As today is the Fourth of July and the celebration of American independence, it has me wondering how everyone celebrates their Independence/National Day around the globe. My celebration of the Fourth of July, I believe, is similar to what you see on TV. I head to a lake in Michigan with my girl and meet up with a number of friends. We hang out, have some beverages and eat lots of food, go boating around the lake, play horseshoes, and finish the day by watching the local town's firework display while sitting on the lake shore. One of the hundreds of other people around the lake has some sort of patriotic music blaring, a flag flying, and a few smaller fireworks of their own. Some friends with children are up early today to take their kids to the parade in town to see the fire engines, marching bands, and VFW associations. We have them pick up apple pie from the local bakery after the parade. I know Canada Day just occurred and from talking with some Canadian friends, it sounds like the traditions are relatively similar to the US, whereas a friend from Norway was just visiting and she said that for their national day, Syttende Mai/Constitution Day/May 17, everyone is encouraged to drink as much champagne as possible, eat a lot of hot hogs (I forget what they're called in Norwegian), and eat a lot of ice cream, but do all of this while decked out in their nicest clothes. Men are in suits or the traditional rural/folk clothing (called a bunad), while women are in nice dresses or, if they have them, the traditional rural/folk clothing. According to my friend, there is a stigma associated with being an adult woman and not owning one of these bunads. But she explained they cost the equivalent of $10,000 USD to purchase, which to me might explain why not everyone has one. Anyway, I was simply curious how people on here celebrate and if it fits in with, or deviates from, their country's traditional celebrations.