The Worst Part of Being a Parent

Quote from Richard Ford’s “Independence Day”.

It’s Complicated: Me & My Country

Freedom’s voice will find a way to speak. What will history say about how we chose to use it?

Dads Cookin’ with Kids; Freedom Edition

Celebrating All Family Structures on Independence Day

Midlife: Welcome to Your Independence Day!

Sean Swaby says Independence Day isn’t a date on the calendar. It’s an amazing, adventurous time of life.


Sarah Ann Winn celebrates the Fourth of July with a parade of images.

16 Ways to Avoid Becoming a Workaholic

Edie Weinstein almost worked herself to death. Now she’s sharing tips to maintain a happier, healthier lifestyle.

The Good Men Project Call for Submissions: Life After High School or College

As we get ready to celebrate Independence Day, we want to know what does independence look like to you as you transition from high school to college and beyond.

Patriotism Is Perplexing

  Dillan DiGiovanni thinks that patriotism isn’t just red, white and blue or merely black and white, either. This Independence Day holiday has been unique for me. For the first time in a while, I’ve considered how perplexing patriotism can be. For the past few years I sat along the Charles River on the Cambridge […]

Hungry: A Year in the Life of Competitive Eating

As men and women converge on Coney Island, NY in two days for the annual Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest, a newly available documentary shares the ins (not outs, never outs … that’ll get you disqualified) of competitive eating.

Eyes Devour

Deanna Ogle reflects on grief, David Rakoff, and fireworks.

Statue of Liberty Reopens for the 4th of July

Months after Superstorm Sandy overwhelmed Lady Liberty’s 12 acre island in New York Harbor, the Statue of Liberty is finally reopening.

Perversity and Parades

Celebrating Independence Day by opting out of the parade

What Does Freedom Mean to You? Our Community Shares Their Responses

We asked our community a simple question: What does freedom mean to you? We got answers via email, by post, on Facebook and Twitter. Here are some of the best answers. Please add yours to the comments, we’ll be updating as more responses come in.

The 4th o’ July: Remembrance of Things Past

Ross Steinborn remembers the words of Frederick Douglas, and reminds us to look to both the past and the future for our vision of freedom.

Independence: Call for Submissions Due 6/29

It’s the 21st century. Just what does independence mean to you?

19 Fictional Presidents: Vote for Your Favorite

A comprehensive list of some of the most popular TV and movie Presidents. Who are your favorites?