(To be sung to the tune of “America” from West Side Story by Leonard Bernstein)
Hundred Great Things in America!
Even more great in America!
Count all the good in America!
You like to be in America!
Yes, folks, the 4th of July means it’s time for Fortune’s own summer holiday ritual: Our annual 100 Great Things about America. This is our fifth year running the list, and just to remind you, our only rules are: 1) entries must be American, 2) said entries must be living, and 3) said entries must not be repeats from a previous year.
To paraphrase the late, great Casey Kasem (who now, sadly, can’t be on our list), we are counting up to 1,000, which of course we will hit in another five years. So, in a sense, this year’s list is not just 100 Great Things, the 2014 edition, but also Nos. 400 through 500 as a part of a decade-long project. As they say in the 2010 movie Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole, a film that will surely never make this list, “We’re halfway there!”
So get a load of:
PBR and Burning Man,
Turbo Tax and Brooklyn, the Brand.
Alaska and Spray Cheese,
And, of course, the World Series.
Frozen and the Happy Meal,
And yes, that’s how Pharrell feels.
Please enjoy the summer, and enjoy 100 Great Things about America (use the list in the top left to click and scroll through all 100). See you next year, same time, same place, with 100 more….
—Andy Serwer, managing editor
Interactive graphic by Analee Kasudia; Reporting and research by Fortune Intern Class of 2014: Cameron Chisholm, Shalene Gupta, Alexandra Mondalek, Akosua Nyantakyi, Jake Turtel, and Preetisha Sen