I am going to say this very quietly, because I don't want my fiance to read it and hold it over my head, and I also don't like getting super political.
I'm something of a libertarian.
So, I consider Independence Day pretty important for us statesiders. It's not because we got away from the Brits, because I love British culture and Britishisms, and I am probably somewhat unhealthily fascinated by British everything (except the food... sorry). It's about revolutions and constitutions and all those things that I think are pretty precious.
I also celebrate Bastille Day for similar reasons.
My dad's birthday is July 4th, and this is the first year I haven't been with him on his birthday, by my own choice. But you know who else has a birthday on July 4th? My best friend, and pocket tank, Fuubaar over at Killing Em Slowly.
She's 42 today, and doesn't look a day over 24. Go wish her a happy birthday!