Irakli Gagua
Happy Birthday America

The 4th of July is a happy holiday for many in America. It's the day when the entire country celebrates America's birthday and independence.

For many immigrants who come over to the United States and end up becoming citizens, this is the greatest country on earth. America has long been the land of opportunity for immigrants and emigrants alike. They used to say the streets were paved with gold. Today, everyone knows that the streets are not really paved with gold, but for many America remains the dream that for them came true.

The fourth day of July every year is when everyone in America comes together to basically celebrate the country, the people in it, and pay tribute.

You could call it America's birthday-- Happy Birthday America! Everyone celebrates the holiday differently. Some go to the lake and swim around and tan and hang out with relatives, while others have cookouts and grill for friends and family. Some people like to enjoy some cocktails in the sun and a 4th of July party, while others celebrate by creating red, white and blue food and drink creations (and wearing red, white and blue as well). Of course, most people like to end their nights with a rousing round of fireworks if they possibly can.

Immigrants love their country just as much as anyone else. America is still the place that many people dream of going and work very hard to even have the opportunity to move to America and try to make a living! Supporting their family and doing well in America is important to the majority of immigrants who respect the opportunities that they have by getting to come here. As it is becoming increasingly difficult to move to countries with paperwork, fees, tests, and restrictions, the privilege is not taken lightly.

At the end of the day, immigrants are more accepted than ever in America. By now, everyone who is here came from someone who came from somewhere else. It's no longer an us versus them mentality; the United States is still one of the biggest melting pots around. It's that diversity and strength as well as our acceptance of our fellow citizens that makes this country great. So this holiday, make sure that you have your American flag flying and get out there and spend some quality times with friends, family, and everyone else who has gathered together to celebrate the country and the land that they love.