Q: Do they have a 4th of July in England?
A: Yes, they do. And a 5th. And a 6th.....
I was in Bangkok in early July 1993. The last full day I spent there happened to be July 4, and I decided to do the complete "tourist" thing. I hired a "tuk-tuk" (Google it!) and a young Thai driver as my tour guide.
When I stepped out of the hotel, the first thing that struck me was that the streets had been swept, and the main ones had been festooned with bright colored streamers and such. I never realized that the Thais made such a big thing out of U.S. Independence Day.
Then I realized that the main colors were purple and gold - Thailand's National Colors - rather than red, white and blue. As it turns out, Crown Princess Chulabhorn's birthday is -- wait for it! -- July 4th!
Happy birthday, Your Royal Highness.
(edited to reflect the correct styling of her title).