While on vacation for the Fourth of July, late-night host Stephen Colbert invited his followers to share their "brush with #AmericanGreatness."
"American greatness" was never defined, but Colbert shared his visit to the home of renowned poet and writer Carl Sandburg in North Carolina to kick things off.
Carl Sandburg House, Flat Rock, NC- Traveling this 4th wknd? Share your brush with #AmericanGreatness https://t.co/IDqkrShlOO— Stephen Colbert (@Stephen Colbert) 1498931097.0
From sea to shining sea, thousands of fans replied to Colbert, sharing their holiday plans and examples of American greatness.
Users shared all kinds of landmarks, food, photos of their loved ones, natural wonders, and more worth celebrating on America's birthday. Here are just some of the tweets from the awe-inspiring list.
Whether you're in a big, bustling city or a small, quiet town...
. @StephenAtHome #AmericanGreatness sunset on Lake of the Ozarks https://t.co/eH0KTLU7d7— lissa.behm.morawitz (@lissa.behm.morawitz) 1499052510.0
...you are never far from American greatness.
@StephenAtHome The birthplace of Booker T. Washington #AmericanGreatness https://t.co/sd3MHJBNpC— Chris V. Brown (@Chris V. Brown) 1499050964.0
There were crystal clear waters...
@StephenAtHome #AmericanGreatness sunset from the North Ferry, Shelter Island, NY https://t.co/TVn5eUSIQ6— nathan churchill (@nathan churchill) 1499087675.0
...and breathtaking views.
@StephenAtHome Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, upper peninsula of Michigan #AmericanGreatness https://t.co/VtEYcqjRb6— Erin Cowan (@Erin Cowan) 1499087499.0
Some celebrated with their patriotic kiddos.
@StephenAtHome Headed to cousin's pool party. #AmericanGreatness https://t.co/qHQb3hfMLL— Justin Hoffman (@Justin Hoffman) 1499084670.0
Some shared greatness with the next generation, charged to build and protect it.
@StephenAtHome Manzanita, Oregon Coast #AmericanGreatness https://t.co/mFWBWUHlco— Ryan Harvey (@Ryan Harvey) 1499055449.0
Lots of people took in America's rich history and culture museums...
...and stunning historical markers.
@StephenAtHome We took these kids - all first-generation Americans - to Yorktown to learn about our fight for indep… https://t.co/aGZAjq3N2l— Shannon (@Shannon) 1499077365.0
These are the places where dreams take shape...
...and take flight.
@StephenAtHome Shooting for the stars at NASA. #AmericanGreatness https://t.co/oQ7f4mnGU8— Fred (@Fred) 1499083014.0
To say nothing of this giant ice cream cone, which is great in its own kind of way.
#AmericanGreatness Giant #iceCreamCone food vendor at #NCFleaMarket #RaleighNC #andBeautifulCarolinaBlueSkies… https://t.co/9od88I4Azw— Courtney Luhv (@Courtney Luhv) 1499057330.0
Others preferred to get outdoors to take in some of nature's bounty.
@StephenAtHome Dab to the beautiful Hurricane Ridge, in the very scenic @OlympicNational Park. #AmericanGreatness… https://t.co/5pkTF6z3fw— Chandra Chivukula (@Chandra Chivukula) 1499062766.0
And celebrate the wide open spaces that make this country so beautiful.
@StephenAtHome Checking out the Grand Canyon with my mom and the rest of my family. #AmericanGreatness https://t.co/9ZLXrgUCjo— Owais (@Owais) 1499077153.0
Not everyone has the weekend off, but like these hardworking folks, greatness doesn't take a vacation.
@StephenAtHome science is real in Iowa City. #AmericanGreatness https://t.co/CeQ1xnmblt— Katie 'this is my lane' Harmoney (@Katie 'this is my lane' Harmoney) 1499065033.0
But it wouldn't be America's birthday without barbecue...
@StephenAtHome In Royal Oak for the Michigan Rib Fest #AmericanGreatness @StephenAtHome https://t.co/IO4zR3eaoQ— kristina canady (@kristina canady) 1499080920.0
...sweet, sweet, barbecue.
@StephenAtHome Killen's BBQ in Pearland, TX. #AmericanGreatness @killensbbq https://t.co/IjgNRwYUhg— Mitch Homie Quan (@Mitch Homie Quan) 1499024348.0
Or fireworks. Can't forget fireworks.
@StephenAtHome Lawton, Ok...Hope and Ahhh! @kacy_popham #AmericanGreatness https://t.co/RkYNye2hOq— Karie Carpenter (@Karie Carpenter) 1499088256.0
But ultimately, American greatness is in each and every one of us.
Those who work hard, compromise, believe in better, and support people who need it. That's a promise we can all live up to. We must.
This post was updated 12/12/2017.