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4th of July

4th of July

Date: Jul 24 2000


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Tomorrow is the 4th of July. This day is very special here in the U.S. because it’s the day we became independent from England. You can think of it as the country’s birthday! Listen to John and Migs talk about their plans for this special day.


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John:  I’m so pumped about the 4th of July this year. It’s been three years since I’ve been able to enjoy it. You know, living in Japan, they don’t have the same thing.

Migs:  What do you mean? They don’t have the 4th of July over there?

John:  No, of course not. It’s America’s birthday.

Migs:  Oh, that’s right. So, do they have fireworks?

John:  Yeah, actually the fireworks are really cool. They have them all summer long, all different places around the country – a lot better than the fireworks here, actually. But you know, they don’t have the parades and the barbecues and the, you know, the picnics that we have here. All the fun stuff.

Migs:  All the tradition. I get it.

John:  Right. So what are you going to do tomorrow?

Migs:  I don’t know. I don’t have any big plans, but I was thinking we better throw back some beers, you know, have some fun.

John:  Yeah, let’s have a party. We’ll call some friends over, have some hot-dogs and hamburgers. What time do you want to do it?

Migs:  Let’s do it at eight.


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It has been three years since I have been in the US to celebrate the 4th of July. One time in Tokyo I let off some fireworks with some American friends, but it just wasn’t the same. I’m really happy to be able to spend this holiday with my family and friends. Have a great week and talk to you soon!—John


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