Eight of us had lunch today, seven were working. Not one was American born although several had taken out citizenship but retained their dual nationality. The conversation naturally turned to why celebrate 4th July as none of us had any traditions that made us do so. Some wanted to see fireworks. Some wanted a barbeque. Most enjoyed working today for various reasons, (ease of commute, long lunch hour, less interruptions from co-workers, taking a day of in lieu at a weekend, etc.)
In an area like Palo Alto where we have so many non American born, where the most celebratory thing to do is a chili cook off in Mitchell Park, what are we really celebrating? It seems odd to say the country's birth date, it also seems odd to say freedom from the British. So, in the 21st century, is it just a day off or is there more to celebrate?