Happy Fourth of July!

My parents hung their US flag outside the house today, and many of my friends were either watching or participating in parades. Others were hosting gatherings of family and friends, and there was surely a lot of barbecuing and really unhealthy eating. (Unhealthy but oh so good…)

July 4th is the biggest holiday of the summer in the US, and one of the two days per year that I feel the most remote from home. (The other is Thanksgiving.) Nothing reminds me of my expatriate status more than knowing that back home, everyone is observing a big holiday, while here, it’s just another day. But every year it gets easier. Besides, we have cool holidays here that they don’t have in the States. (Mãe Soberana comes to mind.) In the meantime, I’ll just fantasize about grilled hot dogs, copious iced drinks, and a big fireworks display late at night.

Happy Fourth!

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About Fletcher DeLancey

Socialist heathen and Mac-using author of the Chronicles of Alsea, who enjoys pondering science, politics, well-honed satire (though sarcastic humor can work, too) and all things geeky.
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3 Responses to Happy Fourth of July!

  1. Lisa Shaw says:

    Do the Portuguese have any holidays that call for fireworks?

    • oregon expat says:

      On a national level? Just New Year’s Eve. There are probably other, regional holidays that I don’t know about. Here in the Algarve, we also have a fireworks display at the end of Mãe Soberana, two weeks after Easter.

      • Jorge says:

        There used to be plenty of local ones. At the end of most festivities, church-related or not, people used to put up smallish firework displays. The practice was greatly reduced in recent years due to concerns with wildfires, because the vast majority of those festivities take place in summer. Now there’s way less such occasions, but there’s still a few, usually liked to major events. Here in Portimão we usually have some fireworks at the end of the Festival da Sardinha. Dunno if it’ll continue, being our municipality as indebted as it is.

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