1. You’re American, first and foremost.
I just think it’s awesome how patriotic Americans are. In the UK, unless there’s a specific reason (such as a jubilee or a Royal birth), you’d be hard pressed to find a house that flies the Union Jack in their front lawn, and if you did, you’d immediately assume the residents were members of the EDL or some other crazy Fascist movement and steer well clear.
Here in the UK, being patriotic is increasingly synonymous with being racist, whereas in America everyone is proud to be American. Whatever their race, culture, or creed, everyone puts themselves as an American first and foremost, and I think that is wonderful.