My son-in-law, Roland, became a citizen in 2008. He is Hungarian from Venezuela. Go figure. He and my daughter met in college and were married years later. It took him 13 years to become a citizen and jump through all of the hoops. He does not take his citizenship for granted.
So as you fire up the grill today and rejoice in the patriotic music and skies full of fireworks, take a few minutes to think of the blessings you have, just by virtue of having been born here. Happy birthday, USA! May we find a way to live up to the "idea" of you.