an important day for / to


"Independence Day is an important day for Americans."


Why is 'for Americans' a natural way, not 'to Americans'? Is there a reason or is something omitted behind 'for Americans' such as 'to keep', etc? Thank you so much as usual and I hope to hear from you again.   

asked Mar 18 '13 at 01:42 Hans Contributor

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It can be either way. There could be a semantic argument that using 'for' might imply the importance is made by an outside entity, but these mean the same thing. I've heard and used both in this context, and wouldn't even try to guess which is more common.

link comment answered Mar 18 '13 at 03:33 Lewis Neidhardt Grammarly Fellow

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