Thirteen years have passed and America is still scorned by the unfortunate events that took place on September 11, 2001. Yes, American citizens should shed light on the tragic event and pay respect to the innocent individuals that lost their lives in the attack, but it is also important that we as Americans celebrate the importance of loving and appreciating our country.

Stop with the 9/11 conspiracies for a day and use today to remember the people we lost in the fire and their families that have suffered from the loss of a loved one. Also, to avoid to being a reminder of misfortune, reflect on the quirks and perks that add to our love for the red, white and blue.

Flip through the pages to check out 11 lighthearted reasons to be a proud American.

Photo Credit(s): Getty Images


We have some die hard patriots who have no shame in loving their country out loud.

Independence Day

We have an awesome holiday called Independence Day where, in addition to celebrating America's birthday, drinking and fireworks are the main event.

Blessed and fortunate

America is a pretty abundant place. We have the means to move forward and give back to the less fortunate.

Everything is convenient

On a lighthearted note, if you're hungry at 4 a.m., you 're guaranteed to find something to eat. America is home to the most fast food restaurants in the world.

Change is reoccuring

The civil rights movement happened only about 60 years ago and now we have a black president. While it's not a bandaid to fix the nation's race problems, it's a step in the right direction.


America is one of the most ethnically diverse nations in the world. Regardless of the varying stances on immigration, a large percentage of our families came from other countries and made this nation the colorful land that it is today.


Most countries only have one national sport, the U.S has three: Baseball, football, basketball (and sometimes hockey).


Thanks to our point on diversity, there is so much to choose from. America is one of a handful of countries where a Mexican restaurant, Italian restaurant and Indian restaurant are feet away from each other.

Reality TV

When you just want to clear your mind of all seriousness, the U.S. is home to some of the greatest ratchet television to ever grace the entertainment world i.e: The Real World, Basketball Wives, Real Housewives of Atlanta etc.


We celebrate a lot of holidays that are not limited to certain religions.

Celebrities and Icons

America is home to some of the most famous people to ever make it to Hollywood. Artists, musicians and actors provide us with products of their craft to take our minds away from the things that cause us grief.