Flag Day/Canada Day, and US Independence Day

Holidays & Special Occasions 4th of July Flag Day/Canada Day, and US Independence Day

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      Hi everyone,

      Several of you inspired me to make the decision to share what I’m
      about to with you. Evelyn, you were one who moved me with a
      healthy shove because I found myself choking up at your story. It’s
      beautiful and it speaks to the heart of all *Americans*, and I’ve
      emphasized *Americans* because America is really all of the North
      and South American continents.

      I believe in the goodness that lies within all people, and you were
      especially blessed to find this to be the case.

      In the United States of America, Flag Day is celebrated on 14 June,
      as I recall, kind of an irony when we consider how much of an
      impact the tattered flag over Fort McHenry, Baltimore, made at
      least in the heart of Francis Scott Key.

      In my first book, _Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow: Meeting the
      Challenge of Our Multicultural America & Beyond_ (Caddo Gap
      Press, 1996), I wrote something I’d like to share with you about
      Canada Day and American Independence Day because it has
      a little trivia about these two days and a couple of suggestions
      some of you might want to consider for next year either with
      family, friends or even with the company where your spouse or
      you might work:

      “At one time or another during the year, dazzling displays light
      the night skies of cities around the world, thanks to the Chinese
      invention of fireworks. Gala pyrotechnic shows paint the skies
      over the majority of cities across the United States as part of a
      national July 4 birthday celebration.

      “But the United States is far from alone in celebrating a national
      day of independence. Canada’s Canada Day, for instance, the
      equivalent of American Independence Day, falls on July 1. As a
      result, around July 1, the party–with more than 100 free events,
      parades and performances–begins for the International Freedom
      Festival, honoring the long-lasting friendship between the United
      States of America and Canada.

      Halfway through this two-nation,
      two-week long monumental birthday party, more than 3500
      fireworks fill the skies with the largest annual continental–and
      maybe the world’s largest–display of color. More than 3,000,000
      people have visited the festival each year since its 1959 inception.
      Held on the Detroit River, between Detroit, Michigan, and Windsor,
      Ontario, Canada, the event was first created to honor Queen
      Elizabeth ii on her historic visit to windsor. promoters say this is
      the world’s most extensive trans-border festival.

      “plan joint picnics for two organizations, corporations, or
      communities. be creative in developing the day’s fun events,
      planning two events into games wherever realistically possible–
      for instance, a baseball game *and* a soccer game. remember,
      america’s soccer is internationally called football!

      make efforts
      to establish relationships with canadian organizations, corporations
      or communities of similar size and composition. ideally, both sides
      should strive to share successful and positive methods and ideas.

      “modify and use the organizational concept with two families or
      neighborhoods. establish a relationship and share ideas.
      research to learn more about the cultures and lifestyles of other
      nations. then adapt similar independence day plans with
      organizations and communities in other nations.”

      those of you who have the union jack as your national flag can
      tell me perhaps whether there is more red or more blue in the
      flag. i never can remember! lol i was thinking that it shouldn’t
      be too difficult to create the union jack on a cake in much the
      same way you would use the usa flag with blueberries and

      but you might also consider, and perhaps it
      would be easier, making a cake with the maple leaf as the
      focal point of the cake.

      homeschooling families can also expand on the idea i noted
      above by integrating the international celebrations into the
      lessons. .

      if you’re celebrating canada day today, or independence
      day on thursday, have a very happy and safe holiday.

      michelle (y. in upstate new york)

      from: michelle young
      Date: Mon Jul 1, 2002 4:24 am
      Subject: Flag Day/Canada Day, and US Independence Day

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Holidays & Special Occasions 4th of July Flag Day/Canada Day, and US Independence Day