Actually the first thing that comes to mind when asked about July 4th is that bit of unpleasantness between the Colonies and a certain European country some 237 years ago. Of which you are a loyal subject, I believe. Fortunately for all concerned those one-time Colonies and that European country have long since become allies and best friends, enough so that we can gently joke about it.
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