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The 2014 July 4th celebrations at our diplomatic missions actually started this past February, with the U.S. Embassy Kathmandu celebration of the 238th Anniversary of the Independence of the United States of America on February 22, 2014. This was followed by the US Embassy in Oman which hosted its independence day event on March 25, 2014 (see Open Season: This Year’s July 4th Independence Day Celebrations Officially On). Here are the well-timed red, white and blue celebrations that caught our eyes this year.
U.S. Consulate Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
In an unprecedented tribute to U.S. Independence Day, Rio de Janeiro’s iconic the Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro was lit with the colors of the American flag on July 3, 2014. U.S. Consul General to Rio de Janeiro John Creamer and Christ the Redeemer rector Father Omar Raposo were at the monument for the special lighting, which happens as Brazil hosts approximately 90,000 U.S. tourists for the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Pretty cool!
U.S. Embassy Tallin, Estonia
This 4th of July cake was so huge that it needed six people to carry it into the event hosted by Ambassador Jeffrey Levine. We think that this cake was made by the Radisson Blu Hotel in Tallinn. We don’t know many many years the hotel has been making this cake for the annual event but just below the photo is the time lapse video showing the making of the 300KG 4th of July cake for Embassy Tallinn a couple of years ago. Amazing!
U.S. Embassy Nairobi, Kenya
— US Embassy Nairobi (@USEmbassyKenya) July 3, 2014
U.S. Embassy Kampala, Uganda
U.S. Embassy Kabul, Afghanistan
Flags of the 50 United States hanging above the Independence Day celebration at the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan, on Tuesday,June 24, 2014. (Photo by Musadeq Sadeq/U.S. State Department)
U.S. Embassy Beirut, Lebanon
Ambassador David Hale hosted a celebration on June 17 at BIEL with Lebanese officials, members of Parliament, and Embassy guests in attendance.
U.S. Embassy New Delhi, India
— Kathleen Stephens (@AmbStephens) July 3, 2014
U.S. Embassy Canberra, Australia
Embassy Canberra ran a social media Independence Day contest and came up with MasterChef Australia contestants akitchencat
and The Bread & Butter Chef Kylie Ofiu as winners to join them for the 4th of July bash. American chef Tory McPhail also arrived in Canberra last week and got the Embassy kitchen prepped and ready to feed over 600 people for the event hosted by Ambassador John Berry.
U.S. Embassy Wellington, New Zealand
This year’s Independence Day event in Wellington hosted by DCM Marie C. Damour had a#USA culinary theme. Check out some U.S. recipes at: http://www.discoveramerica.com/usa/culinary-landing.aspx Discover America. And here’s the Kentucky Honey!
U.S.Consulate General Auckland, New Zealand
U.S. Embassy Bangkok, Thailand
— U.S. Embassy Bangkok (@USEmbassyBKK) July 3, 2014
U.S. Embassy Rome, Italy
A Villa Taverna l’Ambasciatore Phillips ha ospitato il ricevimento per il Giorno dell’Indipendenza, per celebrare l’America e l’amicizia con l’Italia, tra musica, hamburgers e, ovviamente… Fireworks!!
U.S. Embassy Seoul, South Korea
U.S. Embassy Quito, Ecuador
— US Embassy Quito (@usembassy_quito) July 3, 2014
U.S. Embassy Tel Aviv, Israel
— USEmbassyTelAviv (@usembassyta) July 3, 2014
U.S. Embassy Valleta, Malta
Embassy Malta had Route 66 as its event and menu theme; the celebration includes vintage American cars on display in the compound.
U.S. Embassy Madrid, Spain
U.S. Consulate General Barcelona, Spain
— USConsulateBarcelona (@USConsulateBCN) July 3, 2014
U.S. Embassy Copenhagen, Denmark
Rydhave, all ready to receive over 1.000 of Embassy Copenhagen’s closest friends and contacts. Entertainment this year was provided by Basim, and the band The Sentimentals. The Embassy’s own Sonia Evans performed the American national anthem.The food at the event was supplied by CP Cooking.
U.S. Embassy London, United Kingdom
— Matthew Barzun (@MatthewBarzun) July 3, 2014
U.S. Embassy Ottawa, Canada
Lots of tasty-looking food at #July4Lornado! #4thOfJuly #yum https://t.co/7dSlhHWDDr
— U.S. Embassy Ottawa (@usembassyottawa) July 4, 2014
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