It is the cornerstone of our democracy... over 200 years ago, breaking away from Britain's rule.
The Boston Tea Party.
Paul Revere's famous ride.
General George Washington leading our nation to victory in the late 1700's.
John Hancock so famously signing his name as large as he could for all to see.
I couldn't imagine all of the turmoil and strife going on between the two countries during those tumultuous times.
Nowadays, we have July 4th in the United States as one of those holidays that is seen as the "unofficial beginning of summer" ... even though that actually happened a few weeks into June already.
I'm amazed at how many picnics, how many hot dogs, hamburgers, potato salads, desserts, and fireworks that are a part of this very historic day. It is pretty crazy if you really think about it.
Recently, I had a British Student Teacher in my room for a few weeks, and it was a great experience for both of us. I was amazed at the amount of knowledge that he had about our country, and the sense of friendship was very evident.
200 years will do that, you know. What happened way back then... is a distant memory.
So therein lies my question (which I never had a chance to ask him, by the way, but am 100% sure I know the answer)....
"Does the United Kingdom (Great Britain) have the 4th of July or not?"
The answer should be simple:
Of course they do!!!
"What?" you ask in disbelief. "How are you 100% sure... even though you didn't even ask him when he was here????"
Well, think about it.
They have July 1st, 2nd, and 3rd.
Why wouldn't they have the 4th?
< Long pause >
Notice in the question it never says... "celebrate" the 4th of July.
Did I trick you? Be honest... I bet I did... maybe I didn't.
At any rate, I'm sure that England is very aware of our customs, and I have first hand proof of how awesome they are.
As a 2nd grade teacher, I thought that I'd try to give you a little "trick question" that you could share around the pool... or the picnic table... or wherever you're "celebrating" the 4th of July...otherwise known as Independence Day. Try to get someone if you can.
Stay humble, though, United States...it's a good trait to have in many areas of your life, and this one especially.
Don't forget, the world is watching.