Fireworks, parades, hot dogs: how Americans celebrate their nation’s birthday
Happy Fourth of July! Americans celebrate their nation's birthday by having parades, watching fireworks displays, setting off their own fireworks, and watching the Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest. Though US independence was declared on July 4, the actual vote to become an independent nation was two days earlier, on July 2. At the end of the program, learn the English phrasal verb "go off."