Celebrate July 4th with Pop Culture Icons that Promote Freedom, Justice, and Independence!

Celebrate Independence Day this weekend with your favorite Pop Culture Icons who exemplify all American values.

By Holly Mandziak

July 4th Justice League (Credit: Neal Adams, DC Comics

It’s July 4th weekend this weekend and we wanted to celebrate pop culture’s American heroes. Each one of these characters captures the feeling of America. They individually fought for freedom, justice, and independence.


Captain America – Marvel Comics

Captain America
Captain America is one of the world’s mightiest heroes. Once a soldier in World War II, Steve Rogers (A.K.A. Captain America) battles evil for the reward of freedom and justice for all.

Captain Marvel – Marvel Comics

Captain Marvel

Captain Marvel is one of the universe’s strongest heroes, putting herself between battle lines to protect the lives of others. She is a character who resembles the fight for independence and justice for all on Earth.

The Man with No Name – Dollars Trilogy

The Man with No Name

The Man with No name is a physical representation of strength, courageousness, and bravery. He is an icon for American values of the Wild West. (I don’t know much about these films to provide a pun).

Pocahontas – Pocahontas

Pocahontas is the spirit of America. Through her resilience, Pocahontas remains a character of peace, nature, and hope. She is more than her title of princess; she is a woman who exhibits what it means to be American.

Rocky Balboa – Rocky

Rocky Balboa

Cue the Rocky Theme you’ll feel as invincible as Rocky Balboa. Rocky, through all his films, captures the feeling of victory and pride. He is the American idol of perseverance and determination (regardless of the results against Apollo).


Angelica Schuyler – Hamilton

Angelica Schuyler

An accomplished woman in history, Angelica Schuyler fights for freedom in the United States. Her love of America and its ideals of freedom, justice, and liberty inspire her to excel. She is Schuyler sister who puts others in their place and represents America’s core values.


Captain James T. Kirk — Star Trek

Captain James T. Kirk

Born in Iowa, Captain James Tiberius Kirk’s daring, creativity and pioneering spirit took him far beyond the Heartland — and into history as a legendary explorer and the first Starfleet Academy cadet to defeat the Kobayashi Maru test.

Leslie Knope – Parks and Recreation

Leslie Knope

Leslie Knope loves Pawnee more than she loves herself. She is a strong political figure and a charismatic character who spends every waking hour caring for her county. Leslie is the American woman to inspire us all.

GI Joe – GI Joe A Real American Hero


Yo, Joe! The characters in the GI Joe universe fight for America and its promised freedoms and values.

Captain Malcolm Reynolds – Firefly

Captain Malcolm Reynolds

Captain Malcom ‘Mal’ Reynolds is a freedom fighter for liberty, justice, and equality. He is a patriot who, above all else, is a man of perseverance and true strength.

Mike, Will, Lucas, and Dustin – Stranger Things

Mike, Will, Lucas, and Dustin - Stranger Things

Mike, Will, Lucas, and Dustin are the small-town Indiana boys who happened to save the world (three times). The boys remind us to embrace our curiosity and intelligence; and not to let others underestimate you.

Who Are Your All-American Heroes in Pop Culture?

Happy July 4th from all of us here at Denver Pop Culture Con! This and every weekend, pop culture heroes help tell the story of who we are — and imagine an even better future.

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