"The 4th of July is flying flags in colors of red, white, and blue. It is getting together for picnics, barbecues, fireworks and fun with all of your friends and family. It means parades and marching bands. July 4th is the birthday of our country.
It is also a time to remember the meaning of the Declaration of Independence. We want what is best for all our citizens. We are free to say what we want, travel where we want to travel, be with the people we want to be with. We can marry who we want. We have stores that sell us food and enough food in the stores for us to eat. We can own homes and cars. We have hospitals with doctors and nurses. We have TV, the Internet, and cell phones. We have a lot of things, more than a lot of other countries. I'm glad America was born! (Excerpt from a school essay written by Kenny in 2007).