Top 10 USA Independence Day Quotes and best Sayings for 4h of July
The Fourth of July orator does not drink water between his rests and pauses. He disdains any fluid short of champagne and brandy, which seem to invest, not only himself, but his subject, with additional spirit. Your temperance cold-water orators are apathetic patriots at a dinner-table, being too definite and punctilious to stir up the mass. Sentiments red-hot from the furnace of the heart, and words as strong as Sampson’s locks are in demand. Milk and amiability are good things in their way, but to‑day aque vitæ and enthusiasm suit the popular system. All the time this mental fire is going on inside, the fireworks and guns are blazing away incessantly without; squibs sometimes fall at the orator’s feet, and if, like Charles the Twelfth, he does not move at the burst, he is unanimously voted as a fearless champion of the Rights of Liberty. Viva! ~Henry Howard Paul, “Fourth of July in the United States,” 1851
Make room, all ye kingdoms, in history renown’d,
Whose arms have in battle with victory been crown’d,
Make room for America, another great nation;
She rises to claim in your councils a station…
With glory immortal she here sits enthroned,
Nor fears the vain vengeance of Britain disown’d…
~Francis Hopkinson (1737–1791), “American Independence”
July is an intensely warm month in the States, and by some weather-freak, the fourth, of all days, is the very fiercest. ~Henry Howard Paul, “Fourth of July in the United States,” 1851
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. ~Erma Bombeck
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
It is very inspiring, my friends, to come to this that may be called the original fountain of independence and liberty in America and here drink draughts of patriotic feeling which seem to renew the very blood in one’s veins. ~Woodrow Wilson, Presidential Address at Independence Hall, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1914 July 4th
Liberty is the breath of life to nations. ~George Bernard Shaw
The Declaration of Independence! The interest which in that paper has survived the occasion upon which it was issued; the interest which is of every age and every clime; the interest which quickens with the lapse of years, spreads as it grows old, and brightens as it recedes, is in the principles which it proclaims. ~John Quincy Adams (1767–1848), “The Declaration of Independence”
In childhood the daylight always fails too soon—except when there are going to be fireworks; and then the sun dawdles intolerably on the threshold like a tedious guest. ~Jan Struther, Mrs. Miniver, 1930s
From every mountain side
Let Freedom ring.
~Samuel F. Smith, “America”
A statistician made a few calculations and discovered that since the birth of our nation more lives had been lost in celebrating independence than in winning it. ~Curtis Billings
The Fourth of July, when we get to play our favorite American guessing game — fireworks or gunshots? ~Author unknown
[I]t behooves us as true Americans to enter the splendid new movement which is endeavoring to make the Fourth over from a day of shallow jingoism and unmeaning brutality and carnage into a day of initiation into the meaning of true citizenship and a festival of deep and genuine and beautiful patriotism. ~Robert Haven Schauffler, 1912
How dark the sky looked! how shining and bewildering the stars! We would look from the artificial lights flashing forth among the trees in our street to those lamps of heaven swung above us, and perhaps we wondered where all those who had given us our freedom were now. ~Lucy C. Lillie, “Memories of the Fourth,” Harper’s Young People, 1885 June 30th
Day of glory! welcome day!
Freedom’s banners greet thy ray;
See! how cheerfully they play
With thy morning breeze,
On the rocks where pilgrims kneel’d,
On the heights where squadrons wheel’d,
When a tyrant’s thunder peal’d,
O’er the trembling seas…
O let freemen be our sons;
And let future Washingtons
Rise, to lead their valiant ones,
Till there’s war no more.
~John Pierpont (1785–1866), “Independence”
We must be free not because we claim freedom, but because we practice it. ~William Faulkner
Suddenly it occurred to me to ask, “Do you remember the first Fourth of July?” For, you see, being wholly American at heart, how could I imagine there had been any Fourth until the famous one of 1776? ~Lucy C. Lillie, “Memories of the Fourth,” Harper’s Young People, 1885 June 30th
For what avail the plough or sail, or land or life, if freedom fail? ~Ralph Waldo Emerson
Is American Independence over when the last Fourth of July rocket dies in the darkness? Independence ascends stage by stage, from its infancy in political freedom, on toward a vigorous youth of material and economic emancipation, while the Delectable Mountains of the future beckon us to a national maturity… ~W.J. Cameron, 1937
Whiz go the rockets, cleavingly into the air with many a snap, crack, and whir! Some shower silver stars, others red—as if a cherubim had thrown away a handful of rubies—perhaps green, orange, and blue. How magnificent the spectacle! High and loftily it mounts, like the impatient bolt of a war-horse; gradually the sound diminishes; we hear a gentle report, like a pistol discharged high in the air, and then the scattered lights dance on the bottom of the darkness, with fairy-like brilliancy. Now they flicker and run in grotesque circles; all expire save one, which seems coquetting with the air currents—ah! its turn has come; like a bright hope quickly crushed, it has fled, and all again is dark and solemn above. ~Henry Howard Paul, “Fourth of July in the United States,” 1851
That which distinguishes this day from all others is that then both orators and artillerymen shoot blank cartridges. ~John Burroughs
Hail! Independence, hail! Heaven’s next best gift,
To that of life and an immortal soul!
~James Thomson, Liberty, A Poem, 1734
To the sages who spoke—to the heroes who bled—
To the day, and the deed—strike the harpstrings of glory!
Let the song of the ransom’d remember the dead,
And the tongue of the eloquent hallow the story.
O’er the bones of the bold,
Be the story long told,
And on Fame’s golden tablets their triumphs enroll’d,
Who on freedom’s green hills freedom’s banner unfurl’d,
And the beacon-fire rais’d that gave light to the world.
~Charles Sprague (1791–1875), Ode for the Fourth of July, 1827, sung at the celebration in the Exchange Coffee-House in Boston
The United States is the only country with a known birthday. All the rest began, they know not when, and grew into power, they know not how…. There is no “Republican,” no “Democrat,” on the Fourth of July, — all are Americans. ~James Gillespie Blaine
It is the love of country that has lighted and that keeps glowing the holy fire of patriotism. ~J. Horace McFarland
Wake her with the voice of cannon—give her colors to the morn!
Make the day right glorious that saw the nation born;
Born to a life supernal, like the bird of storied fame—
From the ashes of dead empires springs her altar’s sacred flame.
~Elizabeth M. Griswold, “The Nation’s Birthday,” in Spring and Summer School Celebration, edited by Alice M. Kellogg, 1895
What was that cluster of stars that fell with a sudden hiss into the blue waters of the bay. A sky-rocket? True—it is time for the fireworks to commence; and now we shall have the really brilliant phase of the festivities of this day of jubilee. Bang! bang! bang!… Turn an ear to the city, and the noise is terrific. Glance along the vista; how the little shooting-crackers sparkle and coruscate, as if the stars had condescended to come upon earth, and have a regular jolly row, just for the fun of the thing. ~Henry Howard Paul, “Fourth of July in the United States,” 1851
All we have of freedom, all we use or know —
This our fathers bought for us long and long ago.
~Rudyard Kipling, The Old Issue, 1899
It is a queer custom, this setting-off of fireworks, but it is observed in many countries; among others, in England on the Fifth of November, in China on New Year’s Day, and in South America on all suitable and unsuitable occasions. ~William H. Rideing, “Fire-Crackers and the Fourth of July,” 1874