Is it a coincidence? The three countries in which I have lived—France, Venezuela, and the United States—all celebrate national events in July. France celebrates Bastille Day on July 14, while the U.S. and Venezuela both recognize their independence this month. I know my Canadian friends also celebrate in July, as do Colombia, Argentina, Peru, Belgium, and several other countries. Perhaps the hot weather inspires lots of revolutions?
When I was little and lived in the south of France, my older cousin would always get dressed up and go to a “bal du 14 juillet”(14th of July Ball). All of the cities and towns had a special ball. I remember people dancing in the streets until the wee hours and then watching the fireworks. I will always remember July 14th, Bastille Day, as a giant dance party!
Venezuela celebrates its independence from Spain on July 5th with parades and lots of food and music. When I moved to the U.S., however, I discovered hot dogs, cookouts, firecrackers, and relaxed afternoons with friends and was instantly smitten. I can’t wait to spend the day with loved ones and pay tribute to this wonderful country!
I hope you all have a wonderful holiday!