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44 Funny 4th of July Memes to Celebrate Independence Day

These Independence Day memes will make you spit out your liber-tea.

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You probably have many activities on your 4th of July agenda: a barbecue, a day at the beach, and maybe even a 4th of July bash to keep the celebration going through the evening. Regardless of your ideas for the greatest summer weekend, you’ll definitely want to keep your friends and family laughing.

These July 4th memes are for everyone and will definitely at least crack a few smiles. There are some jokes and quotes about the signing of the Declaration of Independence and our Founding Fathers for the history buffs, and some summer barbecue jokes for those who just appreciate a day off. Wave the flag and pick your favorite 4th of July meme to share with your friends to get everyone in the patriotic mood. You may even be able to use some of these memes (or even summer memes) as inspiration for your 4th of July Instagram captions.

Meme text: British: Saying you’re independent doesn’t make it true. Thomas Jefferson: But I didn’t say it. I declared it.rd.com, Getty Images

The Declaration of Independence

Hence, the name of the document. If you need a refresher, learn the difference between the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution.

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Memories

Pictures just don’t do them justice, but pairing the videos with a 4th of July song might.

Meme text: It’s not you. It’s U.S.rd.com, Getty Images

The fundamental breakup

We just need a break—hence, why Independence Day was born.

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Think of the pups

Anyone have some noise-canceling headphones? If you’re wondering, this is why dogs are so scared of fireworks.

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Patriotic

Also likes bones and stealing hot dogs from human plates.

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Let freedom ring

This is a dad joke if I’ve ever heard one.

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Ring, ring!

My country, ’tis of thee. Who doesn’t love a good dog meme?

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Independence Day

And don’t forget Jeff Goldblum. This is one of the best patriotic movies, in my personal opinion.

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Long weekends are too short

Let’s bring the office to the beach.

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You know the one

They’re usually Ruffles.

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The bravest

Let freedom bark.

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The group chat is blowing up

Wish you could’ve been there!

Meme text: Cheers to those born on the Fourth… and who believed the fireworks for them throughout all of childhood.rd.com, Getty Images

An honest mistake

Hey, maybe the fireworks weren’t for them, but I’m sure they would appreciate a 4th of July getaway.

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Red, white, and blue

Clearly, it’s adorable—just like these other cat memes.

Meme text: America: Color, favorite, flavor, neighbor. England: Colour, favourite, neighbour. America: Time to go.rd.com, Getty Images

How do you spell…?

This is a valid argument.

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Smells like summer

Somebody definitely said barbecue.

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King George III

Stick to England, sir. By the way, do you know how many signatures are on the Declaration of Independence?

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There are so many

And they really all look the same after a while.

Meme text: Thomas Jefferson on July 3, 1776: Wait, that’s due tomorrow?rd.com, Getty Images

Friendly reminder

Do you think the Founding Fathers were procrastinators?

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Get it?

Who doesn’t love a good pun in their funny Fourth of July meme?

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A classic tune

Add this to your Fourth of July playlist ASAP.

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It’s mandatory

Sorry, I don’t make the rules.

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Can you imagine?

What would we even do? If this resonates with you, you’ll love these vacation memes.

Meme text: Take a load off. Have a kebab.rd.com, Getty Images

Sit back and relax

Time to celebrate America.

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For Instagram

And Facebook, of course.

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Be still

Try not to seem too eager. See where you can find the best hot dog near you.

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The ultimate debate

Blue, obviously. Another big debate: who has the best burger in each state.

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Right?

Oh wait, wrong holiday.

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What time is it?

Make sure to reapply that sunscreen. And then again. And again after that.

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How long?

Leave it to the professionals.

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Just chilling

We must protect the drinks at all costs.

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Every year

They just can’t help themselves. Make sure you also check out these travel jokes before your next trip to the pool.

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Ready!

Fresh off the grill.

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Pale as ever

But only for a few minutes. It’s too hot. These beach puns are shore to make you laugh.

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We hold these truths

This is goodbye.

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No thanks

Can we work from the pool today?

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Too loud

The fireworks can be scary, but for the humans, see where you can find the best firework display near you.

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Am I ready, you ask?

I have never been more ready.

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It’s time

A day of beer, barbecue, and fun.

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I’m exploding with laughter

You really crack me up.

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Please, no

A night of little sleep. Find out if fireworks are legal or illegal in your state.

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Just lounging

Hanging out on a beach chair…nothing to see here.

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Talk to you next week

Setting the out of office message as we speak.

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Which?

Just have both.

To keep the fun going after these Independence Day memes, try out some of these 4th of July party games.

Emma Taubenfeld
Emma Taubenfeld is an assistant editor for Reader’s Digest who focuses on digital lifestyle topics such as memes, social media captions, pick-up lines, and cute pets. When she’s not working, you can find Emma reading corny young adult novels, creating carefully curated playlists, and figuring out how to spice up boxed mac and cheese.