There’s no holiday like Independence Day. Everyone dons their red, white, and blue, fireworks light up the night sky, and you get to truly enjoy your freedom because (normally) you get a day off of work. I’ve had some pretty good July 4ths and some pretty awful July 4ths, but still, I try to enjoy the day by going to the beach or reading a good book. This year I decided to compile a list of the perfect books to read on this momentous day. Let’s get started!
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1. Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow
I don’t think there is a more perfect book to read on the day celebrating America’s freedom. Hamilton was a founding father who served in the Revolutionary War and helped start countless American institutions (the US Treasury Department and the Coast Guard to name a few). We might know him today for his untimely death in a duel against Aaron Burr or for being a famous Broadway musical, but no one can deny that he’s the perfect figure to read about on this day. His biography is still on my list to read, and maybe July 4th will be the perfect day to start.
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2. Safe Haven by Nicholas Sparks
To be honest, I haven’t read this book, but I have watched the movie. Nicholas Sparks books are kind of my guilty pleasure — I actually love reading them. Deep down, I’m a hopeless romantic, and these books highlight some of my deepest romantic feelings, even if the stories can be a little far-fetched. Safe Haven, like all Sparks books, takes place in a beach town and (according to the movie) has a 4th of July scene, so it’s perfect to pack for your day at the beach. Bonus: It’s probably a book you can read in a day or two, so it’s not a huge commitment like Alexander Hamilton.
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3. Lone Survivor: The Eyewitness Account of Operation Redwing and the Lost Heroes of Seal Team 10 by Marcus Luttrel with Patrick Robinson
This might be a little heavy, but Lone Survivor has been on my list for a while, and I think July 4th is the perfect time to read it. We are thankful for the people that put their lives on the line every day to protect our freedom, so I think it’s important to read about it. We can never fully understand what it is like to be in a war zone, but the least we can do is educate ourselves by reading a first-hand account.
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4. Beautiful Day by Elin Hilderbrand
If I’m going to be honest, I’m not recommending this book specifically but more so the genre — beach reads that take place on the beach. Beautiful Day features a Nantucket wedding chockfull of family drama. It’s a light read that’s perfect to take to the beach when you’re just trying to enjoy the day.
On this day, and every day, I am thankful for the freedom we have in America. So, I’m going to do what I do best — grab a book, lay out on the beach, and read. What are your July 4th plans? Let me know in the comments below.