Happy Independence Day! What are you doing to celebrate?

image1Here in Monterey, California many people gathered in celebration of Independence Day.  There were live music and local businesses selling food.  They had blocked off a few roads to ensure the safety of pedestrians during the event.  Considering how many people were present it wasn’t too much of a nightmare to drive through downtown.  I am glad that we ate at the house before we went out because we would have easily spent $30 while we were out there.  We walked away with only spending $3.50 on a cookie dough brownie.  (Which was pleasantly not as rich as I was anticipating it to be.)  Having worked in retail for 6 years I’ve missed out on a lot of Independence Day celebrations.  For this reason I probably would steer away from working for a retail company again.  I always hated turning down invitations to party as I was one of those people that HAD to work on weekends – life of a retail salesperson. Anyway, what are you doing to celebrate?

What does July 4th celebrate?
July 4th of every year Americans celebrate the event of the 13 colonies declaring their separation from Great Britain.  The 13 colonies were: Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Georgia, Connecticut, Massachusetts Bay, Maryland, South Carolina, New Hampshire, Virginia, Province of New York, Province of North Carolina, and Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations.

Could you pass a naturalization test?
There is a process of becoming a citizen of the United States of America if you were not born here: test scoring guidelines You can also take a practice test here: http://citizenshipfirst.us/exam/  I scored 16 our of 20.  Try the quiz and comment with your results in this blog post (and no Googling! seriously, try the test and see what you score).  Of course immigrants have the opportunity to learn all of these things but how nerve wrecking it must be!

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One thought on “Happy Independence Day! What are you doing to celebrate?

  1. Glad you were able to enjoy the 4th this year, Sharon! I didn’t do much myself except watch fireworks. Unfortunately, had to work for most of the day. Thanks for sharing the link to the practice citizenship test. I scored an 18/20. I’ll have to share it with my friends.

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