It’s no secret that the events inundating our ongoing news cycle in recent weeks, in the words of my beloved Alice in Wonderland, are unceasingly “curiouser and curiouser” — in other words, the current state of our nation is distressing to a level that borders on the surreal. And with Independence Day celebrations fast approaching, you might be feeling like opting out of the festivities this year. After all, emotional fatigue is real, and our political climate is challenging to say the least. But if your response to current events is to get out and make your voice heard, you can do it at any number of 4th of July protests or marches happening this Independence Day.
There is nothing more patriotic than taking steps to speak up for our communities, and the rights and freedoms of all individuals. And while you might have plans to attend or throw a traditional July 4th barbecue or potluck, why not take some time this week to also stand up for your values? There is no better or more urgent time than now to make our voices heard, so check out these seven 4th of July protests and resistance events to celebrate Independence Day with activism this year.