Happy July 4th!

Jul 04, 2008

Posted by Melissa Anelli

If you’re American today is the day of barbecues, hot dogs, fireworks, stars and stripes, and we hope you enjoy all those things. If you’re not American, we hope you enjoy the day anyway!

51 Responses to Happy July 4th!

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Melissa: Thank you for all you do for Leaky. I am a 50+ yo woman who checks for all things Potter about 3 times a week. Happy 4th of July to you and yours. I am an American. Don’t forget, the HP Movie Marathon tonight. ABC Family.

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Im Canadian but Happy 4th of July to everyone!!!

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Thanks Melissa! Same to you!

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Thank you Melissa!

I am a 21 year old… who works two jobs. 7am-330pm I’m at one… and then from 4pm-11pm I am at the other. Weekdays and weeknights. Today is not only a day to have a barbecue and all that jazz… but is a day (and only day this summer) in which BOTH my jobs gave me the day off!!

So, here’s to my only day off this summer! Haha. I hope everyone has a wonderful Independence Day--if you are American. And a wonderful Friday if you are not (pay-day is better than nothing). :)

-Muggle-Born-Witch. remember the troops—my brother is over there.

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lol, I live in Denmark and my town had an American day where some random people came and danced line dance in the street, it was weird. Hope all you Americans enjoyed the day! :)

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I’m not too fond of the 4th of July (I find it a pointless holiday), but I AM looking forward to the HP marathon this weekend.

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At least we know we’re free. That is something to celebrate.

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Happy 4th Of July, everyone!* Thank you Melissa, & Leaky!*

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Mellisa, I want to thank you and the crew for providing all Harry Potter news. I’m literally here checking on this page twenty-four seven. Let’s celebrate the birth of the United States of America, have fun everyone!

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Im not a American but come from the uk. Happy 4th of July to all Americans!

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I’m British, but I hope you all had a fantastic day!

I know I did! I’ve been accepted on a trip to Istanbul for next February!

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congrats sammy! i got accepted on a peru trip earlier this year, so i know how excited you are. happy 4th everyone.

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Happy Independence Day!

I am happy to celebrate the birth of our nation. HAPPY BIRTHDAY USA! I wish everyone a glorious day!

Thanks to all our friends everywhere for the well wishes!

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Happy 4th of July everyone! Speaking of the ABC Family Harry Potter 4th of July weekend, does Leaky or anyone know if we will get sneak peeks of Half-Blood Prince during the broadcasts this weekend?

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To Raymond: I don’t know if they are but lets hope WB will. It will make a great weekend for 4th of July.

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Happy Independence Day, America! I hope everyone has a great time celebrating the birth of our nation and our freedom, and I give thanks to all the people who help keep our country free and safe. Enjoy the fireworks!!

@Muggle-Born-Witch, from my family to yours, please tell your brother thank you from the bottom of our hearts. We appreciate and are proud of his service to his country. Happy 4th. :)

I hope all of our non-American friends have a great day, too. :) Thanks, Melissa and all of Leaky for providing our spot to indulge our HP addiction 24/7 in such a fun, supportive, inclusive and wonderful way.

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Happy July Fourth to all my America friends. I wish they’d rename it Interdependence Day, because I think we’re all connected and need each other. I hope all my American friends have a chance to be with family and friends for food and drink and good cheer. Wotcher, Melissa and Leaky’s finest.

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Enjoy your Independence Day, from this ashamed old colonial Brit (lol). By the way, whats up with WB – we haven’t had a new photo for at least 24 hours!

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Yes – happy birthday to my second home !

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Happy Birthday to my second home as well! =D (As a canadian living happily in the U.S) _

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Thanks for the holiday wishes, Melissa! And Happy Fourth to everyone who celebrates in on Leaky! And yes, happy Friday to everyone else!

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Happy 4th of July America!!! You may be a bunch of traitorous rebels, but this proud Scot doesn’t mind!! Have a good day guys!!

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Happy US day, all you Americans :) Happy Belated Canada Day to all those who live (or have lived) in this noble, splendid country! Go Canada! And go US too :)

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Thank you, Melissa & Leaky – happy Fourth, everyone, and happy HP marathon!

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Happy 4th of July! This is a day we remember everyone who fought for our freedom! Happy Independence Day!

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Happy 4th of July Americans! I am Australian and we are never really taught what the 4th of July celebrations are for…except through the Simpsons. I’ll be in America over Christmas (we get 7.5 weeks holiday here because it’s summer). Anyone have any ideas of where I should go? Only in new York for a few nights but that includes new years eve! Don’t know whether I’ll see Equas, it’s pretty expensive. Diffenatly seeing Legally Blonde the musical and Wicked though!

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A note to all Americans with cable:

“This fourth of July ABC Family salutes America with a Harry Potter Weekend”

That’s their official tagline. Isn’t it hysterical? ABC Family is saluting America with a weekend of British films.

Of course I’m thrilled but I don’t put much stock in ABC Family’s logic.

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incase anyone was wondering this is why we party on the 4th of july in the USA

IN CONGRESS, JULY 4, 1776 The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America

When in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security. — Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.

He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.

He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.

He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of Representation in the Legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.

He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their Public Records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.

He has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people.

He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected, whereby the Legislative Powers, incapable of Annihilation, have returned to the People at large for their exercise; the State remaining in the mean time exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.

He has endeavoured to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.

He has obstructed the Administration of Justice by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary Powers.

He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.

He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harass our people and eat out their substance.

He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislatures.

He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil Power.

He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation:

For quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:

For protecting them, by a mock Trial from punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States:

For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world:

For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:

For depriving us in many cases, of the benefit of Trial by Jury:

For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences:

For abolishing the free System of English Laws in a neighbouring Province, establishing therein an Arbitrary government, and enlarging its Boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule into these Colonies

For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments:

For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.

He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection and waging War against us.

He has plundered our seas, ravaged our coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.

He is at this time transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to compleat the works of death, desolation, and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty & Perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized nation.

He has constrained our fellow Citizens taken Captive on the high Seas to bear Arms against their Country, to become the executioners of their friends and Brethren, or to fall themselves by their Hands.

He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.

In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince, whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.

Nor have We been wanting in attentions to our British brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our Separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace Friends.

We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these united Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States, that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. — And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honor.

— John Hancock

New Hampshire: Josiah Bartlett, William Whipple, Matthew Thornton

Massachusetts: John Hancock, Samuel Adams, John Adams, Robert Treat Paine, Elbridge Gerry

Rhode Island: Stephen Hopkins, William Ellery

Connecticut: Roger Sherman, Samuel Huntington, William Williams, Oliver Wolcott

New York: William Floyd, Philip Livingston, Francis Lewis, Lewis Morris

New Jersey: Richard Stockton, John Witherspoon, Francis Hopkinson, John Hart, Abraham Clark

Pennsylvania: Robert Morris, Benjamin Rush, Benjamin Franklin, John Morton, George Clymer, James Smith, George Taylor, James Wilson, George Ross

Delaware: Caesar Rodney, George Read, Thomas McKean

Maryland: Samuel Chase, William Paca, Thomas Stone, Charles Carroll of Carrollton

Virginia: George Wythe, Richard Henry Lee, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Harrison, Thomas Nelson, Jr.

Francis Lightfoot Lee, Carter Braxton

North Carolina: William Hooper, Joseph Hewes, John Penn

South Carolina: Edward Rutledge, Thomas Heyward, Jr., Thomas Lynch, Jr.

Arthur Middleton

Georgia: Button Gwinnett, Lyman Hall, George Walton

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Happy Birthday to my fellow Americans, and Thank God we broke away from the Brits :-)

If we hadn’t, it would have been an alternate time line, and (gasp) Jo wouldn’t have been born, and (God Forbid), there would have been no Harry Potter (I’m obviously a Star Trek fan as well).

I had to step away from the HP marathon to get my fireworks fix, but I’m back, and I will be planting myself in front of the TV for the rest of the weekend!!!

Enjoy Everyone, and God bless our military!!!!

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Thanks for that, I now know what the holiday is for! Has there been any extra special content?

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Happy 4th july anyway !!

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The hell with the american military. God provide safety and comfort to those who are conquered by them.

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I’m American…it was a wonderful day of fireworks and cooking on the grill!!!...thank you Leaky Cauldron for keeping me informed with all the latest HP news…I love this site!!!..p.s. I agree with daveenglish…I think everyone should celebrate today…I’m saving up for a trip to London…I can’t wait to leave.

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Hello Melissa. I’m 14 from a country called Armenia.Thank you for all u do for this site.Everything is perfect.Happy 4th July!!!!!!!!!!!

P.S.The are lots of armenians in America,aren’t they???

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Happy Independence Day to all you ‘Muricans and non-’Muricans alike!

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Fun fact: Most of the founding fathers signed the Declaration of Independence on August 2, not July 4.

Happy 2nd of August!

... It just doesn’t sound right.

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To all Americans Happy 4th:) It’s strange for me to congratulate you because here, in Estonia it’s 9am of 5th July:D

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I’m not american,but happy independence day to all americans anyway!

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Not American but 4th July my Birthday so I celebrate anyway!

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Coming from England there isn’t really great need for us to celebrate this day. But my cousins always call me on their time from Kansas to wish me Happy Independence Day! heehee. It’s my mate’s b-day on the fourth and we’ve had a tradition for five years now to watch the film “Born on the Fourth of July” Every time!

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to LemonFaerie (a couple pages later…sorry—siblings were on this thing all day yesterday…) thank you! It’s is always nice to hear that some people are still proud of our troops. I hope your 4th was wonderful!


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Pretty much everything I’m into—Harry Potter, Discworld, Monty Python, Scarlet Pimpernel, Beatles, Hitchhikers’ Guide—is British… and yet, I’m proud to be an American anyway! Yeee-haw!

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Actually, in Norway, 4th of July is the queens bithday, so flags were out here too ;-)

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Dear Melissa and Leaky,

Thank you from the bottom of my heart for remembering us on such a great and wonderful day.

To Muggle-Born-Witch your bother and all of the service men and women were definitly thought of yesterday with my family. My husband is retired Navy so that is something very near and dear to our hearts. Please tell your brother Thank you for his services to our country from our family.

Have a wonderful weekend everyone!

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I’m clearly very late on this…but happy July 4th to other Americans! I may be incredibly cynical about how our country is run, but I think it may be wise to remind people that the difference between patriotism and nationalism is loving your country and doing your best to improve it, and believing that your country is perfect and better than the others. I would post an eloquent quote, but I can’t find it. Fun Fact that (probably) only Americans or Historians will likely care about: George Washington was not our first president. He was our first president under the modern Constitution. Ever noticed that his term began in 1789, but we declared independence in 1776? We have had several other Presidents of Congress during the American Revolution and under our first constitution, the Articles of Confederation. I’m too lazy to check the exact number, though one count I recall is seven before Washington.

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David English—

I love that you said Interdependence Day. What a beautiful sentiment!

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Helios Lightra—Yeah, I think our first “president” was actually John Hanson. My 7th grade history teacher would always say to us, “Who was the first president?” And if we said George Washington, he’d bark, “NO, HE WAS THE EIGHTH!” Eventually, I just had to go look it up to satisfy my curiosity. Even four years later I still remember.

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Happy 4th of July to everyone. Eat Lovely!

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Thank you to you too, Carolyn. A big thanks to your husband as well-for all he has done for everyone. :) I hope your 4th was a wonderful celebration!


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Hope you guys had a great 4th of july…....even though i’m not american hehe

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