2013 Fourth of July Embassy Events: Sights and Sounds Around the World

— By Domani Spero

Bad news folks — US embassies and consulates have completely ignored the State Department’s guidance for zombie-themed events this Fourth of July. (See State Dept Issues New Guidance for 2013 Fourth of July Embassy Events – More Zombies, Please).  So no brain food this week.  The good news is, the parties are still on (with special mention to those that had their parties in March, way before the “guidance” was issued).   Also with the exception of US Embassy Cairo where the July 4th event was finally called off  on Sunday as the capital city burst into mega-anti govt protests with an anti-American tone.  Here is our round-up for the Fourth of July celebrations around the Foreign Service.

US Consulate General Milan, Italy

Special mention goes to the US Consulate General in Milan for “hosting” President Obama, Lady Liberty, Ambassador David Thorne and other guests for its 4th of July celebration to “To advance freedom, liberty, to celebrate the Statue’s reopening and its link to Milan.”

 

U.S. Embassy Kuwait

Celebrated the U.S. National Day on March 27, 2013

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Ambassador Matthew H. Tueller at the US Embassy Kuwait Fourth of July celebration, March 2013 – Photo by US Embassy Kuwait/Flickr
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US Embassy Lithuania

June 27, 2013

Fourth of July cake courtesy of Ramada Hotels & Suites Photo via US Embassy Vilnius/FB

Fourth of July cake courtesy of Ramada Hotels & Suites
Photo via US Embassy Vilnius/FB
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US Embassy New Zealand

June 26, 2013

4th of Steel, US Embassy New Zealand

US Embassy Finland

June 19, 2013

US Embassy Finland, June 19, 2013 (click on image for more photos)

Presentation of Colors with the ambassador’s dog, Deckard on the foreground, dressed for the celebration.
US Embassy Finland, June 19, 2013
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US Embassy Norway

June 19, 2013

On June 19, the US Embassy Oslo invited 2000 friends and contacts to celebrate Independence Day (in advance) in the Ambassador’s garden. The party included music, color guard, BBQ, ice cream and a wonderful atmosphere.

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US Embassy Ghana

June 27, 2013

Ambassador Gene Cretz, Fourth of July, US Embassy Ghana (photo via US Embassy Ghana/Flickr)

Ambassador Gene Cretz, Fourth of July, US Embassy Ghana (photo via US Embassy Ghana/Flickr)

US Embassy Estonia

July 4, 2013

U.S. Ambassador Jeffrey Levine,  a proud Californian will take guests on a culinary tour of his home state. The U.S. Embassy staff will trade in their suits and ties for something a bit more casual as they share a relaxing afternoon on the lush grounds of the residence in picturesque Pirita.  Guests are invited to come and enjoy the tunes of Liis Lemsalu, take a test drive on a Segway, and enjoy some delicious California cuisine by the Ambassador’s chef and provided by the embassy’s generous sponsors.

Photo via US Embassy Tallinn

Photo via US Embassy Tallinn

US Embassy Israel

July 4, 2013

On July 4, 2013 beginning at 7pm, the embassy will stream live from the Residence of the U.S. Ambassador to Israel, Daniel Shapiro the 4th of July party.  Expected guests include: Dr. Eric Huntsman to sing the “Star-Spangled Banner,” Ms. Hagit Yassu to sing “Hatikva,” and the U.S. Ambassador, Israeli President, and Prime Minister will deliver their remarks.  Musical entertainment throughout the evening will be provided by an ensemble from the Israeli Conservatory of Music and the U.S. Military Band “Winds Aloft.” The embassy promises fireworks to “light up the night sky above the cliffs of the Mediterranean!”

US Embassy Latvia

June 29, 2013

Photo via US Embassy Latvia (click on image to see more photos)

Photo via US Embassy Latvia
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US Embassy Uganda

July 2, 2013

U.S. Embassy staff get a large American flag (“Old Glory”) ready for the Fourth of July.

Photo via US Embassy Uganda/FB

Photo via US Embassy Uganda/FB

Happy 4th of July everyone, stay safe!

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