July 4th is always an odd holiday for someone born in England, given that it celebrates the date that the United States formally told Great Britain to go fuck itself…However. From a young age, I was obsessed with America and all things American to it was only a matter of time before I too left the shores of Blighty to head to the promised land. My wife and I arrived in the States 10 years ago, and while July 4th is the big holiday for everyone, today, July 3rd is my personal Independence Day.3 years ago today, I took a short walk to the Department Of Homeland Security in Portland to take the Pledge of Allegiance and become a Naturalized Citizen of The United States Of America. A part of me will always be English – you can’t live there for 34 years and not be – but I am very much a proud American. America is far from the perfect country to live in, we have many problems but equally we have many opportunities and of course, freedoms. As we all celebrate July 4th this weekend consider that this is a nation of immigrants – some from years ago, some from more recently.Enjoy the holiday and stay safe, everyone.Photo from a trip to New York in 2001. Shot on film, hand colored.#july4th #independenceday #america #holiday #washington #starspangledbanner

July 4th is always an odd holiday for someone born in England, given that it celebrates the date that the United States formally told Great Britain to go fuck itself…However.  From a young age, I was obsessed with America and all things American to it was only a matter of time before I too left the shores of Blighty to head to the promised land.  My wife and I arrived in the States 10 years ago, and while July 4th is the big holiday for everyone, today, July 3rd is my personal Independence Day.3 years ago today, I took a short walk to the Department Of Homeland Security in Portland to take the Pledge of Allegiance and become a Naturalized Citizen of The United States Of America. A part of me will always be English - you can’t live there for 34 years and not be - but I am very much a proud American.  America is far from the perfect country to live in, we have many problems but equally we have many opportunities and of course, freedoms. As we all celebrate July 4th this weekend consider that this is a nation of immigrants - some from years ago, some from more recently.Enjoy the holiday and stay safe, everyone.Photo from a trip to New York in 2001.  Shot on film, hand colored.#july4th #independenceday #america #holiday #washington #starspangledbanner

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