American Samoa celebrates 4 July as Independence Day. This is in keeping with American Samoa’s close relationships with the USA. Neighbouring Samoa celebrates its own independence (from New Zealand) each June.
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The UN does not consider American Samoa self-governing but lists it as a dependency of the US. American Samoa, however, disputes this classification, saying it became a self-governing US territory on 1 July 1967. Even American Samoa does not consider this independence, however, and celebrates US Independence Day instead.
Over the years, major cultural differences have developed between Samoa and American Samoa. American Samoans, for example, have adopted many US customs and attitudes. They tend to play baseball or American football and often immigrate to Hawaii or other parts of the United States. Samoans, on the other hand, have close connections with New Zealand and like cricket and rugby better.
Due to the fact that American Samoa has the highest rate of US Armed Forces enlistment of any US state or territory, it is natural for 4 July to be a big holiday here. Those who give and risk so much to defend the US and its territories are quick to hold US independence dear.