What makes a nation's pillars high And its foundations strong? What makes it mighty to defy The foes that round it throng? It is not gold. Its kingdoms grand Go down in battle shock; Its shafts are laid on sinking sand, Not on abiding rock. Is it the sword? Ask the red dust Of empires passed away; The blood
Fourth of July
Known as Independence Day, the Fourth of July is an annual, federal holiday that celebrates American independence from Great Britain. In 1776, Thomas Jefferson’s most famous piece of writing, the Declaration of Independence, was born and signed by the delegates of the Continental Congress. Today the Fourth of July is still celebrated as the birth of our country as we know it, and the holiday rings in the summer with fireworks, barbecues, gatherings, and parades. Browse these poems for the Fourth of July and read more about the poetry of the American Revolution.