Well, kids, it's been a rough one, but America has made it to another birthday. This is the one shining day out of the year when neighbors can comfortably put politics aside, share a frosty beverage and take comfort in the knowledge that despite our differences, we're all lucky to let freedom ring and call this stretch of the planet home.

While we'll be taking it easy for the day, we'll also be sure to keep you up to date with the most pressing news. You know, in case any of you out there are chained to a desk instead of enjoying someone else's boat. It's the American way.

Happy Independence Day from all of us at Autoblog.