Editor's note: This story was originally published in 2014. But we still get questions about Canada Day from our American friends. Enjoy your Canada Day long weekend.
We get that you don't get it. But, believe it or not, Canada is not a colony of your country. We're an independent nation and we have a day to celebrate that independence. It's like the Fourth of July ... but better.
Still confused? Here's why Canada Day is the best.
On July 1, 1867, the Dominion of Canada was created. No war. Not even a skirmish.
Notice how 1867 comes after 1812? That means you can stop getting angry at us about that war you lost. You were fighting the English, not us.
He was our first prime minister and was famous for his wit. Especially when he was drinking.
It's said that Macdonald was once so drunk during a debate that he started vomiting.
After recovering, he blamed the sickness on his opponent's disgusting ideas.
Macdonald succeeded in achieving Confederation, merging several British colonies into a single nation.
You think you're the only ones with Founding Fathers? Not a chance. We've got "Fathers of Confederation."
Fathers with awesome mutton chops...
We’re only 150 152 years old.
Our flag is just 50 years old.
We've only been calling it Canada Day since 1982 (it was Dominion Day before that).
And "O Canada" only became our official anthem in 1980.
Did we mention that the lyrics to "The Star-Spangled Banner" were written while you Yanks were getting bombarded with cannonballs during that war you lost?
And speaking of explosions. That's one thing Independence Day and Canada Day have in common.
Actually, come to think of it, we're pretty similar after all.
P.S. We're sorry. We know we screwed up.