Fourth of July: Enjoy the Fireworks!
The holiday — on, of course, July 4 — is among the United States’ most well-known and heavily celebrated as the anniversary of the nation’s 13 original colonies declaring their independence from the British Empire 240 years ago.
“We have a national day and anniversaries of different wars, but nothing like it is celebrated here,” said LSU Global student services advisor Omar El Ghetrify, an Egyptian native and recent university graduate. “The fireworks, we don’t do anything like that. We do that more for New Year’s and Eid al Fitr and Eid al Adha.
“All the outdoor celebrations, barbecues, parades, fireworks, it was interesting to see it in movies at first, then in real life, and see everyone gather together and be really patriotic — and have the best barbecues ever. I think if you want to get the best barbecue food, I think that’s Fourth of July weekend.”
Outdoor celebrations, especially including grilling, pool parties and boating activities, are among the most popular.
Fireworks are also a common practice, including a display at 9 p.m. Monday in downtown Baton Rouge at the USS KIDD battleship to wrap up a day-long “Freedom Festival.”
L’Auberge Casino and Hotel will host its own celebration, complete with a pool party, live music and fireworks across town.
“I had never seen fireworks before like that,” said Abdullah Abbas Alhulaymi, an electrical engineering student from Saudi Arabia who enjoyed a Fourth of July celebration in Shreveport last year when living in Ruston with his uncle. “It’s unbelievable. It’s amazing.”
Around the World
Different countries observe their own independence or national days almost every day to varying degrees.
Madagascar (June 26), Djibouti (June 27), Seychelles (June 29), Democratic Republic of the Congo (June 30), Burundi, Canada, Rwanda and Somalia (July 1) and Belarus (July 3) have each done so in the past week.
Algeria, Cape Verde and Venezuela (July 5), Comoros and Malawi (July 6), Solomon Islands (July 7), Argentina and South Sudan (July 9) and the Bahamas (July 12) will each do so during the next week.
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Below is a list of independence and national days for the home countries of current LSU Global students, as well as those expected for the fall:
Argentina – July 9
China – October 1
India – August 15
“We have a parade from the Central Monument that’s in the capital of India, and from there to the Red Fort, and there are so many people who participate from all over the world. It’s very big.”
— Ocean Devraj Geetha Son Rasadesrimuresu
Psychology major, India
Indonesia – August 17
Kazakhstan – December 16
Kenya – December 12
Malaysia – September 16
Nigeria – October 1
Oman – November 18
Pakistan – August 14
Panama – November 28
Russia – June 12
Saudi Arabia – September 23
“That’s the day when Saudi Arabia became one kingdom. Actually, that’s very special, because they do some festivals and bring traditional things from all generations: dancing, and they like to do food. Here, I think, like when you go to New Orleans, you dance, and the food is similar to (home). They have very traditional food here — especially in Louisiana, especially when you go to New Orleans.”
— Abdullah Abbas Alhulaymi
Electrical engineering major, Saudi Arabia
South Korea – August 15
United Arab Emirates – December 2
Vietnam – September 2
Learn about Ramadan and iftar from LSU Global students!
Many LSU Global students, like Muslims worldwide, are currently fasting daily from sunrise to sunset in observance of their religion’s holy month of Ramadan.
Learn more about this custom, including the evening meals of iftar, in the blog post below from members of the program who have gathered each of the past two Fridays to break their fasts for the night.