Dear Editor,

As a native Canadian and naturalized U.S. citizen, I joined in the Fourth of July celebrations yesterday on July 4th (surely an appropriate date). When I looked at this month’s calendar, on the square with a “4” in it, the annotation was not “Fourth of July,” but rather “Independence Day” — a label that seems to be used far less often. I asked several U.S. natives, including an elected county official, and nobody had a convincing explanation. I hope it’s not because four-syllable words are too intimidating.

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