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U.S. Independence Day

Symbol of freedom and patriotism

mardi 1er juillet 2008 | Nivo T. A.
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Such parade will be seen during the Independance day celebrations in USA.

The United States celebrates its 232nd birthday, this Friday, the Fourth of July. It is a day of patriotic and family events throughout the country. In the words of Founding Father John Adams, the holiday is “the great anniversary festival. It ought to be commemorated as the day of deliverance ; It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations, from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward forever more”. Independence Day is a symbol of freedom and is marked by patriotic displays.

The American nationals in all over the world commemorate this national holiday. So do those who live in Madagascar. Every year, the U.S. Embassy organizes official celebrations by inviting U.S. nationals, Malagasy officials, as well as the members of the International Community, at the residence of the US Ambassador Niels Marquardt, in Ambaranjana.

Family celebration

The Fourth of July is a family celebration in the Unite States of America. Families often mark Independence Day with a picnic or barbecue, and take advantage of the day off and in some years, long weekend to gather with relatives. Decorations such as streamers, balloons, and clothing are generally colored red, white, and blue, the colors of the American flag. Parades often are in the morning, while fireworks displays occur in the evening at such places as parks, fairgrounds, or town squares.

July is summer in USA, and millions of Americans escape the heat at beaches and other vacation spots.

It is also commonly associated with fireworks like in our country during the celebration of 26th of June, last week. Firework shows are held in many states, and many fireworks are sold for personal use or as an alternative to a public show.

U.S. Independence Day fireworks are often accompanied by patriotic songs such as the national anthem (« The Star-Spangled Banner »), « God Bless America », « America the Beautiful », « My Country », « Tis of Thee », « This Land Is Your Land », « Stars and Stripes Forever », and regionally, « Yankee Doodle » in north-eastern states and « Dixie » in southern states.

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