A thought that comes to mind is how the United States and it's freedom mirrors the free will that God gives us as humans (He loves us so much that we can chose right or wrong... He will not force us to do so). Maybe this is why the template of freedom has worked so well as a model for a country to follow.
"I have set before you life and death, the blessing and the curse. Choose life, then, that you and your descendants may live, by loving the LORD, your God, heeding his voice, and holding fast to him."
God bless the U.S.A. and thanksgiving for our freedoms that we have!
Below is a sequence of images to put into perspective the scale of our country on this 4th of July. The first image is where I spent my 4th of July: The classic all-American town of Winfield, IA.
Looking East on the town of Winfield, IA where I spent my 4th of July.
Looking East on the town of Windfield, IA where I spend my 4th of July.
Looking East over the state of Iowa.
Looking East over the state of Iowa with the Mississippi river valley coming into view (top of the picture near Burlington, IA).
Looking Easterly over the states of Iowa and Illinois.
Looking more North-easterly into the state of Illinois with Missouri, Iowa, Minnesota, and South Dakota sneaking into view.
Looking at the Midwest with the Great Lakes coming into view (the view is West in the bottom-left corner, and East in the top-right corner of the image).
And a view of the path taken thus far.
And finally a view of God's country on this 4th of July.