On a birthday, i find it the appropriate time to show appreciation for the person. Being the fourth of July is considered the birthday of the US, i find it appropriate to express gratitude for this wonderful country, specifically in the area of freedom and intolerance to class warfare.
Especially as Jews in France and the rest of Europe are noticing, and South America as well, anti-Semitism is real, and is tolerated regardless of what officials say. When a Rabbi in France was told that it was better not to wear his head covering outside, it drove the point home.
Even Israel, with all her neighbors hating her, and the world is sympathetic to them, to the point where it recognizes an erstwhile terrorist organization as one that works towards peace, it is a sad state of affairs.
Yet, here i am, sitting in the US, and not really directly affected by many of these terrors. And for this i am grateful.