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What Does Independence Day Mean to You?

We asked local Patchers in the Hudson Valley what the Fourth of July means to them. Tell us what the holiday means to you in the comments.

A day off work, BBQs, national Independence, freedom, family and fun—the Fourth of July, also known as Independence Day, means many things to many people.

Find out what the federal holiday means to local Patchers in the Hudson Valley. 

From patriotic songs, to historical documents, fireworks safety tips, and even recipes—USA.gov has an extensive guide for everything you need to know about the Fourth of July, which commemorates the adoption of the on July 4, 1776.

Check it out here: usa.gov/Topics/Independence-Day.shtml

Have a happy and safe Fourth of July!

Mike Hirsch July 04, 2012 at 02:40 PM
Amen to that brother. The land of the free and the home of the brave.
Josh Semendoff July 04, 2012 at 03:42 PM
For me, Independence Day means that we should never take for granted the society we live in, due to how much sacrifice was made by so many men and women, generations of people, who were willing to do all the hard work necessary for future generations prosperity.
Ed lang July 04, 2012 at 05:21 PM
Ed The fact that we still CAN celebrate Independence Day is paramount. But we must not take this freedom for granted, for there are forces out there working very hard to take this freedom from us. The forces are found in the newspapers,television,movies,books,schools and government. Forces that distort the truths; forces that want unprotected borders;forces that want a weak military; forces that want to take away our 2nd amendment rights; forces that want to do away with free enterprise and capitalism. And these forces are sitting in high places of government. So today, enjoy your time. Eat,drink,celebrate, but don't get complacent; Don't take your eye off the ball, because we could lose it all very quickly. Please note: Author of this comment gave three prime years of his life to the service of this country, which included a tour in Vietnam (1968).
Shar July 04, 2012 at 09:42 PM
Thank You ED for your service and protecting our Freedoms...Glad to see so many positive post in favour of our country on the 4th of July.

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