The 94 greatest, quirkiest things about America

Finance Writer
Yahoo Finance

A new Yahoo Finance survey confirmed that Americans are split about the direction of the country. Similarly, a recent Gallup poll found that only 47% of Americans are extremely proud to be an American — a record low.

Although Americans may not be feeling particularly patriotic this Fourth of July, they nevertheless can identify lots of things that make the country unique and desirable. With additional contributions from the editorial team at Yahoo Finance, below is a list of things that make America both great and one-of-a-kind.

The greatest and quirkiest things about America

  • American cheese

  • American Cornhole League 

  • Backyard gardens

  • American barbecue sauce competition

    Behold, the barbecue sauces of Kansas City. (Image: Flickr/bk1bennett)
    Behold, the barbecue sauces of Kansas City. (Image: Flickr/bk1bennett)
  • Black and white cookies

  • Breakfast buffets

  • Chicago deep dish pizza

  • Cookie cake

    Mrs. Field’s makes a mean cookie cake.
    Mrs. Field’s makes a mean cookie cake.
  • Cream soda

  • Domino’s filling your potholes

  • Double cheeseburger

  • Electric scooters

  • Girl Scout cookies

  • Krispy Kreme Challenge

  • Lacrosse

  • Las Vegas food buffets

    The Carnival World Buffet at the Rio had just so much shrimp.
    The Carnival World Buffet at the Rio had just so much shrimp.
  • Mad River Glen ski mountain in Vermont (owned by skiers and still has a single chairlift)

  • March Madness

  • Pro-wrestling

  • Red cream soda

  • Rent Is Too Damn High Political Party

    Candidate Jimmy McMillan want you to know about the Rent is Too Damn High party. (Image: Flickr/David Shankbone)
    Candidate Jimmy McMillan want you to know about the Rent is Too Damn High party. (Image: Flickr/David Shankbone)
  • Shark Week

  • Summertime cookouts

  • Super Soakers

  • Triple cheeseburger

  • TV show reboots

  • Waffle House that never closes

    Diners eat at a Waffle House restaurant decorated for Valentine’s Day in Atlanta, Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
    Diners eat at a Waffle House restaurant decorated for Valentine’s Day in Atlanta, Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
  • World Cup 2026

  • American music and movies

  • Amazon

  • Apple’s iPhone

  • Baseball

  • Beyoncé

  • Broadway theatres

    Broadway! (Image: Flickr/Broadway Tour)
    Broadway! (Image: Flickr/Broadway Tour)
  • Bruce Springsteen

  • Capitalism

  • Cheesesteaks

  • Endless appeals system

  • Entrepreneurs, especially immigrant ones

  • First Amendment

    The Bill of Rights (Image: Wikimedia Commons)
    The Bill of Rights (Image: Wikimedia Commons)
  • Foodies

  • Ford F150 pickup truck

  • Ford Mustang

  • Freedom of speech

  • Freedom to pursue your dreams

  • French quarter in New Orleans

  • Friends‘ (TV show)

    “I’ll be there for you.” (Image: IMDB)
    “I’ll be there for you.” (Image: IMDB)
  • Gay marriage

  • Hot dogs and cheeseburgers

  • Inverse and leveraged ETFs

  • Kid sports (when the parents aren’t shouting)

  • Kids helping each other out

  • Levi’s

  • Long Island

  • Marvel Movies (Black Panther, Spiderman, Wonder Woman, X-Men)

  • Monster trucks

    Who doesn’t love monster trucks? (Image: Wikimedia Commons)
    Who doesn’t love monster trucks? (Image: Wikimedia Commons)
  • NASA and SpaceX

  • National parks

  • NBA games

  • New Jersey beaches

  • New York City

  • On-demand apps (food delivery, wine, laundry – you name it!)

  • Oprah Winfrey

    Billionaire media mogul Oprah Winfrey came from nothing. (John Phillips/John Phillips/Getty Images)
    Billionaire media mogul Oprah Winfrey came from nothing. (John Phillips/John Phillips/Getty Images)
  • Regional foods (Maine lobster, Maryland crab cakes, North Carolina biscuits and gravy)

  • Resiliency

  • Road trips

  • Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic

  • San Francisco restaurants

  • ‘Saturday Night Live’

    It’s Wayne’s World. Party time. Excellent. (Image: IMDB)
    It’s Wayne’s World. Party time. Excellent. (Image: IMDB)
  • Serena Williams

  • Silicon Valley

  • Snoop Dogg

  • Sparklers

  • ‘Star Trek’

  • ‘Star Wars’

  • Statue of Liberty

  • Streaming services for “cutting the cord”

  • Super Bowl

  • Tina Fey

  • That anyone can become an American no matter where they’re from

    Arnold Schwarzenegger was born in Austria. Then he became governor of California. (Image: Wikimedia Commons)
    Arnold Schwarzenegger was born in Austria. Then he became governor of California. (Image: Wikimedia Commons)
  • The Atlantic Ocean

  • The chance for anybody to become somebody

  • The Grand Canyon

  • The great American comeback story

  • The Mooch

  • The Pacific Ocean

  • The Phillie Phanatic

    Phillie Phanatic is trouble. (Image: Pixabay)
    Phillie Phanatic is trouble. (Image: Pixabay)
  • The Rio Grande

  • Voting rights

  • Warren Buffett

  • Whoopi Goldberg

  • William Faulkner

  • Young women with big plans

  • YouTube stars who rose from obscurity on their merit

Here’s what the Yahoo Finance team thinks makes America great.
Here’s what the Yahoo Finance team thinks makes America great.

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