Today is July 4th United States Independence Day. It is National Day. Every year there are events in each city such as concert, introduction of new citizens and fireworks. Fireworks are usually the final event and pushes celebration to climax.
Last month I relocated to Monterey Park, a small city within LA County. Independence Day Celebration lasted from 4pm to 10pm at Banes Park. Fireworks started at 9pm. When I arrived around 8:30, a lot of families had been there enjoying band performance. Most of them are Chinese American and Hispanic American. Around 9pm the band stopped singing. A girl jumped to the stage and asked us to stand up. Then she began singing a song. I didn’t realize it is National Anthem of the United States until I noticed everyone put their hands on chest except me. At this moment I felt a little lonely. Although people around me also speak Chinese, although people around me also have yellow skin and black hair, their heart belongs to a country totally different from mine does. It’s the first time I missed my homeland so much.
One of my friends told me fireworks here are not as fabulous as those in China. But I even forgot what fireworks in China looked like, because most of the time I stayed in US in the past two years and before I left China I didn’t watch fireworks very carefully. I thought every year fireworks are almost the same so why I should pay attention to that. Fireworks in Banes Park lasted for 40 minutes. At beginning a man read the name of each state along with one firework. People stared at the sky, cheered and clapped for fireworks with various color, shape, and size. They might consider fireworks in July 4th a very holy ceremony. People didn’t leave until the conclusion of the firework show.
I rarely took part in rally because I always worried about traffic issue and I didn’t want to rush to a place with too many people. But maybe this kind of celebration is an ideal way to learn more about American history and culture. I wish I could know more.