July 4th may be the most anticipated day of the year for Americans. Whether you live in a big city or a small town, on the coast or in the heartland, Independence Day celebrations follow the same formula: food, fireworks, family and friends.
But what if you are living abroad? It can be fun to use America’s birthday as a chance to share a slice of Americana and extend hospitality to new friends. You might find yourself hurling instead of playing softball, watching a cricket match instead of a fireworks display, eating sweet potatoes and fish instead of potato salad and hot dogs, or joining a drumming circle instead of a parade, but you can still have a blast!
Our friends at the Peace Corps shared some of their favorite 4th of July traditions from around the world: