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Citizens of every country in the world have a special day when they celebrate their nation’s independence, or the day their nation became autonomous. In the U.S., that day is the Fourth of July, the day the U.S. declared it’s independence from British rule.
The Fourth of July is mostly a day for families to spend time together, eat good food and watch the parades and fireworks.
Listen to Kevin and Amanda talk about their Fourth of July plans.
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2. Study - Read the dialog again to see how the vocab words are used.
Kevin: So, Amanda, what are your plans for today, the Fourth of July?
Amanda: Well, actually, my family goes out to Bend, central Oregon, every Fourth of July. We go and hang out at the Sun River Resort…
Amanda: ...so we can get out in the outdoors. Yeah.
Kevin: I really enjoy the Fourth of July. I’m not much of a flag-waver, I’m not patriotic, but I, you know, I like the get-togethers, I like the food and the beer and the cookouts. It’s cool, it’s good fun.
Amanda: I completely agree. You may not be a flag-waver, like you said, and be celebrating the day for what it stands for, but it’s really nice because it gives people an excuse to come together – family reunions, barbecues, like you said.
Amanda: And if not for Fourth of July, just to get everyone together.
Kevin: Yeah. And I do love the fireworks. I think the fireworks shows are really fun.
Amanda: Oh, I’ve completely forgot about that. You’re absolutely right, yeah.
Kevin: They’re really great.
Amanda: And it’s nice that you can actually buy some to set off yourself, if you’re safe, if you’re safe.
Kevin: Exactly, yeah. It’s a good day.
Firework shows, which were initially meant to scare away bad forces or evil spirits, are a staple of most independence day celebrations around the world. In the U.S., various cities are known for their unique takes on the fireworks displays.
Washington D.C. puts on the nation’s most patriotic fireworks show, while Miami adds Latin and Reggae music, turning the show into a multicultural celebration. To see descriptions of the twelve best fireworks shows in the U.S., check out this fireworks city guide.
One of the world’s most prominent fireworks shows is held throughout September in Macau. The shows run for five weeks beginning in September, with the grand finale on China National Day, October 1.