English on the Internet - English Magazine


July 7, 2000

Why celebrate Independence Day? The history of Independence Day is very important to Americans. The colonists who came to America were originally from England. They considered England their mother country and paid taxes to her as well as exported goods to her. England decided that taxes should be raised and even went so far as to tax tea which was the main drink of the colonist as it was in their home country. The colonist revolted by dressing up as Indians and dumping the tea into the Boston harbor declaring they were no longer British subjects and would no longer pay taxes to England. A war was fought and once the colonist proved they were strong and independent they drew up a Constitution of the United States and declared themselves free of their mother country.

Today England and the United States always agree on everything just like most mothers and daughters but let someone threaten either one and they are there to protect each other. Americans celebrate their independence on July fourth with parades, fireworks and great gala affairs. They are proud to be free but under all this lies a respect for their mother country who made it possible for our great country to be colonized.

Have a great July fourth in whatever country you live in and remember that even though Americans no longer pay taxes to England they now have to pay taxes in their independent country.

by Jane Custer - USA, has a BS in Communications and loves writing

© July 2000 English on the Internet www.aj.cz