If you’re an American moving to London, you’re probably worried about the inevitable period of adjustment that comes with the big move and international relocation you’ve undertaken. An international relocation means a new culture and people, learning the geography of your new home, and numerous other details that you will have to learn to make life in your new city livable from day to day.

Often, it’s not only adjusting to what your home requires of you. You’re allowed to cheat a bit. You don’t only have to adapt yourself to your new homeland; you can also bring a little bit of home with you. And if you’re very clever and very lucky, you might even find a little bit your old home in your new home.

One glaringly obvious example of this will be found on your calendar. If you’re an American you’ll see that there’s a very special date marked there – the 4th of July, America’s Day of Independence. And while you might think it odd to celebrate a very American pastime in a place hundreds of miles away from America, you couldn’t be more wrong.

London has a large community of Americans scattered all over its environs and the city has adapted itself to cater for their needs even as you will have to adapt to the city. As a result, if you are looking for a place offering Independence Day festivities, you won’t have to look too far. Admittedly, you’ll probably have made your plans already, but if you haven’t, here are a few suggestions:

The Big Easy in Chelsea has a fun way and undeniably American way of celebrating July 4 – a rib eating contest. Over at Blues in Camden, you’ll find a hotdog eating contest. If you are American, make sure to bring your passport along with you as it will entitle you to a free beer, wine or spirit.

For other July 4th festivities, go to the dove at Broadway Market, Hackney for an American Beer tasting. Just because you’re moving here doesn’t mean that you have to leave everything behind. If you look, you’ll find something that will help to ease the strain of that big move.

Happy 4th of July to all Americans living in London.