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Happy Birthday America!

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The Fourth of July - a wonderful holiday in America! Throughout the nation, friends and family gather to celebrate our Independence Day. Those who regularly read me know I'm a great patriot. I've traveled to many countries throughout the world, but there's no other place I wish to call home. To me America is a beautiful and soulful nation, full of kind and generous people. I truly believe it remains a land of opportunity for those willing to work hard to pursue their dreams. Above all, I love America for her diverse landscapes, people and mentalities. I know some of my readers are Russian immigrants, now living in the States. Maybe you wish to share why you came to America and why you chose to stay.

I'll celebrate by playing hostess for a big celebration in my apartment, where family and friends will gather. We'll cook burgers and hot dogs on the grill, hang out at the pool, and end the evening on my balcony watching the grand display of fireworks over the Washington Monument and Capitol.

Maybe someday I'll journey to another country that will capture my heart in the way my homeland has. Until then, I'll continue to happily live here, in the nation I love. In the nation where a Mexican-American child can stand on the floor of a major televised sporting event in a mariachi outfit and sing the National Anthem to millions of viewers. Did some racists object to this? Absolutely. However, most Americans embraced him. He represents everything great about my country.  I suggest you Google his name, Sebastien De La Cruz, and read his story and response to the criticism. A remarkable kid!



I hope some of you will have the opportunity to be in the States one summer during the celebration. I think you would enjoy the festivities and atmosphere very much. For those celebrating in America and abroad, I wish you a fun and happy Fourth!

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Jul. 4th, 2013 01:03 am (UTC)
Happy Birthday America!
User kostyad referenced to your post from Happy Birthday America! saying: [...] Оригинал взят у в Happy Birthday America! [...]
sergey_usa
Jul. 4th, 2013 02:39 am (UTC)
I just got bored of my life in Russia and decided to change something. Came as an exchange student, and decided to stay longer. First, went to a language school to study English, then transferred to a college, then another one, and then got a good job. Getting bored again though :)
sergey_usa
Jul. 4th, 2013 02:39 am (UTC)
Oh yeah, and happy 4th of July to you as well!
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wojzeh
Jul. 4th, 2013 03:05 am (UTC)
Good save America!
peacetraveler22
Jul. 4th, 2013 01:25 pm (UTC)
Indeed!
mybathroom
Jul. 4th, 2013 04:16 am (UTC)
Shannon,
Happy Independence Day!

Have a nice day!
peacetraveler22
Jul. 4th, 2013 01:26 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Denis! You would enjoy the celebration here. :)
new_forester
Jul. 4th, 2013 05:42 am (UTC)
Well, you ask, "why you came to America and why you chose to stay?"
And I answer, "I truly believe it remains a land of opportunity for those willing to work hard to pursue their dreams."
peacetraveler22
Jul. 4th, 2013 01:27 pm (UTC)
You're living proof of this! And many of my friends also. I know you're proud to call yourself an American, so I wish you and your family a wonderful Fourth!
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Jul. 4th, 2013 05:44 am (UTC)
Happy Birthday America!
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Jul. 4th, 2013 06:36 am (UTC)
4 июля - День Независимости США
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habarforever
Jul. 4th, 2013 07:07 am (UTC)
Hurrey
Yi, Shannon! Happy Independence Day!
peacetraveler22
Jul. 4th, 2013 01:27 pm (UTC)
Re: Hurrey
Hello! Thanks for well wishes. It will be a fun day!
Alex Winter
Jul. 4th, 2013 07:24 am (UTC)
Вы праздники свои любите или они вам надоели? У нас такое постоянство только при СССР было. Постоянно что-то меняется, появляются новые праздники и знаменательные дни, к которым ничего не чувствуешь, потому что не успел ещё привыкнуть. День независимости непонятно от кого, ну разве что от диктата кпсс, рождество - искусственно возрождённый праздник, кругом слишком много атеистов. Единтвенный чёткий праздник - Новый Год, да и от того начинаешь уставать ещё до его наступления, потому что коммерсанты вовсю начинают готовиться к нему в ноябре.
peacetraveler22
Jul. 4th, 2013 01:30 pm (UTC)
Our main holidays in America have remained the same for several centuries. :) I like the patriotic ones the best because they really mean something to me - Fourth of July and Memorial Day (when we honor military). So I don't get bored and enjoy them very much. :)

Edited at 2013-07-04 02:05 pm (UTC)
llueve
Jul. 4th, 2013 07:41 am (UTC)
Boy sings so so perfect.
I envy you :) it is nice to have such day and celebrate it with open heart

Edited at 2013-07-04 07:41 am (UTC)
peacetraveler22
Jul. 4th, 2013 01:30 pm (UTC)
This boy has a remarkable spirit! Btw, how was your trip to Greece?
dubai100
Jul. 4th, 2013 09:37 am (UTC)
Have a fun and happy Fourth!
peacetraveler22
Jul. 4th, 2013 01:30 pm (UTC)
Many thanks!
shoh_toh
Jul. 4th, 2013 10:48 am (UTC)
Happy Birthday!
Happy holiday!
(-;
peacetraveler22
Jul. 4th, 2013 01:31 pm (UTC)
Спасибо!
(Anonymous)
Jul. 4th, 2013 10:57 am (UTC)
America..Land that I love..
I still believe that this great country gives us opportunities to do Great things even through struggles and bad times.People still believe. Kelly Philipps-Made in America★★
peacetraveler22
Jul. 4th, 2013 01:32 pm (UTC)
Re: America..Land that I love..
Hi Kelly! I hope you, Jim and the girls have a great day. I know they always find a way to have fun. :)
anna_potapov
Jul. 4th, 2013 02:56 pm (UTC)
Happy Holiday !:)
peacetraveler22
Jul. 4th, 2013 03:05 pm (UTC)
Hi Anna, thanks!
anna_sollanna
Jul. 4th, 2013 03:36 pm (UTC)
Shannon,
Happy Independence Day and joyful celebration!!!
PS In fact I was not surprised at all that a Mexican-American boy had sung the American anthem but as I looked for more information about this event as you advised I was stricken by the plenty of negative comment on this… But Sebastien seemed to me to be very smart and talented boy and I wish him luck in his future singer career!
peacetraveler22
Jul. 4th, 2013 07:49 pm (UTC)
Yes, very smart and talented boy! He was a contestant on a reality TV show called "America's Got Talent" and became famous after that. Maybe you have a similar show in Russia? I know about the Eurovision song contest.
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