Happy Independence Day!

by Elena Knezevic
07/03/21 22:02:18 ( 69 comments )


Every time we deal with perfume press releases or perfume commercials, the perfume is an embodiment of a brave, independent, daring individual.

What if we actually lived by these slogans?








Happy birthday, America!

Independence Day every day!


Elena Knezevic

Elena Knezevic Co-founder & Editor-in-Chief

Elena Knezevic founded Fragrantica together with Zoran Knezevic in 2007. Since then Elena has taken care of its design and content as the Editor-in-Chief. Elena was born in Russia, studied Slavic languages and literature in Moscow, and lived in Sarajevo and Belgrade, where the idea of Fragrantica was born. Now she resides in California.

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I was sick w/ food poisoning during the 4th this year and didn't get to celebrate but I'm always happy that I was born here, and live here. Happy to be an American!
Cereus No.3


I am so grateful every day that my family moved here from Hungary/Yugoslavia/Serbia and became US citizens. Many of our family who stayed behind lost it all, property and lives. Happy 4th of July to the greatest country in the world!
Boss Bottled Absolute


@ThatMakesSense what does a racist terrorist group bent on destroying America have to do with this?


Happy belated Independence Day / Fourth of July, everyone! My husband and I caught the Washington, D.C. fireworks from the roof of our high rise condo just across the Potomac in Arlington, Virginia -- really amazing show, as usual, and lots of smaller, "local" displays visible in other directions, coming from various suburbs farther away from D.C. It was a great scene up there -- mixed ages, races (even Native American, since my husband has significant Cherokee ancestry -- and it shows, FWIW <3), national origins (I heard snatches of accents that indicated that English was a second language), and political orientations (I'm assuming), all smiles and joie de vivre and camaraderie, just celebrating our nation's birthday in harmony. I wish we could all come together like that every day -- think of the AMAZING things we could accomplish. ʕ•ᴥ•ʔ 🇺🇸
Eau Duelle Eau de Parfum


@ThatMakesScents you saying I am not American is a very lame attempt to offend. My citizenship, passport and love for this nation say I am American, even though not by birth. And I am way more American than the people who would love to see this country to fall apart in crumbles.
Right choices in life matter (even if your start is not favorable) there is no country in this planet where everyone is granted education, healthcare, housing and cash in the bank without any efforts. YOU must work for it. YOU must choose between being lazy, doing drugs, wasting your youth or doing the opposite to succeed in life. YOU can also work part time and finish college later in life if the situation was so bad. The utopy of communism has poisoned so many people, it is almost funny the level of victimization and entitlement of the ones who want to receive everything for free.
If you love communism so much, maybe you are NOT American! maybe you should go to live in Cuba and make your dreams come true!
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Happy Birthday, America!!!!!! I was offline all day on the holiday, but I can wish her a belated birthday all the same. :D I love my country deeply and am thankful for every single gift given us by the few and the brave who have given their lives for our freedom. LONG may the flag wave!!!!!!!
Eau des Baux


America is the home I chose 20 years ago, and I am constantly thanking myself for taking the leap and immigrating. I love it here, despite all its imperfections. It’s a place where young, healthy and ambitious people can still succeed. Here, idealism still has a place, corruption has not rotten every aspect of everyday life, and I feel dignity when I deal with our public servants. We are going through tough times reckoning with our bloody past, but I have faith that we will come out of it as a better nation. Happy Independence Day!
Rose Alexandrie


@ThatMakesScents, and the axiom of success stays unchanged: in order to succeed you have to study and work hard. Not everyone has a good starting position, it is true. For that, gvmnt should not promote taking it from those who have, but to improve starting positions of less fortunate (not by putting obstacles in the way of others). The first step is providing safety and good education (school choice, new horizons, promoting the strength of mind, not victimhood) and the gvmnt should form from down up, not the other way around. People know better what they want for their own community, then city, then state. What is already important, we are equal by the law.
BTW, Aspirina is not "confused", she told us – this is her experience.
Eau Duelle Eau de Parfum


I grew up in a socialist country, now blatantly communist. I cried the day I became a US citizen. It breaks my heart to see how people express such disdain for a country that has everything anyone could desire. Basically, if you study, if you work hard, you can have the american dream. It is a matter of life choices. In a socialist/communist country all the decisions are made by the government. Look at Cuba: doctors receive a salary of $25-50 per month, engineers and teachers even less. Venezuela is even worse. They do get free education, and poor socialized medicine in ruined hospitals, but everybody is poor. Unless you belong to the governing elite, no matter how hard you study to become a professional, you are condemned to be poor.
I pray everyday, that the ones who hate this country (and freedom) can just emigrate to a communist paradise, and allow the USA to continue to be the best country in the world.
Rose Alexandrie


Yesterday I was busy celebrating, but today I feel like explaining myself to some people who do not get why this post appeared. Not excusing, but explaining, because I do not believe in playing chess with an opponent who wants to slam me with the chessboard upon my head. Bolsheviks, before they started the blood bath in Russia, used all means possible in achieving their goals, but every time they were pressed by their opponents, they cried for rights and law. Aha, if you are against freedoms declared by this Nation, why are you complaining about authoritarian methods? You get what you want, enjoy!

Back to the point. I treasure Freedoms for a Big reason. Because the alternative is hell. My great-great-grandparents knew it. All my families suffered from communism, I know my history to learn from it, not to declare myself a victim. I am a lucky one. My great-great grandfather (the father of my great-grandmother) was killed by commies on the spot, his wife and three small children were thrown to beg on the street. They were not rich, they were hard-working and could afford to send their daughter, my granny, to finish elementary school. She told me this herself, many many times. My paternal great-great-grandfather ended up on the street as well, fortunately, he was not killed but he wasn’t allowed to work to earn enough for his family because of his prosperous life before, he was poor like a mouse after the revolution and died of hunger, but apparently, he didn’t deserve any forgiveness, his present suffering didn’t count, he had to atone for his guilt to the end of his life, and even his granddaughters, my grandmothers, had to hide their bloodline in order to enroll in college. They were not any rich aristocrats, just hard-working people known in the city for charity, for God's sake! This is collective guilt, a very convenient tool – we are as a Nation in a similar situation right now. The father of my other grandfather was killed in Gulag, half of my parental family had to run from Russia to America for their lives. This is communism.

In USSR we had standards for housing (human-meters), standards for everything! And I myself experienced those food lines (the result of planned economy and equity). I witnessed the fall of the socialistic empire, so I can’t flash any personal victimhood, but it was worse for each generation back. The alternative to Freedoms is hell. This is why it is so important to keep them and not fight each other and blame for the bloody past. I have indigenous people's blood in me as well (and who now doesn't? Earth is a very small place), the father of my grandmother was from a native Siberian nation conquered by Russians. I have 1/4 Ukrainian blood, who lived through genocide by hunger after the revolution. Should we now wreck everybody’s life because of the collective guilt for the past? Life is not fair, not kind, and not easy, but people should live with each other to make it better. Not equity, but equality. My parents lived through equity, with minimum wage. They now say minimum wage is a good thing, no, it is actually your guaranteed maximum you’ll get all your life without any opportunity to grow. No more than that! We lived through it, it is true. No competition, no opportunity. This is why Freedoms and Equality are so important. I thought the scary time would never come, but it is coming. Do not let fear and nonsense rule. These are my personal reasons. I do not enjoy this striptease, but I don't like when people spread scary rumors without backing them up.


Absolutely love this post! God Bless America!!!
Rose Alexandrie

jeca 07/05/21 01:57

:-) Russians and Americans are quite similar. Divisive politics make people hate each other. But in reality we are all the same.
Eau Parfumee au The Vert

greatbitch 07/05/21 01:45

Born in Russia, happy birthday to America, well, a little ironic
Café Simien

joyjoy 07/05/21 00:11

Elena & Zoran~love you guys & love this site! Happy 245th America! 🇺🇸 🥰

I'ma-Fraggot 07/04/21 23:08

I love seeing so many pro American comments on here in a seemingly anti-american world.

I'ma-Fraggot 07/04/21 23:01

I thank God top have been born in the greatest country ever to have existed, though we are not a perfect nation... There has never been a nation who has acquired as much power and has abused it less while also trying to bring the same freedoms And prosperity we enjoy to those who don't have it.

Merca!!! Happy B Day

Latitude-29 07/04/21 20:58

It seems that most of us here on Fagrantica are from the English speaking world, which means a lot of us are in countries; like my own, who's independence came about one way or another over what "organically" was an extended period of time.

The US did this is in a bold unambiguous way, marked indelibly with a declaration made on an historical date.

Let's just keep it simple. And lets celebrate that date.

Happy Birthday America!
Nuit et Confidences

Allisonmsmith22 07/04/21 17:35

I am grateful everyday for the freedom I have in the USA. Not everyone has these rights in other parts of the world. We are beyond lucky. Eat, drink and be merry! <3

"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"

RkrChk 07/04/21 17:17

There is waayy too much ugliness in my life right now and seeing this article of celebration made my day!

If there was a way to post a beautiful gif, it would certainly be one of blasting fireworks...As a minority, I have lived with atrocities towards my culture and the color of my skin, but you know what? I LOVE my freedom living here in the USA...

As Steve Miller sings in his "Living in the USA" song, "Somebody get me a cheeseburger!"


P.S. Happy Birthday, kimberly.b.stone!

~ ♥ ~
Couture Couture

angelick 07/04/21 16:20

I'm a South African, living in New Zealand, so it's not independence day here, ut I wated to wish you guys a very happy Independence day, and thanks for the wonderful website.
Hope it lives on forever!
Rose Alexandrie

jeca 07/04/21 16:07

Luc, talk like a normal polite human being and no one will touch your comments.

Luc 07/04/21 16:04

My comment was deleted because the moderators here didn't like it.....and you are celebrating freedom of speech?? How hypocritical of you! Freedom of speech only when you approve of it.
Dans Tes Bras

KBreckenridge 07/04/21 16:04

Go Jeca!

mother_love_bone 07/04/21 16:01

I think just for some context, it is the Declaration of Independence, not the U.S. Constitution, that refers to Natives inhabiting what was then the colonial "frontier" (and westward, beyond) as "merciless Indian Savages." It appears in one of the laundry-list of grievances asserted against the Crown:

"He (King George III) 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."

The hard and sometimes shameful truth is that for over a century prior to the Revolution, European colonists (British, Spanish, and French) waged bloody wars against indigenous peoples. The outcome of a war may be forestalled with defense of territory, but no war is won without acquisition. Indicative of the era's sentiments, the phrase would certainly have incited dissent and raised support for separation from Great Britain, especially among frontiersmen, by portraying warring Natives as doubly-dangerous because allied with the Crown.

The characterization of Natives has, no doubt, been disparaging for most of this country's history. Thankfully, Tribal culture and sovereignty remains alive after generations. And, the paradigm is shifting, if ever so slightly (Indigenous People's Day; Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site; U.S. v. Sioux Nation of Indians, NAGPRA, ICWA, water rights compacts with states, MMIW movement, inter alia). As Americans, we have a duty to educate ourselves and our children (public schools do very little) regarding our past so as not to repeat it, and always bear in mind that he who controls the narrative controls history.
Charlie White

kimberly.b.stone 07/04/21 16:00

America is the best idea that humankind ever came up with. Democracy. Freedom. Justice. Separation of powers.

America has fallen terribly short of that fine idea. But every day we have the chance to make it better.

Also, it's my birthday. Fireworks just for MEEEEE!.
Le Plus Beau Jour de Ma Vie

ceeceelee 07/04/21 15:46

We can celebrate the day, enjoy the good. But if the other 364 of those days aren't spent making sure that we defend that perfect/imperfect document, or gasp, try to improve upon it so that our voting rights aren't taken away enabling an authoritarian leader to take over, that judges are appointed of one party affiliation only, that all are truly treated equally from this day forward, we will end up like China or N. Korea or Russia or Serbia or...........this debate is on Fragrantica because an article was written about it on Fragrantica. Part of being a citizen of this great nation is not looking away when the hard stuff starts.
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mikemuscles21 07/04/21 15:35

Thankfully we are all able to post our opinions here! One of the many reasons to be thankful for living in free countries

emt1986 07/04/21 15:00

Happy Independence Day! With each passing year, may this great experiment in democracy grow closer to working for all its citizens <3

And may we all avoid our local emergency rooms ;-)
Jean-Louis Scherrer

SolangeN 07/04/21 14:54

Guys, please not on this site. Can't we have one nice thing?

Fragrantica, thank you for many years of fume joy! I wouldn't mind if the old format came back tho...

I will make the following political statements:

Red Door is the olfactory definition of old lady.

Shalimar reeks of loaded baby diaper.

Let the balloons pop!
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mikemuscles21 07/04/21 14:48

We can celebrate any country, but our countries and governments are far from perfect. Here we had Canada Day on the 1st. And while I love Canada, and appreciate everything our country provides, there are many tough pieces to swallow that I am not proud of. If you follow the Canadian news you can see how our government, along with the Catholic Church, murdered thousands of Indigenous children and damaged their culture within this past century. While we may have a lot to appreciate about our countries, I pray that our societies evolve and don't repeat the same awful mistakes made throughout history. In some cases amends need to be made.
Carpe Noctem
Nuit et Confidences

Carpe Noctem 07/04/21 14:47

I don’t understand Americans who don’t want to celebrate living here! No country is perfect nor will there ever be one-because they are all made up of fallible humans!

I could find reason to say “what’s to celebrate today?!” If I wanted to. My family came from Ireland and we all know how they were treated-as less than humans. Some kept in cages, some being spat upon. Degraded; humiliated, refused jobs and being made slaves.

I suppose the Germans living in Germany today could hate Germany because of what Hitler or their government did in the past too. Nonetheless, I will celebrate America today for all the good about it and the freedoms we cherish that people in countries like North Korea and China can not. No, America is not perfect, but it is truly wonderful and beautiful.

Lost~In~Scent 07/04/21 14:45

The US Constitution is only a bunch of statements written on old parchment until “We The People” actually live it, enforce it, embrace it. Jitterbug Perfume Lover is right. Read that constitution and see how “Indians” are referred to. You can’t pick and choose which parts to celebrate and which parts to ignore. I mean, you can and clearly we have, because just look at the anger in this nation. But it’s still the best nation on earth to live in, flaws and all, says this proud United States citizen. For now, anyway.
Rose Alexandrie

jeca 07/04/21 14:44

Michau, I am Russian by origin, now American and I celebrate what I want. Hope, I satisfied your curiosity.

michau 07/04/21 14:38

Jitterbug Perfume Lover - thanks for this angle, I was unaware of that, or simply looked at things from an European person's perspective.

My previous post has been deleted, as I assume it was uncomfortable for the editors. If there is comments section, let everyone share their opinion, not only the one you agree with. Especially that freedom of speech is one of the American pillars, isn't it? So let me repeat and rephrase:

- What is the purpose of this article? Who are you trying to please? Why such US-centrism?
- I lived in an assumption that this website is strictly profiled, and dedicated to fragrance. Not historicism, nor politics. Nor misintrepreted bs pride.
- By the way, can someone enlighten me what national pride or gay pride is? These are innate features, obtained at birth. I did nothing to gain them, so I have no reason whatsoever to pride for being Polish, gay or greeneyed. I can be produd of what I have achieved through work, not just being born with it.
- I believe founders of Fragrantica are of Serbian origin. Why there was no post on 15th Feb, Serbian national day? Or 11th Nov, Polish independence day? Or, say, Djibouti's national day?
- Either celebrate everyone's feasts the same or just leave this topic to other websites and stick to perfume and raw materials articles, which are so far enjoyable.

Thank you for attention. If this post will be deleted, you'll simply prove my point :)
Rose Alexandrie

jeca 07/04/21 14:12

The Constitution treats everyone equally. Read it. History of humankind is not kind, but we all look up and develop. This ability to morally grow is precious, and it is only possible in a free society, which we now celebrate.
Jitterbug Perfume Lover
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Jitterbug Perfume Lover 07/04/21 14:07

As an Indigenous woman, it's difficult to find a reason to celebrate today. The Constitution refers to me and my people as "merciless Indian savages" and considered us less than human. Settlers were paid $5 per head for each dead Indian, in order to steal our land.
To make matters worse, recently they discovered 1500 indigenous children dead and buried in mass graves at the "Indian Schools" in Canada (and I'm sure in the US as well - though they haven't been discovered yet) at the hands of the priests and nuns who were teaching the children how to be "American" by forcefully removing us from our homes and families, cutting our sacred braids, and preventing us from speaking our Native tongue; all in the name of colonization. Today isn't a celebration for all of us today and it certainly isn't a "happy" day.
Le Plus Beau Jour de Ma Vie

ceeceelee 07/04/21 13:56

How about "just be a decent human being to other human beings, regardless of race, creed or gender" ? When we can get there, that document will mean what it says. My dad grew up on the Tribal Land of the Cherokee Nation, he married an American woman who's parents had emigrated from Germany after WW2. I know my history, taught in U.S. schools and taught to me by my great granny, who was taken away from her family and put into a boarding school for "assimilation" by the power of the US Gov. She was used as labor for local white families "to be taught something other than farming and having babies that stayed on welfare that the white families paid for". She couldn't speak her native language under threat of a beating, her hair was cut, she was made "American". I learned my da's language, we spoke it privately but he was too ashamed to speak it publicly. I look as white as my ma, I'm half Cherokee. Who's the American? We all are. Lets start treating each other as such. I cannot believe that I am writing this on Fragrantica!
Bottega Veneta Pour Homme Parfum

mikemuscles21 07/04/21 13:37

Haha! You are so right! At least I wouldn't recommend fireworks indoors! Have fun and thank you for the laugh! Hope your celebration is great!
Rose Alexandrie

jeca 07/04/21 13:31

;o))) we can't do bbq and fireworks indoors, so we are fine ;o)))
Bottega Veneta Pour Homme Parfum

mikemuscles21 07/04/21 12:49

Happy 4th down there! I love ❤America. 🇺🇸

Have fun celebrating, just be careful of large groups indoors. You don't want to catch covid and loose your ability to smell perfume, or worse! 💀☠

Señorlancetti 07/04/21 12:20

God bless America! Stay unwoke and don’t drink Coca Cola!! 🇺🇸
Rose Alexandrie

jeca 07/04/21 12:11

In the time of rampant hypocrisy, surprisingly, almost every perfume commercial declares Independence, sovereignty of individual rights and we pretend that words have no meaning. They do, especially now. And we have something much better than silly perfume ads to follow, our Constitution! Celebrate! We have $0.16 to spend :-)
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ThatMakesScents 07/04/21 10:34

Learn to FREE your mind from being a SLAVE to mediocracy. THINK for yourself and fear NO GOVT. Only then shall you be FREE.

MistAgain 07/04/21 10:09

Happy Independence Day everyone! 🎆✨🇺🇸❤️ Thank you!

Atomikbomb_ 07/04/21 09:00

Happy 4th!! Everyone have a cold brew and wear something LOUD today 😂🥰🍻

Only if you feel like it, of course.

mother_love_bone 07/04/21 07:57

"We the People of the United States, in order to form a more perfect Union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provided for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America." -- The Preamble, U.S. Constitution (signed 1787; effective 1788; ratified by all Union states by 1791). Noteworthy is that the Constitution as originally signed and sent to Congress established the form and powers of the United States government, but neglected to limit those powers in relation to individual civil liberties! Hence, Amendments 1-10, also known as the "Bill of Rights," were added as a ratification compromise.

In the decade prior, the Articles of Confederation served as the U.S.'s first constitution (and provided little in the way of centralized government power, which is why the U.S. adopted a federalist system in 1787). July 4, 1776 ("Independence Day") marked the signing of the Declaration of Independence, the little document that set it all in motion. The origins of its language and philosophy are debated to this day, but many attribute its sentiment to that contained in Magna Carta (1215). The Declaration of Independence's Preamble reads:

"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."

This is the spirit of independence we celebrate today, almost 250 years later. Happy 4th!
Beth C

Beth C 07/04/21 07:56

Beautiful! Thank you Zoran and Elena for being willing to take so many risks to establish this fantastic site and come to the US. Happy 4th USA! 🇺🇸❤️
L'Ombre Des Merveilles

deb.martinez 07/04/21 07:42

Happy Independence Day! 4th of July! Love my country! Haters gonna hate. 🇺🇸🇺🇸
Japanese Cherry Blossom

Militza 07/04/21 07:04

Happy July 4th! Embrace the freedoms you gave and you have. In spite of our troubles we are a great country. Enjoy it!
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s801959 07/04/21 06:29

Dear Mrs. Elena Knezevic . When I look at any (really, any!) maps or globes, it is written only "The United States" on ...the United States" amd "America on the whole continent. 35 countries. It is not America's birthday, only the United states in the American continent celebrates its birthday today. I just wanted to clarify. It would have been great if any continent hada unique birthday, but unfortunately, this does not exist.
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fragrance2016 07/04/21 06:28

I'm a proud fragrant American, ,,,,,,,,,,,,and a small part of a proud multi fragrant world 😁

MIWBUTT 07/04/21 05:15

Pretty easy to guess what ideological persuasion would motivate those to be vitriolic towards immigrants who are appreciative of their host country. I guess they want immigrants to come to a country that they think is horrible… says something about what they think of immigrants.
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johngreenink 07/04/21 04:12

Zoka, Elena - I'm glad to know that the independent spirit enabled you to create this site. Hard work and imagination are the most important building blocks, you've made something great. Happy July 4 and Independence!

MIWBUTT 07/04/21 03:41

Absolutely mind-boggling the hate in comments. Happy Independence Day, Zoka and Elena!
Miss. l'amour! ❤️

Miss. l'amour! ❤️ 07/04/21 02:12

Happy 4th of July to everybody! 🎉🎆🎇
Joys of life

Joys of life 07/04/21 01:49

Happy Independence Day! I too am an immigrant to the United States and am so grateful for all the freedoms this country affords us. Especially freedom from the demands of other people, which I’ve come to see over time is really the most fundamental one. I am happy we can choose our own community and peacefully and voluntarily cooperate. Thanks to everyone involved in Fragrantica for creating this great gathering place ❤️
Carpe Noctem
Nuit et Confidences

Carpe Noctem 07/04/21 01:27

Also, Elena and Zoka, thank you very much for this wonderful site that has given me so much joy over the years! It's truly my favorite place on the web.
Carpe Noctem
Nuit et Confidences

Carpe Noctem 07/04/21 01:26

I love America, our freedoms and the very brave men and women who fought for an Independent nation against the British. And I thank the women and men who KEEP us free; THANK YOU!! And let's not forget-we do NOT live in a democracy. We live in a Republic, and I hope to continue doing so, as Ben Franklin said We live in Republic "If you can keep it". LET'S KEEP IT! HAPPY BIRTHDAY AMERICA-I LOVE YOU!!!

MsHeisenberg 07/03/21 23:57

Thank you and happy Independence Day to everyone!

beesknees 07/03/21 23:32

Independence? From whom - financial oligarchs sponsoring political parties or big tech? You must be kidding.
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jungirl 07/03/21 23:29

Independence Day is about sovereignty and the right to form an nation independent of England. Independence as a nation has allowed us to live out this fascinating experiment of the United States. Freedom from the laws of foreign monarchs and the implementation of democracy has created a model for the world.

However, I wish the concept of independence at an individual level would die. The American idea of rugged individualism may have served its purpose at one time, but we are more than ever before interdependent on one another for our survival, our precious freedom, and even for the future of democracy. I would like to celebrate Independence Day with the JFK inaugural address: "And so, my fellow Americans: ask not what your country can do for you — ask what you can do for your country. My fellow citizens of the world: ask not what America will do for you, but what together we can do for the freedom of man."
Light Blue Forever pour Homme

zoka 07/03/21 23:19

In June 2007, Elena and I were brainstorming various names for the project of perfume encyclopedia we were working on our home computer. I think that Elena said Fragrantica first, and I googled there were 0 results, and the domain was free. 26th of June, I made registration, and our website was under password accessible only to developers, which means Elena and me. As every developer of that time, I was under the strong influence of Guy Kawasaki and his book 'The Art of Start'. One of his advice is to lunch early and to iterate and improve with time. I remember, like yesterday, the excitement and that feeling of doing something life-changing. The early Internet was so romantic place people were starting blogs, websites claiming their stake in something new and wonderful, filling in things we need that do not exist. It was the 4th of July the Independence day, and I decided to log in to the server and remove the password. Only 5 people visited the website. Despite the humble beginning, we were in a state of mind knowing that we are building something we need for ourselves. In just a few years, our family migrated to the United States, and this country presented us with the opportunity to live our dream. I still get goosebumps reminding myself of the day we took the Oath and became citizens of this beautiful nation. It's an amazing feeling to be part of this human experiment. Our country is evolving and improving and all started as a prayer and our manifest of things we would like to become and the way we would like to live. That's how our life story and Fragrantica story fit into the 4th of July spirit of freedom and independence. The moment I opened the website for the public I wanted with all my heart to make it worth the symbolism that that represents. As a good omen, it follows us to this day.
Boss Bottled Absolute

Fragrantguy 07/03/21 22:53

Wow, nice to see some American pride in these far left, anti-american, woke times. Thank fragrantica! Happy 4th of July to you too!
Just Say Yes

OolongLaLa 07/03/21 22:46

This article doesn't mention gatherings or even celebrating the Fourth. She seems to be talking about independence as a virtue.

It's fine to honor an independent spirit. That, however, is not the same as being entirely self-absorbed. Independence is going to come in second place at times if you live amongst others in a society. I would think people who desire absolute independence would live rather reclusive lifestyles and folks who tout their independence wouldn't mind it so much when they don't see their attitudes and tastes reflected widely in our culture. Strangely, that doesn't always seem to be the case.

I hope everyone enjoys their Independence Day, however they choose to observe it. As a Southerner, my neighbors– the immediate ones and those across the city– will be setting off illegal fireworks all night so I don't even have to go to the riverfront for the show. LOL. I'll probably relax at home.
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jeca 07/03/21 22:24

Absolutely! Freedom is our birthright, and it is true for every nation. Happy Independence Day! 🇺🇸
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Coach Mac 07/03/21 22:15

We don't need "permission" to gather in large groups on the 4th of July....that "right" went into official action in 1791 with the ratification of The Bill of Rights. Happy Independence Day !!! (Gather together with family/friends to celebrate patriotism...)

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