THE TRANSATLANTIC MAGAZINE
2020 has been a year quite unlike any other, but ahead of Independence Day, a survey has found that Americans continue to look at July 4th as a positive time to reflect on the ideals of the Declaration of Independence, and to look ahead with optimism.
In the most recent Harris Poll of Americans, when respondents were asked about the relevance of the phrase "Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness" in the context of the Declaration of Independence, 69% said that the historical sentiment is alive today, including 75% of Republicans and 67% of Democrats. 78% of respondents said that July 4th is an "Important Holiday" to them, their family and their community. When looking into the reasons for its importance, 60% said it was "celebrating our history", 54% said being "grateful to live in America", whilst 49% described the day as an "opportunity to have some fun".
Reinforcing the need for some national optimism, 59% said they were "very" or "somewhat" excited for Independence Day this year, with 51% saying "we need something to look forward to right now".
Given the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, 61% said they would be avoiding gatherings altogether, while just 39% said they were be attending or hosting a social event.
Responding to the survey John Gerzema, CEO of The Harris Poll, said "Though celebrations will look quite different, Americans are looking forward to a weekend of happiness and a short reprieve from the weight of the pandemic and social unrest".
However you choose to spend this weekend - we at The American wish you a Happy July 4th and hope you and your family stay safe and keep well.