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65% Say Fourth of July One of Nation’s Most Important Holidays


While many people look forward to the Fourth of July for barbecues and fireworks, most Americans recognize the importance of our nation's Independence Day-but that does not mean barbecues and fireworks are off the table.

A new Rasmussen Reports national survey finds that 65% consider the Fourth of July, Independence Day, one of the nation's most important holidays. Just three percent (3%) consider it one of the least important, and 31% see it as somewhere in between. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

This upcoming holiday marks the 235th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence's adoption by the Continental Congress, and most Americans still agree with the central tenets of the document that declared the nation's independence from Great Britain. Ninety percent (90%) agree that we are all "endowed by our Creator with certain inalienable rights, among them life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness."

When it comes to celebrations, 77% say it is at least somewhat likely that they will attend a fireworks display. That includes 58% who say it is Very Likely they will be watching fireworks on the Fourth. Sixty-four percent (64%) plan to attend a barbecue with friends and family.

Fifty-four percent (54%) believe the nation founded in 1776 is truly a nation of "liberty and justice for all."

Most Americans still believe the U.S. Constitution has a positive impact on American life and think it should be left as is.

A plurality of adults still sees the nation's first president as its greatest founder.

As the nation prepares to celebrate Independence Day, more Americans than ever see danger in a government that is too powerful.

The Fourth of July continues to rate as one of the most important holidays, trailing only Christmas. Halloween and Valentine's Day rank among the holidays seen as least important. Mother's Day falls somewhere in between.

This finding has held relatively steady since surveys dating back to 2006.

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Scott Rasmussen, president of Rasmussen Reports, has been an independent pollster for more than a decade. To learn more about our methodology, click here.

The survey of 1,000 Adults was conducted on June 27-28, 2011 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.

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