories of every American. It is the date that a collection of courageous, God-fearing and industrious patriots decided to break away from a tyrannical rule and declare themselves free men. It is the day a proud young nation destined to be the most powerful country in the world was born.
For more than two hundred years now, we have been celebrating Independence Day, the Fourth of July, with fanfare, parades, flag-raisings, fireworks, music, family gatherings, and festivity. We feel proud and grateful, remembering the courage and sacrifice of our forefathers.
The historical event reminds us of men like George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, and others who risked their lives to fulfill their vows in bringing forth a new nation based on the principles of democracy. They sacrificed a lot to establish a society free from tyranny, a country where everyone will truly be free.
Nowadays, with all the freedoms everyone enjoys, we can only imagine what our Forefathers went through. First, establishing the Continental Congress, a body to represent the first thirteen states and give guidance to a Noble Cause.
After that, they drafted the Declaration of Independence, the instrument that launched the movement for total independence from Britain. They did all that while being under the threat of getting arrested and hanged for sedition and treason. Moreover, that was only the beginning.
Several battles ensued between our Continental Army and the British Imperial forces with varying results. These went on until Great Britain finally recognized the futility of continuing their expeditions at the expense of the lives of His Majesty’s soldiers. Finally, the Dream, the Cause, was realized!
What a privilege it might have been to witness such a historical event that not only defined the future of our nation but also touched the lives of other peoples in the world. Remember, we shared our success with democracy with different countries with whom we had the opportunity to interact. How many peoples did we help in achieving their dreams of independence and self-rule? And today, they remain steadfast friends and allies.
Of course, such goals were achieved, not without sacrifices made by Americans. They believed in the principles of democracy and freedom that the very Forefathers instilled in our hearts and minds. In a way, Independence Day represents the freedom of a former colony from tyranny and some measure of victory of the whole human race in its continuing struggle against oppression and persecution.
Every year that we commemorate Independence Day, we are reminded of courage and sacrifice, victory, and defeat. We are also told of the challenges and privileges all Americans, present and future will face in preserving the freedoms we enjoy as long as “Old Glory” waves proudly over the “land of the brave and the free.”
The following most famous and inspiring Independence Day quotes will help you continue the quest of our Forefathers in the establishment, preservation of democracy, and its ideals.
Happy Independence Day Quotes
You have to love a nation that celebrates its independence every July 4, not with a parade of guns, tanks, and soldiers who file by the White House in a show of strength and muscle, but with family picnics where kids throw Frisbees, the potato salad gets iffy, and the flies die from happiness. You may think you have overeaten, but it is patriotism.
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.
America is much more than a geographical fact. It is a political and moral fact — the first community in which men set out in principle to institutionalize freedom, responsible government, and human equality.
The only way to deal with an unfree world is to become so absolutely free that your very existence is an act of rebellion.
This nation will remain the land of the free only so long as it is the home of the brave.
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.
Let freedom never perish in your hands.
If the freedom of speech is taken away then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter.
Freedom has its life in the hearts, the actions, the spirit of men and so it must be daily earned and refreshed – else like a flower cut from its life-giving roots, it will wither and die.
Dwight D. Eisenhower
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.
Liberty is the breath of life to nations.
George Bernard Shaw
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.
The American Revolution was a beginning, not a consummation.
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.
Liberty is always dangerous, but it is the safest thing we have.
Harry Emerson Fosdick
They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.
For what avail the plough or sail, or land or life, if freedom fail?
Ralph Waldo Emerson
[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.
May the sun in his course visit no land more free, more happy, more lovely, than this our own country!
Freedom lies in being bold.
Then join hand in hand, brave Americans all!By uniting we stand, by dividing we fall.
Independence Day Quotes And Sayings
Some birds are not meant to be caged, that’s all. Their feathers are too bright, their songs too sweet and wild. So you let them go, or when you open the cage to feed them they somehow fly out past you. And the part of you that knows it was wrong to imprison them in the first place rejoices, but still, the place where you live is that much more drab and empty for their departure.
If our country is worth dying for in time of war let us resolve that it is truly worth living for in time of peace.
Better to die fighting for freedom then be a prisoner all the days of your life.
Where liberty dwells, there is my country.
Liberties aren’t given, they are taken.
Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom, must, like men, undergo the fatigue of supporting it.
The advancement and diffusion of knowledge is the only guardian of true liberty.
The winds that blow through the wide sky in these mounts, the winds that sweep from Canada to Mexico, from the Pacific to the Atlantic – have always blown on free men.
Franklin D. Roosevelt
I prefer liberty with danger to peace with slavery.
The United States is the only country with a known birthday.
James G. Blaine
If you’re not ready to die for it, put the word ‘freedom’ out of your vocabulary.
How often we fail to realize our good fortune in living in a country where happiness is more than a lack of tragedy.
Freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed.
Martin Luther King Jr.
We need an America with the wisdom of experience. But we must not let America grow old in spirit.
Hubert H. Humphrey
I’d like to be remembered as a person who wanted to be free and wanted other people to be also free.
A man’s feet must be planted in his country, but his eyes should survey the world.
Humanity has won its battle. Liberty now has a country.
Marquis de Lafayette
A real patriot is the fellow who gets a parking ticket and rejoices that the system works.
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.
All men profess honesty as long as they can. To believe all men honest would be folly. To believe none so is something worse.
John Quincy Adams
We hold our heads high, despite the price we have paid, because freedom is priceless.
America, for me, has been the pursuit and catching of happiness.
America is a tune. It must be sung together.
Gerald Stanley Lee
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 so, my fellow Americans: ask not what your country can do for you – ask what you can do for your country. My fellow citizens of the world: ask not what America will do for you, but what together we can do for the freedom of man.
John F. Kennedy
Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe, to assure the survival and success of liberty.
John F. Kennedy
One flag, one land, one heart, one hand, One Nation evermore!
Oliver Wendell Holmes
Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation, conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.
These most famous and inspiring Independence Day quotes will help you continue the quest of our Forefathers in the establishment, preservation of democracy, and its ideals.