July 4th Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old july 4th quotes, july 4th sayings, and july 4th proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

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
No other date on the calendar more potently symbolizes all that our nation stands for than the Fourth of July. Mac Thornberry
I believe the essence of the Independence Day is missing. We celebrate it like any other holiday, which is wrong. We must celebrate our independence everyday, not just on one day of the year. Arin Paul
To celebrate the Fourth of July meant something definite in those days. Carol Ryrie Brink
That which distinguishes this day from all others is that then both orators and artillerymen shoot blank cartridges. John Burroughs
Let freedom never perish in your hands. Joseph Addison
The United States is the only country with a known birthday. James G. Blaine
One flag, one land, one heart, one hand, One Nation evermore! Oliver Wendell Holmes
Freedom is never given; it is won. A. Philip Randolph
That which distinguishes this day from all others is that then both orators and artillerymen shoot blank cartridges. John Burroughs
Where liberty dwells, there is my country. Benjamin Franklin
Everything that is really great and inspiring is created by the individual who can labor in freedom. Albert Einstein
Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom must, like men, undergo the fatigue of supporting it. Thomas Paine
This nation will remain the land of the free only so long as it is the home of the brave. Elmer Davis
We must be free not because we claim freedom, but because we practice it. William Faulkner
Liberty is the great parent of science and of virtue; and a nation will be great in both always in proportion as it is free. Thomas Jefferson
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
In the truest sense, freedom cannot be bestowed; it must be achieved. Franklin D. Roosevelt
May the sun in his course visit no land more free, more happy, more lovely, than this our own country! Daniel Webster
Those who won our independence believed liberty to be the secret of happiness and courage to be the secret of liberty. Louis D. Brandeis
This, then, is the state of the union: free and restless, growing and full of hope. So it was in the beginning. So it shall always be, while God is willing, and we are strong enough to keep the faith. Lyndon B. Johnson
Freedom is nothing but a chance to be better. Albert Camus
Liberty is the breath of life to nations. George Bernard Shaw
I love my freedom. I love my America. Jessi Lane Adams
What is the essence of America? Finding and maintaining that perfect, delicate balance between freedom 'to' and freedom 'from.' Marilyn vos Savant
There is nothing wrong with America that cannot be cured by what is right with America. William J. Clinton
We are free, truly free, when we don't need to rent our arms to anybody in order to be able to lift a piece of bread to our mouths. Ricardo Flores Magon
Liberty is always dangerous, but it is the safest thing we have. Harry Emerson Fosdick
Freedom's natal day is here. Fire the guns and shout for freedom, See the flag above unfurled! Hail the stars and stripes forever, Dearest flag in all the world. Florence A. Jones
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
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with inherent and inalienable rights; that among these, are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Thomas Jefferson
I'm a Yankee Doodle Dandy, / A Yankee Doodle, do or die; / A real live nephew of my Uncle Sam’s, / Born on the fourth of July. George Cohan
Is it the Fourth? Thomas Jefferson
Independence now; and INDEPENDENCE forever. Daniel Webster
Independence now; and INDEPENDENCE forever. Daniel Webster
Hearing a Fourth-of-July orator deliver the Declaration of Independence, a countryman exclaimed: 'He read it very well, but you can't make me believe he ever wrote it!' George Eliot
After all, the strongest sentiment on this continent is nationality — love of country, glory in the Revolution and Declaration of Independence, reverence for Washington and the founders of our Constitution. Cut an American into a hundred pieces and boil him down, and you will find him all Fourth of July. Wendell Phillips
And even should the cloud of barbarism and despotism again obscure the science and liberties of Europe, this country remains to preserve and restore light and liberty to them. In short, 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
What, to the American slave, is your Fourth of July? I answer: A day that reveals to him, more than all other days in the year, the gross injustice and cruelty to which he is the constant victim. To him your celebration is a sham. Frederick Douglass
This is the time-honored, wine-honored, toast-drinking, powder-wasting, tyrant-killing fourth of July-consecrated, for the last sixty years, to bombast, to falsehood, to impudence, to hypocrisy. It is the great carnival of republican despotism, and of christian impiety, famous the world over. William Lloyd Garrison
I deem it very appropriate that we celebrate the Fourth of July in the Crystal Palace. For around us are the best achievements of civilization ; around us are the true vehicles of American power—around us are the prophecies of the coming time. E.H. Chapin
I trust, sir, that the Fourth of July will ever continue to be celebrated as it has been to-day, understandingly as well as enthusiastically; because it furnishes at once the most instructive and glorious illustration of the union of the two great principles of STABILITY and PROGRESS, on which our independence was originally founded; — on which our prosperity, at the present day, rests as upon its corner stone; and by whose cordial alliance, and jointworking alone, the great designs of Providence in reference to our beloved country can be fulfilled. E.H. Chapin
This, then, is what I call consulting the genius of the Fourth of July; to get ourselves, as the spiritualists say, ""into communication” with the creators of the Fourth of July, to feel the same as to the republic, and then our own minds and impulses will announce to us the line of action which the fathers would have followed in whatever shall turn out to be the present emergency; and thus in all our conjunctures the sentiment of the Revolution should be brought to bear upon the crisis of the republic. E.H. Chapin
Fourth of July, how sweet it sounds, / As every year it rolls around. / It brings active joy to boy and man, / This glorious day throughout our land. Julia A. Moore
History began on July 4, 1776. Everything before that was a mistake. Ron Swanson
It's the Fourth of July, let's show 'em some fireworks. Dylan Hiller
We kicked the Brit's ass in 1776; we still celebrate the 4th of July Jerry Charters
Americans today are just as rugged and just as tough as any of the heroes we celebrate on the Fourth of July. Franklin D. Roosevelt
Okay guys, one more thing, this summer when you're being inundated with all this American bicentennial Fourth Of July brouhaha, don't forget what you're celebrating, and that's the fact that a bunch of slave-owning, aristocratic, white males didn't want to pay their taxes. Ms. Ginny Stroud
Bells ring-a-lingin', firecrackers poppin' / Lightin' up the sky / Hail to the flag, It's the 4th of July Bryan Jay Hongola; Dwain Edward Miller; Kenny Joseph Chaisson; Ron Keel
It's a day to stand / Hat in hand / Watchin' parades / Singin' along with each song the band plays Bryan Jay Hongola; Dwain Edward Miller; Kenny Joseph Chaisson; Ron Keel
It is at the season when nature hath assumed her loveliest apparel that the American people assemble in their several temples to celebrate the birthday of their nation. Arrayed in all the beauties of the year, the Fourth of July once more visits us. Green fields and a ripening harvest proclaim it, a bright sun cheers it, and the hearts of freemen bid it welcome. Daniel Webster
The Fourth of July is not an occasion to compass sea and land to make proselytes. The good sense and the good nature which yet remain among us will, we trust, prevail on this day, and be sufficient to chain, at least for a season, that untamed monster, Party Spirit — and would to God that it might be chained forever, that, as we have but one interest, we might have but one heart and one mind. Daniel Webster