With the enormous rise in popularity of US candy on these shores, as well as the almost constant moaning that English is being Americanised, there’s more than a few things that we can think of that come from our American cousins that are worth celebrating.
Oreos? Oh yes. Elevators instead of escalators? Probably not. Reese’s pieces? Thumbs up cowboy. A unnerving sense of confidence and loud personality instead of polite silence? Nah.
That being said, we’re really starting to adopt some of the best of American culture. Whilst Halloween when we were kids was reserved mainly for wobbling up the road with a carrier bag dressed in a batman outfit from tesco, these days it’s much more celebrated with huge parties, crowds of children putting the effort in and costumes that could genuinely give you a heart attack.
With that in mind, and given we sell the best American candy and sodas, we’re doing a rundown of the best American holidays that should be celebrated in the UK
It’s practically an early Christmas right? A huge roast dinner and loads of sport on TV whilst having all the family round for drinks and games. You don’t, however, have to watch the Queen’s speech and potentially without the baggage of Christmas you could even avoid having to invite your slightly racist uncle. Win.
Traditionally held on the fourth Thursday of November, it marks the successful harvest meal of the colonist settlers in Plymouth Massachusetts, where common legend also says that the meal was shared with Native Americans.
It also follows Halloween and signifies the wrapping down of the year’s calendar. There’s usually plenty of candy and chocolate to go around, as with Christmas, so this one should definitely be considered for adoption in the UK.
Basically America day, if anything. It’s also one of the greatest ‘bad’ films ever made starring Will Smith literally punching an alien in the face as the US Airforce, single handed, manage to defeat a hyper-advanced extra-terrestrial species.
Often celebrated with plenty of beer and fireworks, as well as candy and chocolates, July 4, 1776 when the first thirteen U.S. colonies (Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Georgia, Connecticut, Massachusetts Bay, Maryland, South Carolina, New Hampshire, Virginia, New York, North Carolina, and Rhode Island and Providence Plantations) signed the famous Declaration of Independence.
Now one of the most famous days in history, this should definitely be considered for adoption to be celebrated with our American cousins over here to celebrate our shared history. Not involving tea going overboard, we might add though.
Martin Luther King, Jr Day
One of the most famous civil rights activists the world over, it’s always a good idea to celebrate one of America’s greatest ever citizens. The national holiday wasn’t actually introduced until 1986, in which Stevie Wonder actually wrote the song “Happy Birthday” in honour of.
It wasn’t fully celebrated in every state until the year 2000, but it makes sense for the UK to adopt the holiday and maybe even introduce some of our own to celebrate great people who made a huge difference in the world.