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Happy 4th of July from GradTrain!

Birthdays are always cause for celebration in American culture. But when it’s America’s birthday, it is an extra special party. On the 241st birthday of The United States of America, GradTrain takes a look at how people in the United States celebrate.
The Fourth of July, or Independence Day, celebrates the signing of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. Since John Hancock famously signed his name first in Philadelphia all those years ago, the holiday known simply as “The Fourth” has taken on a life of its own.

Depending on where you are in the States, you may enjoy different delicacies to celebrate the holiday. In Texas and other Southern states, barbecues are common. Whether it’s Carolina vinegar, Memphis dry-rub, or Texas hickory smoked, the meats served on Independence Day are sure to satisfy. In the Mid-Atlantic, seafood is typically the main course of choice. In Maryland, Chesapeake blue crabs are a staple. No matter where you go throughout all fifty states, you are bound to find some apple pie!

Although the cuisine varies regionally, there are a few things that are ubiquitous. Fireworks always light up the night sky all across America on The Fourth. On July 4th 2015, the nation set off 285.3 million pounds of fireworks (American Pyrotechnic Association). It is also almost impossible to get through a July 4th without hearing renditions of “Yankee Doodle” or “God Bless America” and of course “The Star Spangled Banner.”

The Fourth of July is a time for all people in America to come together. The United States of America is a land of immigrants and it is one of the most diverse nations in the world. Although the political climate may be divided, July 4th is the one date every year where everybody in the country can enjoy each other’s company. Citizens, immigrants, international students, and tourists alike, can bask in the summer fun and celebrate.

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