What does Independence Day mean to you?

In 1852 Frederick Douglass asked, “What, to the American slave, is your Fourth of July?” The meaning of the holiday differed then…and surely it differs from one American to another today, depending on perspective and experience. What does Independence Day mean to you?

Independence – it the difference between revolution and revolt. -Corwin, St. Paul, MN

Independence day doesn’t mean more to me, than fireworks, family, and bbq. -Mini, Sioux Falls, SD

Independence Day for me represents a spark of the human spirit! -John Leopold, Thief River Falls, MN

I want to feel pride when listening to the declaration of independence but i get held up on the fact that so many of the signers had slaves! -anonymous text message

Independence day, like every national holiday, means time and a half. -anonymous text message

It means that we have to stop bickering for a moment and be thankful for our amazing country and quality of life. -Steph, Minneapolis, MN