Celebrating Our Independence Independently

As protests about police violence put a spotlight on the nation’s history of racial injustice and the pandemic worsens inequality, Americans are rethinking what independence means this year.

Nearly nine-in-ten Americans are dissatisfied with the direction of the country, and a large majority say they feel angry and fearful about the state of the nation.

Rather than celebrating American liberty, one-in-three Americans say they feel less patriotic and eight-in-ten feel less free.

As a somber and uncertain mood takes over the nation, Americans also continue to worry about the health risks of partaking in holiday celebrations.

One-in-four say they don’t plan to celebrate Independence Day this year, while three-in-four plan to stay local for the holiday and spend less money.

More than half say they plan to restrict their celebration to a barbeque or picnic.