Given the enormous influence of the United States in the world and the flood of information that it produces, Independence Day and its festivities are well known worldwide. The date isn’t celebrated beyond U.S. borders, however, as are holidays like Halloween and Christmas, which most of the western world tries to replicate.
Clearly, July Fourth is a patriotic date. As such, it is difficult to replicate in another country.
In Mexico, because of the special geographical and historical connection to the United States, the nation has developed a very special relationship with the richest country in the world.
However, if you’re looking for ways to celebrate Fourth of July in another country, chances are you may be a bit bummed that you’re not back in the homeland for all the action. But by spending the holiday abroad, you’re almost guaranteed to have an even better time than you would stateside.
American expats are also faced with the conundrum of wanting to celebrate and be patriotic without being culturally insensitive. Almost everyone that I have met abroad has some kind of opinion or perception, good or bad, about the United States, so it is important to keep your surroundings in mind when you want to express your national pride. I can guarantee that your neighbors will not appreciate you running up and down the streets chanting “USA, USA, USA”. So how do we celebrate the 4th of July abroad without being “that obnoxious American”?
Here are five possible ways that Americans can celebrate the United States’ birthday while they are away from home:
1. Have a BBQ Hosting a BBQ is a great way to celebrate the 4th of July with your Expat and Mexican friends.
2. Watch Patriotic Movies If you prefer a quieter alternative, inviting friends over to binge watch your favorite American films is a great option.
3. Go to an American-Themed Bar or Restaurant Many cities around the world have at least one American-themed bar or restaurant.
4. Attend a 4th of July Event Attending an organized 4th of July event is a great chance to party with your fellow Americans. The U.S. Embassies and Consulates around the world usually host some kind of event to celebrate the Fourth, but this is usually by invitation only.
5. Share and Make New Traditions Living abroad is a great opportunity to not only share your traditions, but to learn about the traditions of others and, why not? Create new traditions!
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