Whether you can't wait to celebrate our great nation, or are feeling a bit apprehensive about going full red, white, and blue this year, we have some patriotic quotes to get you in the 4th of July mood.
Keep scrolling for 20 independence day quotes that you can send to friends, think about while you hang out by the BBQ and under the fireworks, or use as an Instagram caption.
20 patriotic quotes to celebrate the 4th of July
1. "The truth will set you free, but first it will piss you off.” —Gloria Steinem
2. "In America, change is possible. It’s in our hands. Together, I know we’ll get there. Look how far we’ve already come." —Barack Obama
3. "How important it is for us to recognize and celebrate our heroes and she-roes!"—Maya Angelou
4. “My father described this tall lady who stands in the middle of the New York harbour, holding high a torch to welcome people seeking freedom in America. I instantly fell in love.” —Yakov Smirnoff
5. “So let freedom ring from the prodigious hilltops of New Hampshire. Let freedom ring from the mighty mountains of New York. Let freedom ring from the heightening Alleghenies of Pennsylvania! Let freedom ring from the snow capped Rockies of Colorado! Let freedom ring from the curvaceous peaks of California! But not only that; let freedom ring from Stone Mountain of Georgia! Let freedom ring from Lookout Mountain of Tennessee! Let freedom ring from every hill and every molehill of Mississippi. From every mountainside, let freedom ring.” —Martin Luther King Jr.
6. “Liberty is the breath of life to nations.” –George Bernard Shaw
7. "When you get to know a lot of people, you make a great discovery… It takes all the people—Black and white, Catholic, Jewish and Protestant, recent immigrants and Mayflower descendants—to make up America." —Judy Garland
8. “We must be free not because we claim freedom, but because we practice it.” –William Faulkner
9. “Freedom lies in being bold.” –Robert Frost
10. “We hold our heads high, despite the price we have paid, because freedom is priceless.” –Lech Walesa
11. "Freedom is nothing but a chance to be better." —Albert Camus
12. “America is a tune. It must be sung together.” –Gerald Stanley Lee
13."America is known as a country that welcomes people to its shores. All kinds of people." –Ruth Bader Ginsburg
15. "Dreams are the foundation of America."—Lupita Nyong'o
16. "Only in America can someone start with nothing and achieve the American Dream. That's the greatness of this country." —Rafael Cruz
17. "I want to see young people in America feel the spirit of the 1960s and find a way to get in the way. To find a way to get in trouble. Good trouble, necessary trouble." –John Lewis
18. "I think there are few things more patriotic than taking the time to make your country a better place." –Michael Moore
19. "I'd like to be remembered as a person who wanted to be free and wanted other people to be also free." –Rosa Parks
20. "What was important wasn't the fireworks, it was that we were together this evening, together in this place, looking up into the sky at the same time." –Banana Yoshimoto