There will be barbecues, parades, and lots of fireworks this weekend. If you're looking for stories of awesome Americans, every July 4th the philanthropic foundation Carnegie Corporation of New York honors Great Immigrants. This year 42 amazing Americans were honored with this award. These judges, educators, journalists, and more are truly inspiring citizens. To hear some of their stories, you can follow the #greatimmigrants hashtag on Twitter and Facebook.
Also, there are so many impressive memoirs and biographies of new immigrants - I myself am in the middle of reading Spare Parts: Four Mexican American Teenagers, One Ugly Robot, and the Battle for the American Dream by Joshua Davis, which the Little Boston book group is reading in October this year. I'm having a hard time putting it down. (For a shorter version, see the article from Wired.) For more reads on illustrious immigrants, New York Public Library has fantastic booklists about the immigrant experience with reading suggestions for kids, teens, and grown-ups. Check them out!