July 4th Around the World (and Beyond)

July 3rd, 2010 by

Tomorrow is July 4th, which is a pretty big deal in the United States (where Kidsmomo Headquarters is located). But since we have plenty of international readers out there (including from Canada, the U.K., China, Germany, Australia, and I believe even 1 visit from Algeria), I thought I’d highlight some cool things that have happened on July 4th all over the globe. It’s not just about the fireworks, barbecues, and apple pie.

Yum. Pie… Uh oh, I’m getting distracted.

Um, where was I? Oh, right. July 4th around the world! Here are some cool things that you may or may not have known about:

  • 1865: In England, Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland is first published.
  • 1886: The people of France offer the Statue of Liberty to the people of the United States. That’s right — Lady Liberty is French!
  • 1894: The short-lived Republic of Hawaii is proclaimed by Sanford B. Dole. Good thing it was short-lived, otherwise the U.S. would be stuck with 49 states. And oh, how I despise odd numbers…
  • 1997: Taking a trip outside of our atmosphere for a moment: NASA’s Pathfinder space probe lands on the surface of Mars.
  • 2009, just last year: We are once again allowed to visit the crown of the Statue of Liberty (otherwise known as Miss Frenchie French, now), which was closed in 2001 for security reasons.

Additionally, July 4th is also Filipino-American Friendship Day in the Philippines and Liberation Day in Rwanda, so I think plenty of people around the world will be celebrating on July 4th. They should look into getting some pie.

How will you be celebrating July 4th?

— Nancy

2010 (predicted): Nancy will eat an indescribable amount of pie and explode.

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One Response

  • Hahaha me writes:
    July 4th, 2010 at 1:59 pm

    I’m celebrating eating a lot of yummy foods: Cheez Doodles and potato chips and strawberries and blueberries, wearing red, white and blue, and as of RIGHT now, sending out e-mails to people proclaiming, “HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY!”
    Also, I’m finishing up re-reading Every Soul A Star by Wendy Mass.
    My family is pushing off some celebration stuff until my siblings get back home from a trip.
    I guess until then I’ll just chomp down on all the good food before they can get any themselves (and curl up with a good book).

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