Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Red, White and Blue Patriotism

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Red, White and Blue Patriotism

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Byline: Kristy Muir

IF YOU have never experienced Independence Day in the US, you are missing out.

One thing the Yanks know how to do is celebrate.

And the Fourth of July national holiday is like nothing you have ever seen before.

Streets are lined with patriotic displays of flags, blue, white and red cakes, streamers, balloons and hats, as well as pictures of Uncle Sam and of course, the Obama family.

There are parades, fireworks, sporting matches and carnivals to keep the festivities going.

Unlike Australia Day which for some people has turned into an alcohol-binge session, the US Independence Day is all about family.

For Americans, the day is about commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, declaring independence from the Kingdom of Great Britain (now known as the United Kingdom).

For me, Fourth of July was all about new friends and experiencing something new.

I spent the day and night in Seattle with a group of backpackers from all over the world, none of whom was actually from the US. …

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