Monday, July 4, 2011

Top Ten Reasons to Celebrate Independence Day in Italy!

1.      You make grandma’s famous potato salad and no one scolds you for using mayonnaise instead of olive oil.

2.      You give a little history lesson to your neighbor after he sees you putting up the American flag and asks if the U.S. is playing Italy in a soccer match.

3.      Your Italian friends concede when you say “as a republic my country is older than yours”.

4.      You finally find some use for all those little American-flag toothpicks you bought on your last trip home.

5.      You pick up a six-pack of Budweiser instead of the more fashionable Peroni just because it’s Made in the U.S.A.

6.      You convince your local greengrocer that corn was meant to be eaten on-the-cob.

7.      You prove to your Italian friends that hamburgers and hot dogs can be yummy slow-food, too!

8.      No one dares to argue when you turn-up the volume on Springsteen’s Born in the U.S.A.!

9.      Your Italian friends make you smile with a Happy 4th of July greeting sent via Facebook

10.   Because you’re proud to be an American even if you live abroad!

Happy 4th of July!!!
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  1. Great post Marie, thank you for sharing this.
    I am celebrating with my husband and his older parents. My friends in the end couldn't make it, which is fine. We are having burger sliders, mine with veggie crumble. potato salad, tiny hot dogs, beer, chips, and red white and blue cupcakes for dessert. God Bless America!
    Nice to know you. And I will start following your blog. Ciao :) Dea

  2. Dea, thank you for stopping by and for deciding to follow my blog! Your menu sounds yummy and so traditional. Warm wishes for a very Happy 4th of July to you and your family. Ciao, Marie

  3. I enjoyed reading your post. And... will you also tell us how you enjoy celebrating Thanksgiving in November!?

  4. Happy July 4th, enjoy your celebrations.

  5. Thank you Patricia and Lindy for your comments, and come November I'll be glad to tell you how we celebrate Thanksgiving!

  6. Point 3: What about "marinare" republic: Amalfi, Genova, Venezia, Pisa? And "Res publica Populi Romani" (Roman Republic)?
    I agree that in USA it was born the democracy as we know today. Thank to USA in Europe we experienced the French revolution and, step by step, the "risorgimento" (resurgence) in Italy.
    Thank to "Europe's hand" the USA experienced the American Civil War.
    I apologize for my poor english.

  7. Thank you Anonymous for your comments, and for pointing out that over the centuries Italy has transformed from many smaller republics to the united republic it is today. Again, as I did in an earlier post, I congratulate Italy on her 150th anniversary this year.