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Happy 4th of July!
July 4, 2010, 9:27 am
Filed under: USA

Happy 4th of July, everyone! It is so nice to be in the United States, and at home, for this holiday. Last year I was in Bangladesh. I find that I appreciate US holidays so much more now that I’ve traveled abroad. I’ve been around so many different cultures and holidays and rituals in the past two years that when an American one rolls around I can happily think ‘this one is MINE.’

For those of you that read this blog that aren’t American, 4th of July, or Independence Day, is a day where we celebrate our sovereignty from Great Britain and the adoption of our ‘Declaration of Independence,’ which was signed on July 4th, 1776. It’s a day where we commemorate ‘all things American’- we wave American flags, have American flag themed plates and cups and decorations- usually family or friends get together for a big cook-out, which can comprise of American food like hot dogs, hamburgers, and chips– usually Americans then go and see a 4th of July parade, where they camp out on lawn chairs and watch people walking by dressed up in Independence Day attire- and then finally at night time, people gather in hordes (usually on lawns) to watch spectacular fireworks, all over the United States.

And so today, my family is going all out, true American style. I’m so happy that I’m home with family for the 4th of July- just like old times. All four of my brother and sisters are home; my parents are grilling hot dogs, cheeseburgers, sausage peppers and onions (a family recipe- yes, my parents will not be eating these as they are vegan, they also made rice and black beans), brie and guacamole and chips– we are all having friends over for a big cook-out, followed by a few hours of comatose lounging while we digest everything- and then off to the beach to see fireworks.

I am proud to be American today. Let the celebrations commence!

Much love and happy 4th,

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