In a sea of red, white and blue at Nats Park Thursday, fans show their independence to sport the nations colors in creative ways.
But it's not just a celebration of baseball or America's birthday. It's a celebration of freedom and that comes from the top - the highest ranking officer in the Armed Forces, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Martin Dempsey singing the national anthem.
In the crowd, Army specialist Guny Aragon, injured while fighting in Afghanistan last year, showing his patriotism here in Washington while his thoughts are with his fellow service members.
“There are a lot of soldiers still out there. I know my cousins family and a lot of my Army brothers are still out there fighting for us, for our freedom,” he says.
Those reminders are everywhere, from a pre-game drill corps to wounded warriors on the field to the debut of a patriotic song from singer Neil Diamond.
Diamond took part of the game before performing at the capitol Thursday night with, among others, country crooner Scotty McCreery.
“Baseballs America's pastime and D.C.'s our capital so this is pretty much the epitome of America right here right here we're standing in it,” McCreery says.