Happy Birthday, America!

New York City, onecarryon Instagram
New York City, onecarryon Instagram

This is my first 4th of July in America after living abroad, and because of this, I kind of forgot what a big deal it is.  Friends, family, and everyone else I've run into in the last week can't stop talking about their plans for celebrating the 4th (bbq, fireworks, parades, lazy beach days, boating on lakes, etc.) and the enthusiasm is contagious.  It's times like these which remind me, I'm so lucky to be able to call this nation my home.

the White House, onecarryon Instagram
the White House, onecarryon Instagram

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P.S. Did you know the

Statue of Liberty

is open for tourism again?  I can't wait to visit!

Marie Frei

One Carry-On is a blog managed by Marie Frei, a travel expert and photographer with a passion for exploring off the beaten path locations. The blog covers honest and personal stories about living and traveling as an American abroad, shares her global appreciation for culture and design, and promotes traveling to far-flung destinations with a carry-on as fun, affordable, and easy.