Posted by PJ on July 02, 2001 at 22:37:41:
In Reply to: USA's birthday, July 4th. posted by Edward T. Graney on July 02, 2001 at 21:44:33:
Mmmm - Interesting one this Edward and possibly inflammatory like many of yer others.
I personally will be celebrating with great vigor on Wednesday (Same as I do Paddy's Day) and giving thanks and recognition to this great country and even tho not American, I really do feel the ould shiver and admiration when I hear The Star Spangled Banner and watch the fireworks and cermonies each year.
But...... On the other hand, that is because I live here and this country has been good to me and I've had a truly great time here and love much about the country.
However, to suggest that Ireland owes the USA the recognition of a National holiday on the 4th of July is almost as inflammatory as saying there should be a Ireland wide Holiday on the 12th to commemerate the Boyne or the 14th to commemerate the French part in 1798 (And ya couldn't really have 3 holidays in two weeks now could ya!!!!)
Some people in Ireland will personally celebrate the 4th because of what it means to them personally - Just like many Americans personally and unofficially celebrate Paddy's day cos what it means to them (Or doesn't but just because it's an excuse for loads of craic!) but to suggest that another country celebrate the 4th of July in recognition of America (Especially when half of America still doesn't acknowledge one of it's own official holidays - MLK day) is, in my opinion, quite arrogant and presumptious.
But Happy 4th to ya anyway!