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The United States celebrates its Independence Day on 4th July every year AFP

The fourth of July marks Independence Day for Americans, and has been a federal holiday in the United States since 1941. Celebrated in a grand fashion with fireworks, processions, festivities, family get-togethers and barbecues, the day holds historical significance as it honours the history of the country.

Come 4 July 2016, people in the United States will celebrate the 240th anniversary of US Independence from British rule. To mark the occasion, IBTimes UK lists top quotes and messages to share with friends and family.

Top quotes by famous personalities:

"Freedom's natal day is here. Fire the guns and shout for freedom, See the flag above unfurled! Hail the stars and stripes forever, Dearest flag in all the world." – Florence A Jones

"Where liberty dwells, there is my country." – Benjamin Franklin

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

"As mankind becomes more liberal, they will be more apt to allow that all those who conduct themselves as worthy members of the community, are equally entitled to the protection of civil government. I hope ever to see America amongst the foremost nations in examples of justice and liberality." — George Washington

"Liberty is the breath of life to nations." – George Bernard Shaw

Popular 4<sup>th July special messages:

"Don't take your freedom and independence for granted, someone had to work hard and make many sacrifices for it."

"Enjoy the blessings of freedom and independence, but also do your part and work hard to appreciate it."

"We are very lucky to be born in America which is famous for its rich culture and traditions. While celebrating Independence Day we promise to preserve the reputation so that the freedom fighters can feel proud of us."

"A spirit of equality and faith, and a belief of courage and faith. I wish you a Happy 4th of July. Take pride, America."

"Red is for victory white is for purity blue is for loyalty USA where courage n' fortitude is the norm!"