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Fourth of July Celebration at the Library July 11, 2012

Posted by americanex in holidays, Uncategorized.

Waiting for celebrationLast week, we celebrated American Independence Day, which is better known in America as Fourth of July.  We had a nice group of children ages 5-15 who joined us to learn about this holiday in America.  We had two American guests, Darell Francis and Steve McCafferty.  They are also Peace Corps Volounteers.

We talked about the parades, public speeches, picnics, and fireworks that are always part of our Fourth of July holiday.  It is a day when we remember the difficult struggle for Independence and express our gratitude for the leaders of our country who fought the Revolutionary War to become free of England.  July 4, 2012 is the 236th birthday of the United States.

We played games and made a wonderful poster with Uncle Sam on the poster.  Uncle Sam is not a real person, but he is a symbol of our Independence.  He is dressed in red, white, and blue which are the colors of the American flag.  Many people in the United States dress in red, white, and blue on Fourth of July.

We also talked about food that we would eat in America at the picnics and parties that are a big part of our celebration.  Hot dogs, hamburgs, corn on the cob, and watermelon will always be part of any American Fourth of July.  On Coney Island, in New York City, the 94th annual Nathan’s Hot Dog eating contest took place on Fourth of July.  We watched the YouTube video of this contest, which is very funny.  The male winner ate 64 hot dogs (and buns) in 10 minutes and the female winner ate 45!  It is said that this contest was started by a group of immigrants to America who wanted to show that they were true Americans because they could eat the American hot dog!

The best part of our celebration was Darrell playing his guitar and letting the children take a turn as well.  Darrell sang American favorites such as “Dead Skunk in the Middle of the Road” and also sang a Russian song that he has learned.  Everyone sang along with Darrell and had a good time.  We will invite our guests to come back for another celebration and will make sure that Darrell brings his guitar.

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1. Виктория П - August 2, 2012

I didn’t know guitars may look like this too.
Did the boy (https://americanex.files.wordpress.com/2012/07/photo-1.jpg) really play some music, or was just playing with the guitar? 🙂

americanex - August 7, 2012

Darrell’s guitar is a special guitar that is for traveling. It is light and small so you can easily take it on a train or a plane. Darrell has lived in six countries, including Ukraine, so his mother gave him this guitar so he could take it everywhere he goes. It plays and sounds like a real guitar.

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