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Why I Love (And Question) Independence Day

He grew up marching to celebrate Ghana's independence and now marvels at America's big July 4 bash. George Mwinnyaa reflects on the meaning of independence.
Students march during the celebration of Ghana's 60 years of independence on March 6 in Accra. Source: Cristina Aldehuela

On my first Fourth of July in the United States, I woke up in the morning, stretched and realized that my wife was still in bed.

I asked if she was going to work. She said, "Oh, don't you know today is July Fourth?"

I looked through our window. Just about everybody in Fernley, Nevada, the town where we lived, was on their way to Main Street with chairs, umbrellas, drinks and snacks.

I was confused. What were they going to celebrate? I was curious, too, so I got our camp chairs and headed out to join our neighbors. That's when my wife told me what was going on: "July Fourth is America's Independence Day."

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