30 Inspirational Photos for the Fourth of July

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As a soldier in the United States Army, I find that the fourth of July carries an incredibly special meaning. The fourth of July is the celebration of our nation’s freedom and strength. We look back at the document signed 234 years ago and as we do we have to look over the battles that have been fought, the men who’ve stood for truth, the farmers who planted their fields, and the soldiers who went to war.

Often people talk about our founding fathers but I actually believe that each of us are founding fathers in a sense. We clearly understand that our nation was shaped by men like George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, and John Adams but we fail to realize that the job of shaping our nation today is on our shoulders. It’s up to us to pay taxes, vote for the political side that we believe in, teach our children and our families what it means to work hard and live honestly.

In these ways we are shaping our nation today. In these ways we are founding fathers to our future generations.

So today let’s celebrate what we have. Let’s take a look through some highly inspirational images that I believe demonstrate the spirit of America as we enjoy this great fourth of July weekend.

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As a side note, I’m actually in one of these pictures. Take a moment and see if you can figure out or guess which one I’m in. I’ll see you in the comments.

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  1. July 3, 2010

    Stefan Jacholke said:

    Quite some nice pics you got there.

    America is a great nation, even if I don’t live there.

    It’s nice to see a country with spirit.

    • July 3, 2010

      Nicholas Cardot said:

      It sure is. I love this country more than I can say and I sure do appreciate your support.

  2. July 3, 2010

    Joe Boyle said:

    Great list of images. I think you were in the one that was fourth from the bottom, where the five soldiers were firing in unison. Great post!

  3. July 3, 2010

    Sanford said:

    Great collection!

    Is that you at graves with our ancestors?

    Have a great Independence Day.

    • July 3, 2010

      Nicholas Cardot said:

      Actually, I’m in the sixth picture from the bottom. We were doing a reenactment at Mt. Vernon, VA for Washingtons birthday in 2009. Those are our colonial uniforms.

  4. July 3, 2010

    Lynn Mosher said:

    Nicholas, First, thank you so much for serving our country. Your service is deeply appreciated.

    Second, These are wonderful photos. May I ask if you purchased them all? I like to save photos I like but only if I am allowed to do so. Thank you. These are great!

    • July 3, 2010

      Nicholas Cardot said:

      All of these pictures, except for the one that my wife took that has me in it, are taken from the Flickr Creative Commons gallery and each of them link to the page they are taken from. They can be used elsewhere as long as the original artist is credited or linked to.

  5. July 3, 2010

    Francis A said:

    Amazing photos and great tribute!! I love that our Nation has such strong patriotism and that we have a day of gratitude for our freedom and Liberty!! Thanks for sharing your work!! 🙂

    • July 3, 2010

      Nicholas Cardot said:

      You’re welcome, Francis. This was one of the funnest articles that I’ve put together in a long time. I had a blast putting this together and sharing it with everyone. I absolutely love this type of stuff!

  6. July 3, 2010

    Tia Singh, Ms Awesome said:

    I cldn’t decide whether you were in the grave pic or the 6th from bottom, 3rd man in the front row. I see from your comments it’s the 3nd one. Beautiful pictures, you really found some gems there. NC, you ROCK man.

    • July 3, 2010

      Tia Singh, Ms Awesome said:

      I mean 2nd. Why do I type so fast! Always leave typos in my wake, lol

    • July 3, 2010

      Nicholas Cardot said:

      Thanks, Tia. You are the ultimate encourager. Every time I talk to you or hear from you I walk away a happier person. Thank you for that.

  7. July 3, 2010

    Onibalusi Bamidele said:

    Really Great Pics Nick,

    I so much love america and I know I will be there one day:)

    I just gave you a digg (and stumble) and I pray you make it to the digg homepage.

    Thanks a lot,

    • July 3, 2010

      Nicholas Cardot said:

      Thanks, friend. When you get here, you better look me up and you, me and my family will share a meal together. I’m looking forward to it!

      • July 3, 2010

        Onibalusi Bamidele said:

        Hi Nick,

        Thanks so much for your nice words, it is really encouraging and will make me double my efforts to be there.
        You really love America and that is the chracteristic of a good Citizen of any country.

        Thanks a lot,

        • July 3, 2010

          Nicholas Cardot said:

          I hope that you do double your efforts. It would be great to watch you as your work toward achieving that dream. America really is an amazing place, my friend.

  8. July 3, 2010

    Fadra said:

    It takes open eyes and an open heart to truly understand and appreciate the freedoms we have. Thanks for the beautiful pictorial and happy to share!

    • July 3, 2010

      Nicholas Cardot said:

      Thanks, Fadra. I completely agree with you. With live in such an amazing place and it’s a shame that we only take a few days a year to pause and contemplate the blessings that surround us here.

  9. July 3, 2010

    Kat said:

    1st time here, and I came here from a link on Twitter.

    These are all truly fantastic photos, I love them.
    My heart swelled with pride looking at them.
    There’s just something about seeing the stars and stripes, and knowing that brave men and women have always, and always will, fight for the freedoms that we Americans all hold so dear.

    I wish you and your loved ones a very happy 4th of July.
    Thank you for your service to all of us.

    • July 3, 2010

      Nicholas Cardot said:

      Well then, welcome to Site Sketch 101. I’m glad that you found me here and I’m glad that you enjoyed the first post that you found.

      And thank you very much for your support. We all appreciate that more than you could know.

  10. July 3, 2010

    Richard Scott said:

    Ha… I quessed the 6th from the bottom before I read the comments and saw that someone else already got it.

    P.S. It was pretty easy to figure out since only a few of them are hosted here on your site! 🙂

    • July 3, 2010

      Nicholas Cardot said:

      That combined with the fact that only a few actually had adult males in them that could be me. Great job at guessing! 🙂

  11. July 3, 2010

    Ed said:

    Thanks for all the amazing photos and for everything you do for our country…My grandfather and father both served in the Army and I could not be more proud to live in the USA…God Bless America!

    • July 4, 2010

      Nicholas Cardot said:

      God Bless America! My grandfather and my brother both served in the Army and like you I couldn’t be more proud to live in this amazing country. I truly feel like I am a privileged man to live where I live. I’m so incredibly grateful to be an American.

  12. July 3, 2010

    Melinda said:

    Wonderful pictures!Thank you for your service to our country. Wishing you all the best tomorrow while celebrating our great country.

    • July 4, 2010

      Nicholas Cardot said:

      Thank you so much and I wish you all the best as well. I hope that you have a tremendous weekend.

  13. July 4, 2010

    Charlie DePrimo said:

    Amazing photos and great tribute !Proud to be an american and live in the USA…God Bless America!

    • July 4, 2010

      Nicholas Cardot said:

      Thanks! I’m so grateful to be an American. I feel exactly the same way that you do.

  14. July 4, 2010

    Dennis Edell | Direct Sales Marketing said:

    Exceptional Nick. I’m sending this on by tweet and email to all military families i know. 🙂

    • July 4, 2010

      Nicholas Cardot said:

      Thanks, Dennis. I hope that you have a wonderful Fourth of July and I’m incredibly grateful that you would send this out to your friends. Thank you.

      • July 29, 2011

        Eric Graham said:

        I’ve got to say these photos are epic. How I wish I have seen this on the 4th of July and somehow shared this with my friends on twitter and facebook.


  15. July 4, 2010

    Patty Gale said:

    LOVE this! As an Army mom of 2 deployed soldiers, thank you for your service and thank you for posting this.

    Also, thank you to Dennis for sending me this link.

    • July 4, 2010

      Nicholas Cardot said:

      Awesome, Patty! I’m glad that you’ve enjoyed it and I wish you and your sons all the best.

  16. July 4, 2010

    Reza Winandar said:

    Although I’m not an American, I still appreciate this post. It means that you’re a true patriot for your country, Nick!

  17. July 5, 2010

    Eric said:

    These are all great photos and the puppy in the first photo is so cute!!!

    The 4th of July really is one of the best times of the year and I always love celebrating it with friends and family.

    I can’t even see you in the sixth pic… Maybe I’m not looking hard enough.

    Take care! 🙂

  18. April 9, 2011

    Integraphix Design Studio said:

    The eye with the American Flag in it is just gorgeous. Thank you for sharing these.

  19. July 5, 2011

    Angela Schafers said:

    Great post… I concur “let’s celebrate what we have”. Too many are depressed, hopeless & discouraged. There is much to celebrate and be grateful for and sometimes doing so inspires and encourages us to be better in all that we do. Your Story Matters. You Matter.

  20. July 5, 2011

    ah hong said:

    It’s been 10 years since my last visit to America. Great country with great people. Have a great Independence Day, Nick.

  21. July 6, 2011

    greg | ascentive said:

    Awesome Revolutionary War re-enactment pics!! My cousin did a similar thing.

    And a happy belated Fourth!

  22. July 6, 2011

    AstroGremlin said:

    Thanks for some inspiring images and thanks for your service. http://blogsnewsreviews.com/2011/translate-button-declaring-independance-from-the-tower-of-babel/ has my 4th of July Declaration of Independence.

  23. July 6, 2011

    Calli | Wedding Favors said:

    The photos are amazing! The puppy is my fave one. I hope everyone had a great weekend because I definitely had a great one. 🙂

  24. July 7, 2011

    Suzanne C said:

    Only one thing to say: God Bless America!

  25. July 8, 2011

    Eric Monse said:

    Excellent collection of pics. It’s unfortunate, but someone has to do this.

    Eric Monse

  26. July 9, 2011

    Sharla said:

    Hi Nick,

    these are all great pics but I particularly like the one of the gravestone marker,”Ira Hamilton Hayes” Whomever he/she is they fought for our country and my freedom and is one of many who will never be forgotten.

    • July 11, 2011

      Nicholas Cardot said:

      I chose that portrait, Sharla, because I read an amazing book about Ira Hayes. He’s one of the six men who raised the famous flag on Iwo Jima.

      Of the six men who raised that flag, only 3 walked off of that island alive. Of those 3 only one lived what we would define as a normal life. Ira was not that one.

      He had such a difficult time coping with things that he had seen on that island that when he came home he was drunk more often than sober until eventually he died inebriated in a pile of his own vomit.

      He is an American Hero who was tortured until the day he died as a result of the sacrifices he made for us.

      But remember, he is only 1 of millions who’ve stepped forward.

      P.S. I love July. It’s a very patriotic month.

  27. July 9, 2011

    Thomas said:

    That is some nice picture Nicholas. I think I like number 6 the best. The one with the flag inside the eye. That is a very cool picture.

  28. July 11, 2011

    Kavya Hari said:

    This is one of the nice collection of images on here.Superb images on here 🙂

  29. July 15, 2011

    Paul O said:

    Absolutely stunning images. I’m an amateur photographer and I always try to learn from these types of pictures. It seems the simpler the image, the better. 🙂

  30. July 23, 2011

    Axel said:

    I LOVE the pic with the flag in the eye. If it were a female it would have been my new screensaver 😉

  31. July 24, 2011

    Lisa said:

    I like the photos presented above. My favorite is the cute well dressed dog.

  32. July 31, 2011

    sanjay said:

    Nice images! I really like the eyes with flag, Happy for your country!

  33. August 1, 2011

    KBharath said:

    Wow Great America, Great Americans and Great Collection of Photos.

  34. November 3, 2011

    Alex said:

    Good photoshop effect in the eyes.
    Excellent photos.

  35. November 12, 2011

    Melanie said:

    I thought it was a contact lense! Great effect on the eyes! I love it. Very clean and realistic.

  36. June 6, 2012

    james said:

    Thank you for sharing, truly amazing and inspiring. God bless America.

  37. July 4, 2013

    Dr. Max said:

    Thank you for your service to our country and thank you for sharing these superb photos reminding us of our country’s heritage and those who helped keep us free.