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Locals share what Fourth of July holiday means to them

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FOX 12 spoke with people on the Fourth of July about what the holiday meant to them.  

“No matter who we are, what color, what gender, culture, we all belong here,” Minday Kloser said. 

For years, many have had the opportunity to call the United States home. 

“My parents emigrated here for better opportunity, education,” said Jen Chen. 

However, some haven’t been that fortunate, until now. To celebrate the 241st anniversary of independence, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services will grant citizenship to nearly 15,0000 people. 

“We’re thankful for you guys and we appreciate you,” said Qianna English.

Chen said, “I grew up in America and I can’t imagine any other place being home.” 

Portlanders feel the same about the Rose City. The usual slogan is “Keep Portland weird,” but for Tuesday, the slogan will take a backseat and the American culture will stand out. 

“Fun, independence, bonding, you know, a unique time to spend with your family and to get things out of the way means no worries, no stress,” said one young woman. 

So whether your day was filled with games, rides, ice cream cones or all of the above, it’s good to remember the person walking beside you wants a good life too. 

“We are better off today than my family was when I grew up and that’s just the American dream,” said Menzies Chen. 

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