Northern Michigan Reflects on the Meaning of Independence Day

Independence Day is the chance to celebrate our liberty, freedom and the American way since 1776.

On the Fourth of July Americans eat 150 million hot dogs and blast off 250 million pounds of fireworks.

There’s grilling and fireworks and beaches too, all in the name of celebrating the red white and blue.

But there’s more to the holiday for many Americans.

We asked Michiganders…what does Independence Day mean to you?

“American freedom, that’s what it means to me,” said Dennis Costello, visiting Traverse City State Park. “Celebration. Everybody’s out here celebrating.”

“Just the family. We’re all here, this brings us together. It’s time off work, vacation!” said John Parham, relaxing on the beach in Traverse City.

“We are lucky here in the United States that we are relatively free compared to other places, so I don’t like to take that for granted,” said Marisa Hrbal.  “I am free to choose to live the way I want and I get to be the writer of my story.”