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Other countries' national days.

France: The French national holiday is Bastille Day, on July 14. It commemorates the 1790 Fete de la Federation, held on the first anniversary of the storming of the Bastille on July 14, 1789. This was seen as the day France united, following the tumultuous events of the French Revolution.

United States:. The US celebrates Independence Day, sometimes known simply as "the Fourth of July", to celebrate the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776.

Another important national celebration, Thanksgiving, is held on the fourth Thursday of November.

Canada: Canadians celebrate Canada Day on July 1 to commemorate the anniversary of the granting of Royal Assent to the British North America Act, which created the selfgoverning dominion of Canada in 1867.

Australia: Australia Day on January 26 commemorates the landing of 11 British ships known as the First Fleet in Sydney, in 1788.

Ireland:. Irish people across the globe - and others - celebrate Saint Patrick's Day on March 17. It is the anniversary of the day St Patrick is said to have died, circa 461.
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