This is a list of some of the best 4th of July quotes and 4th of July sayings for celebrating Independence Day. You'll find plenty of funny 4th of July sayings and quotes on this list, from comedians like George Carlin and Stephen Colbert.
Of course, you'll also find meaningful and inspirational fourth of July quotes, from historical figures like Benjamin Franklin, Abraham Lincoln, and Wendell L. Willkie. There's a great John Adams 4th of July quote that reads, "It will be celebrated with pomp and parade, bonfires and illuminations from one end of this continent to the other." However, he is not the only former president who has patriotic 4th of July quotes. This list also features famous 4th of July quotes from Dwight D. Eisenhower, John F. Kennedy, Harry S. Truman, and Barack Obama, among others.
There are also cute and happy 4th of July quotes from famous writers, such as Mark Twain, Germaine Greer, and Ralph Waldo Emerson. There are, of course, also plenty of freedom 4th of July quotes. That's what Independence Day is all about.
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“Independence Day: 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, 34th President of the United States
"You have to love a nation that celebrates its independence every July 4th, 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."
- Erma Bombeck, humorist
“It will be celebrated with pomp and parade, bonfires and illuminations from one end of this continent to the other.”
- John Adams, 2nd President of the United States
“The United States is the only country with a known birthday.”
- James G. Blaine, Former Speaker of the United States House of Representatives
"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."
- Lee Greenwood, American country music singer-songwriter
“America is a tune. It must be sung together.”
- Gerald Stanley Lee, American Congregational clergyman and author
“I believe in America because we have great dreams, and because we have the opportunity to make those dreams come true.”
- Wendell L. Willkie, lawyer and 1940 Republican nominee for President of the United States
“We on this continent should never forget that men first crossed the Atlantic, not to find soil for their ploughs, but to secure liberty for their souls."
- Robert J. McCracken, author
“I like to see a man proud of the place in which he lives. I like to see a man live so that his place will be proud of him.”
- Abraham Lincoln, 16th President of the United States
“Where liberty dwells, there is my country.”
- Benjamin Franklin, one of the Founding Fathers of the United States
“America is another name for opportunity.”
- Ralph Waldo Emerson, essayist, lecturer, philosopher, abolitionist, and poet
"God Bless America, my home, sweet home."
- Irving Berlin, American composer and lyricist
“It’s Fourth of July weekend, or, as I call it, Exploding Christmas.”
- Stephen Colbert, comedian, writer, producer, political commentator, actor, and television host
“This nation will remain the land of the free only so long as it is the home of the brave.”
- Elmer Davis, journalist and Director, Office of War Information, World War II
“Patriotism is supporting your country all the time, and your government when it deserves it.”
- Mark Twain, American writer, humorist, entrepreneur, publisher, and lecturer
“Give me liberty or give me death!”
- Patrick Henry, an attorney, orator, and one of the Founding Fathers of the United States
“Then join hand in hand, brave Americans all! By uniting we stand, by dividing we fall.”
- John Dickinson, Former Delegate to the Continental Congress
"America was not built on fear. America was built on courage, on imagination, and on unbeatable determination to do the job at hand."
- Harry S. Truman, 33rd President of the United States
“Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.”
- John F. Kennedy, 35th President of the United States
"'And one day people will celebrate this day by getting s***-faced and lighting Chinese explosives on fire.' - Thomas Jefferson 1776"
- Zach Braff, American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter
“In the truest sense, freedom cannot be bestowed; it must be achieved.”
- Franklin D. Roosevelt, 32nd President of the United States
"Patriotism consists not in waving the flag, but striving that our country shall be righteous as well as strong."
- James Bryce, Former British Ambassador to the United States
"I'm just like my country - I'm young, scrappy, and hungry, and I am not throwing away my shot."
- Alexander Hamilton (Lin-Manuel Miranda), from the Broadway show, Hamilton
"History began on July 4, 1776. Everything before that was a mistake."
- Ron Swanson (Nick Offerman), from the TV series Parks and Recreation
"The fact is, 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."
- Michelle Obama, First Lady of the United States (from 2009 to 2017)