Say the words “Independence Day” and images of fireworks, parades and picnics automatically spring to mind.
With the 4th of July approaching, below are a few images that draw on different notions of patriotism and liberty. What person, place or thing most represents our nation’s founding ideals in your mind? Please share your comments below.
America, the Beautiful
Enjoying our country’s natural beauty in its 59 national parks.
YOSEMITE – View of the Merced river in Yosemite valley with a pair of kayakers in Yosemite National Park, which was established in 1890. (iStock Editorial)
Land of Liberty
In 2007, 1.38 million people applied for U.S. citizenship.
NEW YORK – Immigrants celebrate after taking the oath of American citizenship at a naturalization ceremony in New York City. (Getty Images News)
Liberty and Justice for All
Congress formally adopted the Pledge of Allegiance in 1942.
FAIRFAX, VA. – Cynthia Newton (L), 5, and her brother James Newton, 11, say the Pledge of Allegiance. (Getty Images News)
Bristol, R.I. holds the title for having the oldest continuous Independence Day celebration in the U.S. — held annually since 1785.
MIDDLETON, IDAHO – Pat Oatman from the Middleton Idaho Post 39 Honor Guard marching in the 4th of July parade. (iStock Editorial)
As American As Baseball and Apple Pie
Baseball has been a part of the U.S. since at least 1792, when a Massachusetts town regulated how closely it could be played to its meeting hall.
Today, there are more than 6,500 Little League programs in nearly 90 countries. (Fuse)
Being involved in community life.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Shriners perform precision maneuvers with these tiny cars at the St. Patrick’s Day parade on Constitution Avenue in Washington D.C. (iStock Editorial)
Get Out the Vote
Being part of the process of democracy.
OAKLAND, CALIF. – California attorney general and democratic gubernatorial candidate Jerry Brown (R) fills out his ballot in 2010’s election. (Getty Images News)
What Price, Freedom?
Valuing freedom means remembering its price.
MIAMI – Master Sergeant, Francisco Navarro, from the Homestead Air Reserve folds an American flag in front of the four flag draped caskets holding the remains of four homeless United States military veterans. (Getty Images News)
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