Celebrate The Fourth of July Although our 18th Century ancestors were doubtless sad to see them go, we’ve always been hugely proud of our American cousins and we’ll be raising a glass to them on Independence Day, the fourth of July. But that’s nothing to what they’ll be doing across the pond. From fireworks and parties to cookouts and barbecues, for Americans this is the most important day on the calendar, and they celebrate in style. In Bristol, Rhode Island, there was a 13-shot salute in the morning and the evening in 1777, and since then the town has held the nation’s longest-running Independence Day celebration.An enduring legacyMarked by a federal holiday, Independence Day celebrates the day in 1776 when the Thirteen Colonies of America declared themselves to be states and no longer part of the British Empire. And at the end of the ensuing American War of Independence (1775-1783), Great Britain signed the Treaty of Paris, agreeing to recognise the sovereignty of America.Following this, the Founding Fathers went on to structure the democratic government of the United States, leaving a legacy that has shaped the world.Sending something to the US?Remember, if you’re sending anything to friends or relatives in the US, whether it’s to mark Independence Day or for any other reason, we’re here to help. We work with all the leading shippers, including UPS, FedEx, DHL, Parcelforce Worldwide and Royal Mail, and we’ll be delighted to advise you on the best service for your needs – including urgent and express delivery.Our experts can help with information on import restrictions, and we’ll help with all the paperwork – including customs documentation. You can track your parcel online, all the way from its starting point to its final destination, and why not let us pack and protect it for you with our enhanced compensation cover for extra peace of mind?For more information or to book your delivery, just pop into your local MBE store, call us or get an online quote. Whichever side of the pond you’re on, we’re here to make your life easier!