A FOURTH OF JULY TRIBUTE
On the Fourth of July, Americans celebrate both the founding of our nation and the beauty and variety of our land and its bounty.
From the cities, rivers, and fields by the Atlantic Ocean to the states bordered by the Pacific -- and on to Alaska and Hawaii -- there are scenic wonders to swell every Americanís heart with pride.
The celebration begins with that beloved incarnation of the American spirit: the Statue of Liberty in New York.
The glamour of it all! New York!
-- Charlie Chaplin, actor
Filming fireworks over the Statue of Liberty (© AP Images/Ron Frehm).
New York, New York
Left, skaters at Rockefeller Center, New York City (© AP Photo/Ed Bailey). Right, the Empire State Building, in foreground, and the Chrysler Building dominate the midtown Manhattan skyline (© Ambient Images Inc. / Alamy).
New York, New York
Everyone must take time to sit and watch the leaves turn. -- Elizabeth Lawrence, writer and gardener
Fall foliage in Harrison, Maine (© AP Images/Portland Press Herald, Herb Swanson).
Fall foliage in Waynesboro, Pennsylvania (© AP Images/Hagerstown Herald-Mail, Ric Dugan).
If ever the spirit of liberty should vanish from the rest of the Union, it could be restored by the generous share held by the people in this brave little State of Vermont.
-- Calvin Coolidge, U.S. President, 1923-29
Left, winter in Calais, Vermont. Right, Town Hall meeting, Elmore, Vermont (Both, © AP Images/Toby Talbot).
The freedom and happiness of man . [are] the sole objects of all legitimate government.
-- Thomas Jefferson, U.S. President, 1801-1809
Left, baseball Opening Day ceremonies, Washington, D.C. (Photo by Tim Brown). Right, Thomas Jefferson Memorial and cherry blossoms, Washington, D.C. (© Bruce Dorrier/Superstock).
"I'm going back to dignity and grace. I'm going back to Charleston, where I belong."