65 Fourth of July Quotes That Will Make You Laugh, Cry and Get Very Excited for This Year’s BBQ

No offense to all the other holidays or anything but Fourth of July is kind of our favorite. Why? Barbecues, festive cocktails, fireworks and of course, red white and blue everything. (Including these delicious desserts, appetizers and side dishes.)

This Independence Day, whether you’re cooking up a feast for friends or keeping things low-key with your family—whip out one of these Fourth of July quotes. From Dolly Parton to the iconic Legally Blonde 2, here are 65 sayings for the ’Gram that will remind you of why you’re celebrating in the first place.

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1. “Thanksgiving without turkey is like Fourth of July with no apple pie, or Friday with no two pizzas.” — Joey from Friends

2. “It’s Fourth of July weekend, or, as I call it, exploding Christmas.” — Stephen Colbert

3. “If I have to lay an egg for my country, I’ll do it.” — Bob Hope

4. “America is not just a country, it’s an idea.” — Bono

5. “He makes me melt like a popsicle on the Fourth of July.” — Darla from The Little Rascals

6. “Laughter is America’s most important export.” — Walt Disney

7. “Freedom is never granted, it is earned by each generation.” — Hillary Clinton

8. “I’m just like my country—I’m young, scrappy and hungry, and I am not throwing away my shot.” — Alexander Hamilton from Hamilton

9. “Freedom lies in being bold.” — Robert Frost

10. “America was built on courage, on imagination and an unbeatable determination.” — Harry S. Truman

11. “True patriotism springs from a belief in the dignity of the individual, freedom and equality not only for Americans but for all people on earth.” — Eleanor Roosevelt

12. “Freedom is nothing but a chance to be better.” — Albert Camus

13. “Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.” — John F. Kennedy

14. “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

15. “In the face of impossible odds, people who love this country can change it.” — Barack Obama

16. “History began on July 4th, 1776. Everything before that was a mistake.” — Ron Swanson

17. “Baby, you’re a firework.” — Katy Perry

18. “Oh my God! You look like the Fourth of July. Makes me want a hot dog real bad.” — Paulette from Legally Blonde 2: Red, White and Blonde

19. “The fact is, with every friendship you make and every bond you establish, you are shaping the image of America projected to the rest of the world.” — Michelle Obama

20. “I am red and white and blue, these are the colors that ring true, to all I am and, feel and love and do, I stand proud and brave and tall, I want justice for us all, so color me America, red, white and blue” — “Color Me America” by Dolly Parton

21. “I think there are few things more patriotic than taking the time to make your country a better place.” — Michael Moore

22. “Only in America, dreamin’ in red, white and blue, only in America, where we dream as big as we want to.” — “Only in America” by Brooks & Dunn

23. “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.” — Asleep by Banana Yoshimoto

24. “Living in America, eye to eye, station to station. Living in America, hand in hand, across the nation. Living in America, got to have a celebration, rock my soul!” — “Living in America” by James Brown

25. “America is known as a country that welcomes people to its shores. All kinds of people.” — Ruth Bader Ginsberg

26. “Lift every voice and sing, till earth and heaven ring, ring with the harmonies of liberty, let our rejoicing rise, high as the listening skies, let it resound loud as the rolling sea.” — “Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing” by James Weldon Johnson

27. “You get to cook outside, blow stuff up, wear shorts. Easter should be taking notes!” — Jay Pritchett from Modern Family

28. “This land is your land, this land is my land, from California, to the New York Island, from the redwood forest, to the gulf stream waters, this land was made for you and me.” — “This Land Is Your Land” by Woody Guthrie

29. “America means opportunity, freedom, power.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson

30. “The life of the nation is secure only while the nation is honest, truthful and virtuous.” — Frederick Douglass

31. “From every mountainside, let freedom ring.” — Martin Luther King Jr.

32. “Dreams are the foundation of America.” — Lupita Nyong’o

33. “If summer had one defining scent, it’d definitely be the smell of barbecue.” — Katie Lee

34. “People get a little bolder and more wild in summer. You’ve got things going on kabobs, things cooking on the bone. There’s something about standing over a grill or outside with the family that inspires us.” — Guy Fieri

35. “No matter what people say or do, we have to be ourselves. We’re Team USA, gathered from all across America. We’re going to stick together.” — D2: The Mighty Ducks

36. “Americans will put up with anything provided it doesn’t block traffic.” — Dan Rather

37. “A love for tradition has never weakened a nation, indeed, it has strengthened nations in their hour of peril.” — Winston Churchill

38. “Our United States of America is not about us versus them. It’s about We the People.” — Kamala Harris

39. “I believe in America because we have great dreams, and because we have the opportunity to make those dreams come true.” — Wendell Willkie

40. “Liberty, when it begins to take root, is a plant of rapid growth.” — George Washington

41. “In the unlikely story that is America, there has never been anything false about hope.” — Barack Obama

42. “America is another name for opportunity.”— Ralph Waldo Emerson

43. “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

44. “Then join hand in hand, brave Americans all! By uniting we stand, by dividing we fall.” — John Dickinson

45. “May the sun in his course visit no land more free, more happy, more lovely, than this our own country!” — Daniel Webster

46. “Intellectually I know that America is no better than any other country; emotionally I know she is better than every other country.” — Sinclair Lewis

47. “It will be celebrated with pomp and parade, bonfires and illuminations from one end of this continent to the other.” – John Adams

48. “I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!”— Patrick Henry

49. “In the truest sense, freedom cannot be bestowed; it must be achieved.” — Franklin D. Roosevelt

50. “America is a tune. It must be sung together.” — Gerald Stanley Lee

51. “We must be free not because we claim freedom, but because we practice it.” — William Faulkner

52. “Humanity has won its battle. Liberty now has a country.” — Marquis de Lafayette

53. “If our Founding Fathers wanted us to care about the rest of the world, they wouldn’t have declared their independence from it.” — Stephen Colbert

54. “Liberty means responsibility. That is why most men dread it.” — George Bernard Shaw

55. “Patriotism is easy to understand in America. It means looking out for yourself by looking out for your country.” — Calvin Coolidge

56. “You wonder sometimes how our government puts on its pants in the morning.” — Jon Stewart

57. “My father described this tall lady who stands in the middle of the New York harbor, holding high a torch to welcome people seeking freedom in America. I instantly fell in love.” — Yakov Smirnoff

58. “Freedom makes a huge requirement of every human being. With freedom comes responsibility.” —  Eleanor Roosevelt

59. “Better to die fighting for freedom than be a prisoner all the days of your life.” ― Bob Marley

60. “Unless our conception of patriotism is progressive, it cannot hope to embody the real affection and the real interest of the nation.” — Jane Addams

61. “Where freedom is, there is my nation.” — Benjamin Franklin

62. “The cement of this union is the heart-blood of every American.” — Thomas Jefferson

63. “I venture to suggest that patriotism is not a short and frenzied outburst of emotion, but the tranquil and steady dedication of a lifetime.” — Adlai E. Stevenson

64. “America’s a family. We all yell at each other, and it all works out.” — Louis C.K.

65. “You can come from humble circumstances and do great things.” — Condoleezza Rice

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