Friday, July 04, 2008

Happy Independence Day

Being an American in Britain on the 4th of July is a very strange thing. Celebrating Independence Day in the land of our former colonial masters is a little like celebrating the anniversary of a divorce in your ex-in-laws' beach house. You can still have a good time, but you're always aware.

What can Brits do to ease the awkwardness and ensure a Happy Fourth?

  • no snarky comments about impertinent colonists
  • no jibes about how we've made a mess of our independence - especially over the last eight years or so
  • no general anti-Americanism (yes, I know it's hard)
  • sparklers should be on sale at every corner store
  • bring us a brownie
  • a paid day off work would be nice
and last but not least....
  • tax free tea all day

2 comments:

Noble Savage said...

Due to a horrid stomach bug I picked up yesterday (but seems to be getting much better now) I *do* have the day off -- my inlaws have my daughter for the day so I can rest. Hallelujah! I think I'll go get myself some good ol' American food (a cheeseburger and fries followed by ice cream) and sing the national anthem at the top of my lungs, just so my neighbours know what's what. ;)

Happy 4th!

Sam said...

"tax free tea all day"

Brilliant.