Sure looks that way. http://www.cnsnews.com/ThisHour.asp#Less%20Than%20Half%20of%20Americans%20Celebrate%20Nation's%20Independence%20on%20July%204th Less Than Half of Americans Celebrate Nation's Independence on July 4th (CNSNews.com) - A recent survey found that only 48 percent of Americans cite independence as the top reason for the 4th of July holiday. Zogby International polled 1,884 people on June 28 to 29. It found that 33 percent of respondents see the holiday as an opportunity to spend time with friend and family, while 6 percent see it as a day off from work, and 2 percent see it as a break from the routine to allow some summer travel. Along party lines, 65 percent of Republicans polled say they use the holiday to celebrate America's independence from England, while 30 percent of Democrats said the same. Almost half of Independents agreed. Fifty-five percent of men celebrate the nation's independence on the Fourth of July, compared to 42 percent of women. Fifty-five percent of people age 65 and older specifically celebrate the nation's independence, while just 40 percent of 18-29-year-olds agreed. Meanwhile, 77 percent of those polled said they would not favor moving the holiday to the first Monday of the month to make it easier to coordinate time off from work, the way some other holidays are treated. About 80 percent say celebrating the Fourth of July on any other day would take away from its meaning. With the rising cost of gas, 78 percent of respondents say they do not plan to travel very far, but most say they cost of gas will have no impact on their decision not to travel.