Thank you for your votes! Our poll is now closed, and our media team is heading to New York's Statue of Liberty to get responses to the question, "What does it mean to be an American?"

What does it mean to be an American?

That's the question will be asking as part of a special section marking this year’s July 4 holiday, the 230th anniversary of the day the Declaration of Independence was adopted by the Continental Congress.

And what better place to ask that question than at the place Americans think best represents the United States?

Yes, in the next couple of weeks will be sending a multimedia team to the place you have voted for to ask citizens what America means to them. And later this month we will present your responses in a special photo-audio presentation.

So what location do you think is best?

  • Is it the Statue of Liberty, the symbol of freedom located in New York Harbor that has welcomed millions of immigrants to these shores?
  • Or is it a place directly associated with the battle for independence, such as the monuments along Boston’s Freedom Trail, considered by many to be the cradle of the American Revolution?
  • Or is it a symbol from the natural world, such as the magnificent Grand Canyon that cuts through northern Arizona?
  • Or is it a more up-to-date American icon like Disney World, whose storied acres attract millions of domestic and foreign tourists each year and represent the nation’s creativity and enterprise.

Or is it one of six other places on our list? It’s your choice! Look at the 10 pictures and read the captions in our special slide show, then use our electronic ballot to vote for the place you think best represents America.

We’ll publish the results in a week or so — and then our reporting team will be heading to the place you have chosen.

Hey, we may even meet you there!

Go to the slide show at the top of this page — and vote!

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