“My fellow Americans, it falls to us to keep faith with them, and all the great Americans of our past. Believe me, if there’s one impression I carry with me after the privilege of holding for five and a half years, the office held by Adams, Jefferson and Lincoln, it is this, that the things that unite us, America’s past of which we’re so proud, our hopes and aspirations for the future of the world and this much-loved country. These things far outweigh what little divides us.
And so tonight we are for reaffirm, that Jew and Gentile, we are one nation under God. That black and white, we are one nation indivisible. That Republican and Democrat, we are all Americans. Tonight, with heart and hand, through whatever trial and travail, we pledge ourselves to each other and to the cause of human freedom. The cause that has given light to this land, and hope to the world. My fellow Americans, we’re known around the world as a confident and a happy people. Tonight, there’s much to celebrate, and many blessings to be grateful for. So while it’s good to talk about serious things, it’s just as important and just as American, to have some fun. Now let’s have some fun, let the celebration begin.”
– Ronald Reagan, July 4, 1986