Editor’s note: Fourth of July 2016

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America the beautiful is the land we all call home right now, for better or for worse. With the 2016 presidential elections well underway, we’ve had a lot of time this year to reflect on what it means to be an American and what ideals we want to embody. Of course, Fourth of July is for celebrating the majesty of the rolling waves of grain with a sunrise shotgun of an ice cold Budweiser America (please drink responsibly, folks), but we’re also at a crossroads in our history. We must decide whether to keep our country free and expand liberties to those who have been denied them or follow a path of xenophobia and bigotry.

This Fourth of July, the Clog brings you our special issue to not only show you where to get delicious food and how to watch the fireworks, but also to bring you thoughts from international students and American nationals on what Independence Day means to them. We will both remember our nation’s complicated history and tell you whether you are more hot dog or hamburger.

So enjoy our take on Fourth of July and stay free.

Peace, love and Clog.

Berkeley food perfect for the Fourth


Quiz: Are you more hot dog or hamburger?

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A lit Fourth of July playlist

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Team America: UC Berkeley students on the Fourth of July

USA flag America

Quiz: Are you an Alexander or an Aaron?


Berkeley fireworks hotspots


Sasha Ashall is the blog editor. Contact Sasha Ashall at [email protected].