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What Does the Fourth of July Really Mean?

People recall what the 4th and American Dream means to them

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Greenwich, CT | Added on July 02, 2014 At 05:21 PM

The Fourth of July holiday is approaching, and many Americans are getting into the patriotic spirit. Greenwich residents share what the Fourth of July and the "American Dream" means to them. 

"To me, it means an enjoyable summer weekend with my family and friends. That's really all it means. It's not one specific patriotic feeling, other than happy to be in this country, and happy that things are going relatively well, and that we still have freedom," said Edward O'Hara of Greenwich. 

"Having fun, and being around friends, family, and people you care about," said Greenwich resident Tulsai Sundaresh. 

"Spending time with family, friends, and relatives," said Danielle Hoffer of Pelham, NY. 

"I feel like you have to make something out of nothing in America. If you're given this much, you have to make it as much as you can. It's like an American hustle in a way. For example, I graduated college with a degree, but it's up to me now to use that degree to hustle my way into a career that I feel happy with," said Chris Freycinet of Stamford. 

"One of the things I think is that we come to America to enhance our lives, to get an education. It's the elevation of our lives and environment, and we help those around us. I work for the community at a non-profit, so I help the community. I love the fact that I am able to do that, and give back to America for giving me what it gave me," said Bronx, NY resident Gloria Ashby. 

To celebrate the holiday, the Town of Greenwich is having an Independence Day Celebration on Friday morning, and two fireworks displays on Saturday night. 

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