Last edited by Jason Bourne; Jul 04 2012 at 12:56 AM.
As a side note, this date is also the one year anniversary of my wife and I being debt free. I am, well and truly, a home owner.
There is more stupidity than hydrogen in the universe, and it has a longer shelf life.
Happy Independence Day!
"A ruler who hides behind paid exocutioners soon forgets what death is."
Traveling Templar - 16JUN2013
Happy Birthday USA!!!!!
(By the way, when is Britain's birthday?)
Wales - St. David's Day, March 1st (not a public holiday, despite repeated attempts to make it one by Welsh MPs and AMs, which have been blocked by the English, but very widely celebrated in Wales)
Northern Ireland - St. Patrick's Day, March 17th (a public holiday in NI)
England - St. George's Day, 23rd April (not a holiday, and doesn't seem to be celebrated particularly by many people for some reason)
Scotland - St. Andrew's Day, 30th November (public holiday in Scotland)
There are also other saints' days celebrated in various parts as local cultural events - St. Piran's Day (March 5th), for example, is treated as a kind of 'national day' in Cornwall (many in Cornwall (and some outside, of course) see it as a 'nation' in its own right).
There have been suggestions of having some kind of 'Britain Day' holiday, but most people seemed to think it was a pointless and stupid idea anyway, and many outside England objected to it as being yet another piece of attempted cultural assimulation from England (they have a long history of such things, so it's a bit of a touchy subject for many in the rest of the UK). The idea is a contentious and contraversial one. Personally I suspect it will never happen, and those in favour of it seem thankfully to have gone quiet on it over the last couple of years.
The Queen's official birthday is apparently used for the purpose for UK diplomatic missions abroad, and there is an 'honours list' issued on that day, but outside the immediate celebreations involving the monarch in London, nobody else celebrates it at all or considers it as an important day or a 'national' day or anything like that. It's not something most people even really know is happening, apart from seeing details of the honours list on the news.
Despite the political 'union' (which may or may not survive anyway!), it's a big mistake to think of the UK or 'Britain' as actually being one 'nation', and the fact that it isn't largely explains why there isn't a 'national day' for it!