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Independence Day Special

21 Jun 2017 The American Dream

Independence Day is the most important holiday in the United States of America and that is no exaggeration. Since 1938 this holiday has been one of the few paid federal holidays in the USA and is celebrated like none other! The historical and patriotic importance of Independence Day is what makes it so popular for Americans. Every year, the Fourth of July celebrates the meaningful day when the United States declared themselves free of the British Empire. In the following article read all about these topics:

  • 4th of July Green Card Lottery discount  
  • Why is it called Independence Day?
  • How do Americans celebrate Independence Day?
  • Why is Independence Day in America also an important day for Green Card winners?

4th of July Green Card Lottery discount

We are going all out on this festive occasion and giving all our customers a discount when they apply for the Green Card Lottery with The American Dream – now that’s a reason to celebrate! By applying, die-hard USA-fans can get one step closer to making their dream of American independence a reality.

Using the discount code INDEPENDENCE, you will save an additional 4 € when applying for the official Green Card Lottery on or before July 4th, 2017 with The American Dream. With a Green Card in your pocket, you can move to the land of unlimited possibilities and live and work where you want for as long as you want! Simply enter the discount code when applying and an additional 4 € will be automatically deducted from the Basic, Smart or VIP participation rates. 

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Why is it called Independence Day?

Independence Day is celebrated every year on the 4th of July to commemorate the day the United States freed themselves from British rule. This history of this holiday is as old as the USA and began over 200 years ago:

Before the year 1776, the Thirteen Colonies of America, located in today’s New England, were subject to British rule and had to pay taxes for imported goods such as for tea, sugar, coffee or alcohol. The American colonies began to complain about paying taxes to a smaller country that was a thousand miles away and decided to stop doing so. The colonies had no rights and had no representatives in the British parliament and the slogan “no taxation without representation” became the mantra of those refusing to pay. Consequently, many colonists began to boycott and even went so far as to throw British goods into the sea like at the well-known “Boston Tea Party”. Finally, the American colonies declared independence from the British Empire on July 4th, 1776, by signing the Declaration of Independence. This important document was mainly written by Thomas Jefferson and was adopted and signed by the members of the Second Continental Congress. The most famous paragraph in the Declaration of Independence is as follows:

“We hold these Truths to be self-evident, 
that all men are created equal, 
that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, 
that among these are Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness....”

At the time that the Declaration of Independence was signed, the Thirteen Colonies were already at war with the Kingdom of Great Britain. On July 4th, 1776, this declaration not only declared that the colonies were no longer under British rule, but also detailed the importance of freedom and the rights of man laying the political and moral philosophy for the country that would become the United States of America. The war ended in 1783 and the new nation busied itself with writing what would become the U.S. constitution.

How do Americans celebrate Independence Day?

There were large celebrations including speeches, parades and fireworks in Philadelphia one year after the American Declaration of Independence was signed (1777). The city decorated the ships in the harbor in red, white and blue and around the country the Thirteen colonies celebrated by firing 13 gunshots and cannon balls. Of course, fireworks lighted the sky across the nation. John Adams, one of the Founding Fathers, wrote to his wife that Independence Day should be celebrated with fireworks large enough to be seen “from one End of this Continent to the other from this Time forward forever more”.

Thus, the first Independence Day celebration on July 4th, 1777 was celebrated with a bang and the tradition of setting off fireworks began. The popularity of fireworks in the USA grew and continues to grow. By the end of the 19th century, firework displays had become longer, more complicated and impressive as well as more available to the public. 

Pyro-technicians today work 11 months out the year making and choreographing fireworks for the one day when their work, so to say, goes up in flames. On the Fourth of July, The American Pyrotechnics Association estimates that there are more than 14,000 fireworks displays lighting up the night sky all across America. The biggest display of all is one of the 14 that take place in New York City. The fireworks in Washington D.C. and Boston are not to miss as well!

This important holiday is celebrated across the USA with fireworks and everything typical American: Barbeques, picnics, concerts, fairs, parades, family gatherings, political speeches and ceremonies – there is something for everyone to celebrate! Balloons, banners and decorations in red, white and blue – the colors of the American flag – are proudly displayed throughout the country. Washington D.C. naturally, takes this holiday very seriously and puts its heart and soul into celebrating this patriotic day with fireworks at the National Mall and an Independence Day parade. Other celebrations that are worth seeing include those in Bristol, Rhode Island and the hot dog eating competition hosted on Coney Island, New York as well as the Harborfest in Boston, Massachusetts.

Why is Independence Day in American also an important day for Green Card winners?

Having a Green Card makes it possible to emigrate to the USA, but it gets even better! How would you feel about not only living and working in the USA for as long as you like, but also having the chance to take part in the presidential elections as a U.S. citizen? Green Card holders can apply for U.S. citizenship after only five years of living in the USA! In celebration of America’s Independence Day, the U.S. immigration authorities (USCIS) invite thousands of people to give their “Oath of Allegiance” at a public Naturalization Ceremony. Naturalization applicants only become U.S. citizens after giving their “Oath of Allegiance”: "They will be able to enjoy all the rights, privileges and responsibilities of U.S. citizenship,” said USCIS Director León Rodríguez.

We have already published a series of articles dealing specifically with the topic U.S. citizenship. There is an article in the series only about the “Oath of Allegiance” and the naturalization ceremony

Have you already been living in the USA for many years now and becoming a U.S. citizen would be your ultimate dream? Enjoy all the rights an American has by becoming a U.S. citizen. Find out how below:

  • Complete the Form N-400, Application for Naturalization
  • USCIS will send you the Form N-445, Notice of Naturalization Oath Ceremony, which you will need to fill out and bring to the ceremony
  • Take part in the Naturalization Ceremony and swear to the "Oath of Allegiance"
  • Your Green Card will be taken from you and be replaced with a Certificate of Naturalization  

If you cannot attend the ceremony on the date stated in the invitation, you can request to attend a different ceremony. To do this, you must return the Form N-445 to the USCIS field office responsible for your case along with a letter explaining why you cannot attend the ceremony on that specific day. Only after taking the “Oath of Allegiance” are you a bone fide U.S. citizen! An officer will read aloud the complete oath slowly and clearly enough for you to repeat the oath out load. After this, you will have your certificate handed over to you. This certificate is the proof that you are a citizen of the USA.   

Your permanent resident card will be taken away from you on the day of the ceremony, but do not worry, you no longer need your Green Card. On the same day that you give the oath, you also receive your “Certificate of Naturalization” – and now you can finally hold the American citizenship you so desired in your hand! Find out if there is going to be a naturalization ceremony close to you on the Fourth of July and take part in the celebrations! Even if you are only a part of the audience now, you might soon be on stage yourself! 

We are overjoyed to be here helping the USA celebrate the biggest birthday party in the world and wish every a glorious American Independence Day! Happy 4th of July!

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