Share on Facebook

A Trusted Friend in a Complicated World

68 Patriotic 4th of July Quotes to Celebrate Independence Day

Get ready for America's birthday with these 4th of July quotes that will have you feeling red, white, and blue.

Patriotic 4th Of July, Getty Images

Can you hear a sound in the distance? Could it be 4th of July quotes, or does it sound like…freedom? That’s the sound Americans hear ringing from every mountainside around the Fourth of July! These 4th of July quotes will definitely get you in the mood for independence. When it comes to celebrating America’s birthday, there’s nothing like eating some delicious appetizers, playing some games, and laughing over some 4th of July jokes and memes. We love to immortalize the moment on social media with a perfectly patriotic picture (maybe with an American flag) and some 4th of July captions too. However you celebrate Independence Day, it’s important to get in the red, white, and blue spirit, and these 4th of July quotes will help you appreciate your country and your cookout all the more. You can also get in the spirit with these patriotic quotes and Memorial Day quotes

Funny 4th Of July, Getty Images

Funny 4th of July quotes

1. “When you’re born, you get a ticket to the freak show. When you’re born in America, you get a front row seat.” —George Carlin, comedian and author 

2. “The truth will set you free, but first it will piss you off.” —Gloria Steinem, journalist

3. “Liberty means responsibility. That is why most men dread it.” —George Bernard Shaw, Irish playwright

4. “It’s Fourth of July weekend, or, as I call it, Exploding Christmas.” —Stephen Colbert, comedian and TV host

5. “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, Ukrainian American comedian

6. “Laughter is America’s most important export.” —Walt Disney, American animator, film producer, and entrepreneur

7. “You wonder sometimes how our government puts on its pants in the morning.” —Jon Stewart, American comedian and television show host

8. “If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.” —George Orwell, English novelist

9.“A real patriot is the fellow who gets a parking ticket and rejoices that the system works.” —Bill Vaughan, American columnist

We have some more of the funniest quotes up our sleeves to make you chuckle.

Happy 4th Of July, Getty Images

Happy 4th of July quotes

10. “The United States is the only country with a known birthday.” —James G. Blaine, politician

11. “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, Japanese writer

12. “It will be celebrated with pomp and parade, bonfires and illuminations, from one end of this continent to the other.” —John Adams, 2nd president of the United States

13. “You have to love a nation that celebrates its independence every July 4th, 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, American humorist and novelist

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

15. “I believe in America because we have great dreams, and because we have the opportunity to make those dreams come true.” —Wendell L. Wilkie, lawyer

16. “America is a tune. It must be sung together.” —Gerald Stanley Lee, American writer and minister

17. “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.” —James Lafferty, American actor

If you’re planning to set off fireworks this year, check out our 4th of July firework guide.

Inspiring 4th Of July, Getty Images

Inspiring 4th of July quotes

18. “Ours is the only country deliberately founded on a good idea.” —John Gunther, writer 

19. “America is known as a country that welcomes people to its shores. All kinds of people.” —Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Supreme Court Justice

20. “This country will not be a good place for any of us to live in unless we make it a good place for all of us to live in.” —Theodore Roosevelt, 26th president of the United States 

21. “Freedom is not worth having if it does not include the freedom to make mistakes.” —Mahatma Gandhi, social activist

22. “Dreams are the foundation of America.” —Lupita Nyong’o, Kenyan-Mexican actress

23. “We on this continent should never forget that men first crossed the Atlantic not to find soil for their plows but to secure liberty for their souls.” —Robert J. McCracken, writer

24. “Freedom is the open window through which pours the sunlight of the human spirit and human dignity.” —Herbert Hoover, 31st president of the United States

25. “Diversity: the art of thinking independently, together.” —Malcolm Forbes, American publisher

26. “Freedom lies in being bold.” —Robert Frost, American poet

27. “America is another name for opportunity.” —Ralph Waldo Emerson, American writer and Transcendentalist

28. “The only real prison is fear, and the only real freedom is freedom from fear.” —Aung San Suu Kyi, former Democratic leader of Myanmar

29. “The most fatal thing a man can do is try to stand alone.” —Carson McCullers, American writer

30. “Vigor of government is essential to the security of liberty.” —Alexander Hamilton, Founding Father

31. “All great change in America begins at the dinner table.” —Ronald Reagan, 40th president of the United States

32. “Freedom means the opportunity to be what we never thought we would be.” —Daniel J. Boorstin, American historian

33. “For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.” —Nelson Mandela, anti-apartheid revolutionary

34. “Everything that is really great and inspiring is created by the individual who can labor in freedom.” —Albert Einstein, physicist

35. “One characteristic of Americans is that they have no tolerance at all of anybody putting up with anything. We believe that whatever is going wrong ought to be fixed.” —Margaret Mead, anthropologist

36. “My definition of a free society is a society where it is safe to be unpopular.” —Adlai Stevenson II, former governor of Illinois

37. “In the unlikely story that is America, there has never been anything false about hope.” —Barack Obama, 44th president of the United States

38. “We will never have true civilization until we have learned to recognize the rights of others.” —Will Rogers, Native American actor and writer

39. “The advancement and diffusion of knowledge is the only guardian of true liberty.” —James Madison, 4th president of the United States

40. “Because equal rights, fair play, justice, are all like the air: We all have it, or none of us has it. That is the truth of it.” —Maya Angelou, American writer and civil rights activist

41. “True independence and freedom can only exist in doing what’s right.” —Brigham Young, American religious leader

42. “Diversity of thought and culture and religion and ideas has become the strength of America.” —Gary Locke, politician and diplomat

43. “Where you see wrong or inequality or injustice, speak out, because this is your country. This is your democracy. Make it. Protect it. Pass it on.” —Thurgood Marshall, Supreme Court Justice and civil rights activist

44. “With freedom comes responsibility.” —Eleanor Roosevelt, former First Lady and human rights activist

45. “What is the essence of America? Finding and maintaining that perfect, delicate balance between freedom ‘to’ and freedom ‘from.’” —Marilyn vos Savant, writer

46. “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, American actress and singer

47. “I think of a hero as someone who understands the degree of responsibility that comes with his freedom.” —Bob Dylan, musician

48. “In the face of impossible odds, people who love this country can change it.” —Barack Obama, 44th president of the United States

49. “I know but one freedom, and that is the freedom of the mind.” —Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, French writer

50. “The function of freedom is to free someone else.” —Toni Morrison, American writer

For this year’s barbecue, make sure you add some of these patriotic songs to your playlist.

Patriotic 4th Of July, Getty Images

Patriotic 4th of July quotes

51. “Patriotism comes from the heart. Patriotism is voluntary…A patriot shows their patriotism through their actions, by their choice.” —Jesse Ventura, former governor of Minnesota

52. “The flag represents all the values and liberties Americans have and enjoy every day.” —Bill Shuster, former U.S. representative for Pennsylvania

53. “We identify the flag with almost everything we hold dear on Earth: peace, security, liberty, our family, our friends, our home…But when we look at our flag and behold it, emblazoned with all our rights, we must remember that it is equally a symbol of our duties. Every glory that we associate with it is the result of duty done.” —Calvin Coolidge, 30th president of the United States

54. “The red and white and starry blue is freedom’s shield and hope.” —John Philip Sousa, American composer

55. “What does the flag mean? It is the flag just as much of the man who was naturalized yesterday as of the man whose people have been here generations.” —Henry Cabot Lodge, politician

56. “I’d like to be remembered as a person who wanted to be free and wanted other people to be also free.” —Rosa Parks, civil rights pioneer

57. “True patriotism hates injustice in its own land more than anywhere else.” —Clarence Darrow, American lawyer

58. “My favorite thing about the United States? Lots of Americans, one America.” —Val Saintsbury, nurse

59. “The flag is the embodiment, not of sentiment, but of history.” —Woodrow Wilson, 28th president of the United States

60. “What we need are critical lovers of America—patriots who express their faith in their country by working to improve it.” —Hubert Humphrey, former vice-president of the United States

61. “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, former First Lady and human rights activist

62. “Here is your country. Cherish these natural wonders, cherish the natural resources, cherish the history and romance as a sacred heritage, for your children and your children’s children. Do not let selfish men or greedy interests skin your country of its beauty, its riches, or its romance.” —Theodore Roosevelt, 26th president of the United States

63. “The rights of every man are diminished when the rights of one man are threatened.” —John F. Kennedy, 35th president of the United States

64. “Remember, remember always, that all of us, and you and I especially, are descended from immigrants and revolutionists.” —Franklin D. Roosevelt, 32nd president of the United States

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

66. “Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.” —John F. Kennedy, 35th president of the United States

67. “This nation will remain the land of the free only so long as it is the home of the brave.” —Elmer Davis, American news reporter

68. “Liberty is the breath of life to nations.”—George Bernard Shaw, Irish playwright

Now that you have been inspired by these 4th of July quotes, see if you can nail this 4th of July trivia.