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

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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 39 sayings for the ’Gram that will remind you of why you’re celebrating in the first place. (Or at the very least make you feel very patriotic.)

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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 Fourth, 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 with anything provided it doesn't block traffic." — Dan Rather

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

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

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