Happy Fourth of July!

Monday, July 4, 2011

Today is a holiday in the USA, our Independence Day, usually known as the Fourth of July. It’s one of the best days of the summer in my opinion, celebrated with parades, picnics, barbecues, concerts, family reunions, carnivals, patriotic songs, and fireworks! This is the day to get out your red, white and blue decorations and clothes (the colors of the American flag) to display your national pride. It's also about summer fun. This week begins one of the busiest travel periods in the USA with many people embarking on their summer vacations, taking advantage of the extra holiday off.

On this day in 1776, the United States declared its independence from Great Britain with the adoption of the Declaration of Independence. The thousands of spectacular fireworks shows all over the country tonight represent the “rocket’s red glare and bombs bursting in air” from our battle against Britain as sung in our National Anthem.

Today I’m doing those exact things: barbecue, family, red, white and blue, fireworks. When is Independence Day in your country and what are your traditions?

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