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Happy Birthday USA!

In Updates on July 4, 2011 by triotriotrio

Wishing the USA a Happy Birthday!

This is my first Fourth of July in which I am not in the United States. There is a strange feeling that everyone along the streets doesn’t realize that this is an important day. To many, it is just another hot sticky summer day.

There is a great myth that the best the best Fourth of July parties in the world are held at American embassies and consulates across the world. This is a lie. At least it is a half-tale. There may have been a great party held at some point and time but I was firmly rebuffed by a spokesman at the Hong Kong Consulate “we are not a social club.”

Of all the holidays in the United States, the Fourth is the one that is a truly American holiday. Other countries have Memorial Days, Thanksgivings and Easters. But the Fourth is our day.

So Happy Birthday – sorry to miss it this year.

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