July: The Month of National Holidays

July 01, 2017

July: The Month of National Holidays

Happy Birthday America!

I bet you didn’t know that NYC has the biggest fireworks display in the US and that three presidents have died on July 4? Independence Day, also known as the Fourth of July, celebrates the birth of American independence. Typical festivities range from fireworks and parades to concerts and family gatherings. The Fourth of July is also the most popular holiday for grilling. You might even see fireworks in Denmark, England, Norway, Portugal and Sweden. This is because thousands of people emigrated to the U.S. in the early 1900s. Interesting to note is that only 2.5 million people lived in the U.S when the Declaration of Independence was signed. Fun fact: Thomas Jefferson was the first president to hold a Fourth of July celebration at the White House.

Long live the land of the free and the home of the brave!


Happy Canada Day!

Canada is looking pretty good for 150 years old! In 1867, the nation of Canada was officially born with the joining of three provinces into one united country: New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and the Canada province. There are parades held in villages, towns, and cities all over Canada. Apart from parades, there are also countless concerts, carnivals, festivals, firework displays, and citizenship ceremonies for Canadian citizens. This national holiday brings communities together to celebrate Canada's wealth and diversity, freedom, and values. Canada's national flag is widely displayed and people paint their faces red and white. But did you know that as the rest of Canada celebrates with fireworks, Quebec opts for a mass exodus of apartments? In keeping with a decades-old tradition, most leases in La Belle Province expire July 1. Or that on the July 1 weekend, Canadians drink 1.2 million liters of beer?

 Long live Canada!


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