On this great day when we celebrate America, its freedoms and way of life, please enjoy these 43 reasons why the USA is such a blessed place:
#43. World Cup 2026. Summer Olympics 2028. Sports at their highest – happen here.
#42. Unemployment at an 18 year low. Consumer confidence at an 18 year high. The economy – solid here.
#41. The Left. The Right. The noise is often, sadly noxious yet life – rolls on here!
#40. Dow 24,000. NASDAQ 7,500. Markets up 400% since March of ’09. Bull markets – run here.
#39. The press. Religion. Speech. Blessedly – free here.
#38. Wikipedia. The Wayback Machine. Google it. The world’s information – at your fingertips here.
#36. Instagram. SNAP. Pictures – worth billions of words here.
#35. Apple. Google. Facebook. $2.2 Trillion in market value – capitalized here.
#34. YPO. Vistage. FoundersCard. Entrepreneurial Leaders – networking here.
#32. Uber. AirBnB. WeWork. The economy – shared here.
#31. Silicon Valley, Beach, Alley (Manhattan), Hills (Austin). Technology – clustered here.
#30. Gettysburg. Guadalcanal. Bunker Hill. Heroes – lived here.
#29. Contract Rights. Judges. Juries of One’s Peers. Redress for grievances – practiced here.
#28. Yosemite. The Grand Canyon. Yellowstone. Nature – abundant here.
#27. The Interstates. State Highways. County Parkways. The Open Road – great to be on it here.
#26. Lexington. Concord. Saratoga. Yorktown – Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness – fought for here.
#25. The Bill of Rights. The Supreme Court. The Rule of Law. Justice – served here.
#24. The Stock Market. Home Ownership. Low Inflation. Assets – built here.
#23. Autonomous Driving. Wearables. The Internet of Things. Tomorrow’s Technologies – Imagined Here.
#22. Diamandis. Kurzweil. Saffo. The future – abundant here.
#21. Hollywood. Disney. Broadway. Entertainment – dazzling here.
#20. The World Series, The Super Bowl, The Masters. Sports – a spectacle here.
#19. Jesus. Moses. Mohammed. The Buddha. Religion – coexists here.
#18. Murphy. Martin. Seinfeld. Rock. Laughing – out loud here.
#17. Gates. Jobs. Musk. Big stuff – invented here.
#16. Madonna. Mariah. Whitney. Music – sparkling here.
#15. Faulkner. Hemmingway. Roth. Stories – beautifully told here.
#14. Kaiser. Pfizer. Genentech. Merck. Healing – so often miraculous here.
#13. Boeing. Caterpiillar. Deere. Stuff – built here.
#12. UPS. FedEx. And then gets there.
#11. Amazon. eBay. Ecommerce – transacted here.
#10. Facebook, LinkedIn. Networks – connected here.
#9. Google. Yahoo. Bing. Information – organized and accessible here.
#8. Kleiner. Sequoia. Mayfield. Ideas – backed here.
#7. The Inc. 500. The Fast Company 50. Entrepreneurs – recognized here.
#6. Alaska. Montana. Wyoming. Space – open here.
#5. Chicago. Boston. San Francisco. NYC. Cities – pulse here.
#4. Jefferson, Lincoln, Roosevelt. Led here.
#3. The first guy in charge voluntarily gave up power, when he could easily have been named ruler for life. Character – dignified here.
#2. Since its founding, America has been a beacon of hope for immigrants from around the globe seeking opportunity and a better life. Hope and possibility – abound here.
#1. The Greatest Generation was born here, fought and won there. And then they came home, put their heads down, and built a new America. Civil rights, cities, suburbs, highways, schools, and more.
So on this day especially we say thank you.
Happy 4th to You and Yours!