The Brief: 4th of July 2020 memes encapsulate a variety of experiences and sentiments around United States Independence Day during a particularly tumultuous time.


People are celebrating the 4th of July 2020 through memes about everything from barbecues to fireworks to politics to the history of the holiday.

History memes dive into the events that led up to the signing of the Declaration Of Independence in 1776.

Happy 4th of July, Americans!
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With the COVID-19 pandemic, this Fourth Of July will be like no other in recent history. Many 4th of July 2020 memes urge people to practice social distancing and wear masks while others are declaring that the holiday has been canceled.

Some memes explore the mixed feelings people have about celebrating patriotism in a country that has a legacy of racism and oppression of marginalized people. Recent uprisings and protests against police brutality and racism, as well as other present inequalities that have been exacerbated by the pandemic, have highlighted injustice in the U.S., causing some people to rethink their patriotic festivities.

While many big fireworks shows have been canceled, there has been a significant rise in the number of illegal fireworks being set off in cities. While psy-op conspiracy theories about the source of the fireworks have died down somewhat, memes about 4th of July fireworks highlight the pros and cons of pyrotechnic displays.

Can someone explain why the fireworks start over a week before the actual 4th of July? Are people that impatient?
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