Skip to main content
(Photodisc/Getty Images)

The Meaning of Independence Day

Amy A. Kass & Leon Kass

Why do we have national public holidays? What does each—and what do all—contribute to our common life as Americans? The American Calendar series explores the purpose and meaning of our civic holidays, showing how their repeated celebration helps unite and identify us as a people and attaches us to our country.

Celebrating Independence Day
What is the legacy of the Declaration of Independence and its self-evident truths of equal and unalienable rights? Discover the ideas behind the American Founding and their significance for our present personal freedoms and national flourishing.

View PDF

Related Articles

Official English Fosters the Patriotic Assimilation of Immigrants

John Fonte

The United States is the most successful immigration country in the history of the world for one basic reason: the triumph of patriotic assimilation....

Continue Reading

Jews against Themselves

Gabriel Schoenfeld

As a new book shows, hatred of Jews can be infectious--and some of the worst carriers are Jews who defame their own people....

Continue Reading


Jaime Daremblum

Los debates entre los candidatos a la presidencia de EE. UU poseen una larga historia y arraigo....

Continue Reading