By Adele Hampton and Debbie Siegelbaum - 07/04/12 01:41 PM EDT
GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney celebrated the Fourth of July with a new video Wednesday promising that "America's greatest days are yet ahead."
"There was a time — not so long ago — when each of us could walk a little taller and stand a little straighter because we had a gift that no one else in the world shared," Romney says in the video. "We were Americans. We knew it without question. And so did the world. Those days are coming back. That’s our destiny.
The new Web video, uploaded to YouTube Wednesday, features Romney's remarks from a June stump speech during a campaign stop in Stratham, N.H., praising America's heartland and middle class.
In a statement released Wednesday, Romney called on Americans to remember that Independence Day is more than just barbeques and sparklers.
“Today we celebrate 236 years of the world's greatest design for liberty and self-government,” he wrote.
“As we gather to enjoy food and fireworks, let us also take a moment to pay tribute to the patriots who signed the Declaration of Independence — and the brave men and women who have fought to protect our freedoms through every generation that has followed,” Romney added.
“With so many around the world still consigned to tyranny, the Fourth of July is a time to appreciate the blessing of liberty and be thankful that we are Americans.”
In addition to spending the holiday with his family at his New Hampshire vacation home, Romney will march in a July 4 parade alongside Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.) in her home state.
Ayotte has been mentioned as a possible running mate for Romney and has campaigned on the stump with him before.