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National celebrations

Whee--don't you just love when you try to edit a poll question after the fact and then LJ eats the whole thing? I sure do. -_-

Anyhow, my dear international friends, I'm curious to know whether you folks have something equivalent to our Fourth of July celebrations. Independence day? Birthday of a monarch or founding figure? Memorial of some important victory? And if so, how do you celebrate--food? Fireworks? Parades and festivities?

And for those of you also in these great United States, I'd love to hear what you do to celebrate. For years we'd go to my grandmother's house to watch the local parade go by, which was a several-hour affair. (So many fire engines and vintage cars...) Recently we mostly just do a cookout with my sister's family and set off fountain fireworks at the base of our driveway.

Feel free to natter away in the comments. :)
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We don't have a constitution or any kind of national day. I suppose the closest we get is either the Queen's official birthday - but that's really more for tourists and London, and there's nothing that happens nationwide- or St George's Day - when some people might buy an England flag or a tea towel or something, but generally that's about it. The only time people get excited about being English is when the World Cup is on and while England is still in the tournament - but again, nothing official and nothing nationwide.
Interesting--I'm so used to having an enormous, country-wide celebration that it's hard to imagine not having something equivalent.

(Multiple celebrations, really--there tends to be slightly lower-scale ongoings for Memorial day as well, and of course Thanksgiving; fewer fireworks, more food, in the case of the latter.)