Best 4th of July GIFs, Quotes, Memes, Images to Celebrate: 'You Look Like the Fourth of July'

As Fourth of July festivities get under way, Americans can also celebrate the day virtually by sharing messages, images and other Independence Day-themed posts via their social media channels.

Here we look at some GIFs, memes, quotes and images that can be shared to mark the day, including some that either reference or aim to encapsulate the phrase: "You Look Like the Fourth of July."

Those words were said by the Paulette Parcelle character (played by actress Jennifer Coolidge) in a scene of the 2003 film Legally Blonde 2: Red, White and Blonde.

It has since often been quoted on social media by those celebrating Independence Day. In the scene, Paulette tells Elle (the film's lead character played by Reese Witherspoon): "You look like the Fourth of July! Makes me want a hot dog real bad!"

You look like the FOURTH OF JULY! 🌭🌭🌭 | https://t.co/qZjtC1ERYd pic.twitter.com/PlQaT46PZl

— nordacious (@nordacious) July 1, 2021

July 4 GIFs and Memes

Several Twitter users have shared various GIFs and memes paying homage to the words said by Coolidge, such as one from user @laurajoellen who shared a GIF of the film scene where the lines were said.

The user shared the GIF in a reply to a post in April 2020 by author Stephen King asking: "What's your favorite movie line ever? I'm torn between 'We'll always have Paris' and 'You're gonna need a bigger boat.' (Quotes may or may not be exact.)."

“Oh my god, you look like the Fourth of July. It makes me want a hot dog real bad.” -Paulette, Legally Blonde 2 https://t.co/sKzERGNLIf pic.twitter.com/gs0ymPFjzh

— Laura Rusk (she/her) (@laurajoellen) April 15, 2020

The Twitter account of Future Female Leaders shared a meme showing a collage of both characters from the film, with the quote pictured at the bottom. The tweet has had over 300 likes since it was first shared.

This image of a baby wearing a July 4-themed outfit and sunglasses, tweeted by user @callielanejo, with the words: "Oh my God, you look like the Fourth of July...makes me want a hot dog real bad," has had over 2,400 likes since it was shared.

Giphy offers nearly 140,000 different GIFs themed around "You Look Like Fourth of July," according to its website.

Some of the ones on offer include various animated GIFs of explosive fireworks displays, retired professional wrestler Hulk Hogan playing a guitar against an American flag backdrop as well a cartoon of Uncle Sam dancing in an animated gif that reads "Dab for Freedom."

Gfycat also offers a host of GIFs themed around "You Look Like Fourth of July."

Some of the GIFs available include television host Stephen Colbert gesturing while wearing an American flag-themed scarf and gloves, while another shows the head of a bald eagle (the national bird of the U.S.) against a flag backdrop and the word "Freedom" flashing below it in bold lettering. Another GIF features the silhouette of the Statue of Liberty being showered with stars.

Users can access the embed codes for these gifs directly from both the Giphy and Gfycat websites.

July 4 Quotes

Here are some quotes themed around patriotism, freedom and equality from various public figures that could be shared on Independence Day.

"Freedom is not worth having if it does not include the freedom to make mistakes." — Mahatma Gandhi, social activist.

"The red and white and starry blue is freedom's shield and hope."—from The Stars and Stripes Forever march by John Philip Sousa, an American composer.

"The only real prison is fear, and the only real freedom is freedom from fear."—Aung San Suu Kyi, the former leader of Myanmar.

"I'd like to be remembered as a person who wanted to be free and wanted other people to be also free."—Rosa Parks, late civil rights activist.

"In the unlikely story that is America, there has never been anything false about hope."—Barack Obama, former president.

America is a country "that welcomes people to its shores. All kinds of people." —Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the later former U.S. Supreme Court Justice.

"Ask not what your country can do for you—ask what you can do for your country." —John F. Kennedy, late former president.

A 2016 July 4 parade in California.
A woman wearing a cheese costume waving from a float at the Fourth of July Parade in Alameda, California in 2016. Gabrielle Lurie/AFP via Getty Images

July 4 Images

WallpaperAccess offers at least 45 free Fourth of July high-definition wallpapers and backgrounds, which can be downloaded directly from its website.

Some of the images offered include several American flag-themed graphics and collages featuring fireworks displays and the Statue of Liberty.

Unsplash also has a host of "beautiful quality photos" of July 4 celebrations, including ones featuring fireworks, hot dogs, family and friends, "that capture the scene perfectly," the website says.

Some of the ones available include several fireworks displays, people wearing July 4-themed sunglasses and Independence Day-themed cakes and other foods. The free images can be downloaded directly from the website.

Users can also choose from nearly 700 free Independence Day-themed images on Pixabay. Images available include people holding American flags and several colorful shots of July 4-themed desserts and other table spreads. The images from Pixabay can also be downloaded directly from the website.

Fireworks in NYC on July 4, 2020.
A view of a fireworks display in New York City on July 4, 2019. Photo by Gotham/WireImage