July 4

100 great things about America

July 3, 2013: 5:00 AM ET

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26. Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade
If those oversized balloons don't fill you with nostalgic joy, you might want to check your pulse.


27. The Amish
No TVs. No Apple products. No electricity. And yet they thrive. Fascinating.

28. Billy Joel
Long Island's piano man.

29. Harlem Shake
How do they do that?


30. Muhammad Ali
He floated like a butterfly and stung like a bee.

31. The Price is Right
A show so great, not even Drew Carey can mess it up.

<> on March 12, 2012 in Studio City, California.

32. Mall of America
America's real national cathedral.

33. The Wizard of Oz
Brilliant as musical, as camp, as metaphor for the Gold Standard.


34. Fallingwater House
Time Magazine couldn't have described it more succinctly in 1938, calling it "Wright's most beautiful job."

35. Chicken and waffles
Is it breakfast? Is it dinner? Who cares. It's one of the finest gifts the South has given us.


36. OK Cupid/Online dating
Helping you find "true love" at the click of a mouse.

37. The Federal Reserve
Keeper of our currency, and trusty steward through the latest economic malaise.


38. Stan Lee/Marvel
Never have more freaks and geeks -- and billions of dollars -- come from the mind of one man

39. Buffalo wings
Add beer and sports, and you have the American Holy Trinity.


40. Cotton Candy
Sugar, air, and coloring come together to give you your childhood back.

41. Selfies
Taking self-absorption to a whole new level.

42. Long Island Iced Tea
What's more American than every single kind of liquor thrown together?

43. The Coen Brothers
Name a bad Coen brothers' movie. Go ahead, we'll wait.


44. Post-its
Making you look busy at work since 1968.


45. Little League
No agents, no egos, no steroids – the pastime at its purest.

46. The Jersey Shore boardwalk
Snooki and Chris Christie can agree, this iconic summer destination will surely bounce back after Hurricane Sandy.


47. Beer pong
At Dartmouth, they play it with paddles. In the Northeast, some call it Beirut. But regardless, we all know how this thing works.

48. Doritos Locos tacos
A veritable job creator. Number of American jobs generated by the tacos in the past year: 15,000.

49. Southern hospitality
"I have always depended on the kindness of strangers." -- Blanche DuBois

50. The New York Times Crossword
Can anyone actually finish these?


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