Independence Day is sneaking up on us! Though Fourth of July is often associated with parades, fireworks, picnics, family reunions and barbecues, we can't forget the holiday's meaning. 

July 4 is celebrated every year in the United States, commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, declaring independence from Great Britain.

In honor of the federal American holiday, we compiled 20 quotes about freedom, independence and liberty! Check them out below and don't forget to have a safe long weekend and happy fourth of July!

Statue of Liberty We're getting in the Independence Day spirit with quotes about freedom and liberty to celebrate Fourth of July! Shutterstock

"Freedom is not worth having if it does not include the freedom to make mistakes." - Mahatma Gandhi

“When a man is denied the right to live the life he believes in, he has no choice but to become an outlaw.” - Nelson Mandela

“The most courageous act is still to think for yourself. Aloud.” - Coco Chanel

“Expose yourself to your deepest fear; after that, fear has no power, and the fear of freedom shrinks and vanishes. You are free.” - Jim Morrison

“Better to die fighting for freedom then be a prisoner all the days of your life.” - Bob Marley

“Now that she had nothing to lose, she was free.” - Paulo Coelho

“Freedom lies in being bold.” - Robert Frost

“The secret of happiness is freedom, the secret of freedom is courage.” - Carrie Jones

“The first duty of a man is to think for himself” - Jose Marti

“He who has overcome his fears will truly be free.” - Aristotle 

“Most people do not really want freedom, because freedom involves responsibility, and most people are frightened of responsibility.” - Sigmund Freud

“She had not known the weight until she felt the freedom.” - Nathaniel Hawthrone

“Those who do not move, do not notice their chains.” - Rosa Luxemburg

“Life without liberty is like a body without spirit.” - Kahlil Gibran

“I am no bird; and no net ensnares me: I am a free human being with an independent will.” - Charlotte Bronte

“Freedom (n.): To ask nothing. To expect nothing. To depend on nothing.” - Ayn Rand

“Be an independent thinker at all times, and ignore anyone who attempts to define you in a limiting way.” - Sherry Argov

“The true value of a human being can be found in the degree to which he has attained liberation from the self.” - Albert Einstein

“Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves, and, under a just God cannot retain it.” - Abraham Lincoln

“My definition of a free society is a society where it is safe to be unpopular.” - Adlai E. Stevenson II