American pop culture is so widespread that it would almost be impossible to find an inhabited patch of land not affected by it. Coming from movies, books, the internet, and other mediums, the idea of the "American Dream" is most likely familiar to lots of people around the world, affecting the way one sees Americans and their lifestyle. 

How people from other countries actually view Americans is revealed by one group in Poland called 4th of July LARP (live-action role-playing). It is a slice-of-life project where people roleplay as contemporary Americans acting out various scenarios that they imagine happening in the United States during their Independence Day. 

As the group describes on their Facebook page, the 4th of July LARP is a drama about squandering the American dream. "On July 4, 1776, the United States declared independence. The newcomers from the Old Continent wanted to create a new state in America, built on democracy, freedom and equality. More than two hundred years later, many Americans live under conditions different from what the nation's founding fathers imagined. Barely making ends meet, striving to be family members and worthy Americans despite poverty and exclusion. Although they live on the fringes of society, their home - a small town lined with caravans and shaky houses - is for them the essence of the 'land of the free and the home of the brave'. This is a story about them."

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David Naessens
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1 month ago

I went through all the photos and it is now a goal in life to spend a 4th of July with these people!

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The 4th of July LARP group has been organizing LARPs for years now and is constantly looking for interesting and important topics. "Many great blockbuster LARPs are in fantasy or sci-fi settings - this time we wanted to make a game in a contemporary environment with an illusion of actually being there. While scouting for locations, we found an inexpensive holiday resort full of mobile homes - a site you won’t often see in Poland. It reminded us of an American trailer park and we decided to make that the core theme of our game."

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Emily Ward
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1 month ago

So mostly you are larping as white trash? Honestly these are super entertaining and I'm glad ya’ll are having fun! Love it lol

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Catherine Binder
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1 month ago

Can confirm. Everyone in America knows this guy.

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Even though they are Polish, they all grew up surrounded by American pop culture and are familiar with the idea of the "American Dream". "We’ve used the visual language and widely known archetypes to create a setting of a trailer park in the USA. From the very beginning, we aimed to be respectful toward people living in low-income neighborhoods and approach the topic with sensitivity and respect."

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Starwolf54509
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1 month ago

That mustache tho...

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Amanda Davids
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1 month ago

Love the hair, color/cut

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The organizers stressed that this project is not in any way a comedy or a pastiche, but a slice-of-life drama type of LARP. "We stayed away from comedy (like Trailer Park Boys) or supernatural elements (like Stranger Things), taking inspiration from documentaries, books, and movies touching on this subject in a slightly different way (f.e. Hillbilly Elegy, Nomadland, etc.)."

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CocoHenri
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1 month ago

She looks like our idiot congressperson from Colorado

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Don't you wish you knew
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1 month ago

Well it does happen 😳

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"Our LARP explores the mythos of the American Dream - or more so the Broken American Dream. Players experience human stories, portraying characters with unique backgrounds. They face their daily life and the issues that come with it. Some are universal or similar to the ones in Poland (such as struggling to provide for your family or combating addiction), and some are specific to the U.S. (such as reliance on private health care or the prevalence of firearms). We wanted to create an immersive experience about facing those hardships both as an individual and as a community, about making impossible choices, about finding your place in your small homeland."

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Catherine Binder
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1 month ago

Here's my people.

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Dave Munger
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1 month ago

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Don't you wish you knew
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1 month ago

Just me, or does she look a bit like Scarlett Johansson? 🤷

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ItsJess
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1 month ago

It would be more accurate if something was misspelled.

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Sydney-Kate
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1 month ago

I think it’s kinda funny that this whole thing is them pretending to be American and it’s so not accurate and yet so freaking accurate at the same time 😂😂😂😂

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Catherine Binder
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1 month ago

I live down the street from these people, both ways.

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Sydney-Kate
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1 month ago

This feels like a Lana deal rey album

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Sarah nashold
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1 month ago

This is the closest one so far but the watch is too nice. Looks too happy too. You really have to be depressed

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ace axolotl (she/her)
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1 month ago

the makeup is on point

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Benita Valdez
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1 month ago

Michael is that you?

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Douglas Turner
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1 month ago

I'm puttin' all you people on report. Especially you, pal. You just made the list.

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Timothy Daniels
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1 month ago

You spelled Dog wrong.

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ace axolotl (she/her)
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1 month ago

we've all met both of them omg

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Emily Carter
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1 month ago

This stands outside of class, culture or language, and mmk

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Catherine Binder
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1 month ago

Tiara is too small.

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Emily Carter
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1 month ago

Fck..the *who*??? on the right side of tent?

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Deborah Harris
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1 month ago

gorgeous motorbike

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Emily Carter
Community Member
1 month ago

Accurate to American Sitcom aesthetic in that a pudgy man-baby's, for somehow, snagged himself a woman 10,000x more attractive than he is. The universe caters to male fantasy. What's more American than that?

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Tracy Wallick
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1 month ago

Giving me ZZ Top vibes

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Catherine Binder
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1 month ago

Ah, the vet in uniform despite not being currently serving. Seen a few too many of these.

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Monty Glue
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1 month ago

The guy in the center appears to have had a leak or maybe it is just a trick of the light?

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ace axolotl (she/her)
Community Member
1 month ago

no but also the blueberries and raspberries over your vanilla ice cream to make it festive

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AndThenICommented
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1 month ago

Moved into Bike Week vibes now

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Sue Sanders
Community Member
1 month ago

Uh - not sure. Maybe trying to decide on whether to protest or not? Or go hang out at the next beer joint? Or heard that Johnny Depp is down the street and try to get an autograph?

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Sue Sanders
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1 month ago

Bored lower middle-class Americans, just tryin'.

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Catherine Binder
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1 month ago

I wish this many people loved NASA.

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Luna Crow
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1 month ago

That beer tho.. taste free indeed.

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Emily Carter
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1 month ago

So many of these are too "on the nose" 2 b convincing,but maybe "convincing" isn't what they were goi g 4

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Catherine Binder
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1 month ago

The hair is oddly accurate.

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Miss Benzo
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1 month ago

That's either Bob marley or maxwell's photo.

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Sue Sanders
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1 month ago

The girl is too white.

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S WO
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1 month ago

Nothing screams 4th of July more than a pancho & sombrero...

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Dirk Daring
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1 month ago

While everybody else went for the "Kentucky Hillbilly" look, she went straight for "Ten dollar Vegas streetwalker"

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Amy S
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1 month ago

Guy obviously injured his hand from setting off fireworks

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Luna Crow
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1 month ago

That's as 'murican AF.

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S WO
Community Member
1 month ago

"Hey everybody, Uncle Randy's out of rehab!"

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Sue Sanders
Community Member
1 month ago

Yeah - America, sixty years past. Good old vinyl, feathers in the hair, psychedelic album covers. Now go on inside and smoke a doobie.

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Sue Sanders
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1 month ago

This looks like a Midwestern country boy and his restaurant waitress girlfriend out on a noon walk.

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Sara Sanders
Community Member
1 month ago

Nah, goth people aren't that patriotic, nor do they participate in such extravagant celebrations, especially with a slight smile.

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Sue Sanders
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1 month ago

Honestly just look like a group of American girls killing time on campus.

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Sara Sanders
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1 month ago

Maybe the 4th in the late 60s

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Sue Sanders
Community Member
1 month ago

Man, this could be anything. College fan girl with gay girl and a pot of quiche and Brussels sprouts and lit candles for - I dunno. Gimme a hint?

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Pirates of Zen Pants
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1 month ago

"The person who liberated your as*." Sir Mix-a-Lot?

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