The 4th July and all things American


I spoke up loudly in our home yesterday “Let it never be said of Jono Hall that he stopped his American wife from celebrating the 4th July and watching the fireworks” And so we went to the Leawood Park and watched the fireworks – which it might be added were very nice. However, this is the one day of the year when it’s a little strange being in America – for how can a British person rejoice over the American declaration of independence from Britain?

As an English person in America, I notice many things we do differently. One thing is the way we date things. I was born on 2nd October. In England this is 2/10/1976, in America this is 10/2/1976 and it’s called October 2nd. This being the case, why is one of the most momentous days in the American calendar, the day they announced independence from the tyrannical British overlords called 4th July and not July 4th – just wondering?

On another note – I recently found out that one of my great, great (etc) grandfathers was burnt at the stake for being a Puritan in Stuart England – his brother didn’t fancy the same experience and so he got on a boat headed for the new world – the boat was called “the Mayflower”. I’ve been joking with Shari that I’m actually more American than she is – As she is petitioning for me to get a Green Card I’m sure she has a different perspective!

About Jono Hall

Disciple of Jesus, Husband and Father, Intercessory Missionary, Senior Leader at International House of Prayer and Teacher at IHOPU
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