Catch up post on additional Fourth of July celebrations around the Foreign Service this year that caught our eye. The previous one we did is here: Independence Day Celebrations 2012 – Around the Foreign Service Round-Up.
US Mission Mexico
Guadalajara, Jalisco: Los Vice Cónsules Nick Geisinger y Timothy J. Dunaway interpretaron el himno nacional estadounidense durante la celebración.
Click on image for more photos of the Fourth of July celebrations in our Mexican posts.
US Embassy Paris, France
Ambassador Charles H. Rivkin at the 4th of July Garden Party, Ambassador’s Residence, July 4th, 2012. More photos via FB here.
US Embassy Nassau, The Bahamas
On Tuesday, July 3 the United States Embassy commemorated the 236th Anniversary of Independence of the United States of America by hosting a celebration in Nassau, The Bahamas aboard the U.S. Naval Ship USS ANZIO docked at Prince George Wharf. The event was held in partnership with the United States Northern Command (USNORTHCOM) and included more than 200 of The Bahamas’ top leaders, representing the government, the business community, civil society, media, and the arts.
U.S. Charge d’Affaires John Dinkelman gives official remarks and toast at the 4th of July celebration. (Photo State Dept.)
US Embassy Dublin, Ireland
On July 4 2012, U.S. Ambassador to Ireland Dan Rooney and his wife Patricia celebrated American Independence Day and hosted at their Residence in the Phoenix Park in Dublin the Third Irish American Flag Football Classic. Over 2,500 guests were in attendance for the Independence Day celebrations.
Photo from US Embassy Dublin/Flickr
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US Consulate General Chennai, India
Photo via USCG Chennai/Flickr
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US Embassy Afghanistan
U.S. Ambassador Stephen G. McFarland, the Coordinating Director of Rule of Law and Law Enforcement shakes hands with a Marine after he received his naturalization certificate on 29 June 2012 at Kandahar Air Field in Afghanistan. Click on image for more photos
Photo from US Embassy Kabul/Flickr
US Embassy Cairo, Egypt
Ambassador Patterson on the dance floor during the Fourth of July celebration. Photo from US Embassy Egypt via FB
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US Mission Pakistan – Islamabad
Photo via US Embassy Islamabad website
US Mission Pakistan – USCG Lahore
Consul General Nina Maria Fite hosted U.S. Independence Day reception at her residence. She was joined by Chief Guest Senior Advisor to the Punjab Chief Minister Sardar Zulfiqar Khan Khosa, U.S. Army Attaché Colonel Kurt H. Meppen, and USAID Punjab Director Theodore Gehr, and 400 guests from various walks of life. The event included the playing of the Pakistani and U.S. national anthems and a cutting of a cake.
Photo via USCG Lahore/FB
US Embassy Rome, Italy
Visitors arriving at the Villa Taverna for the Fourth of July celebration. Photo via US Embassy Rome/Flickr
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US Embassy Bangkok, Thailand
The theme of U.S. Embassy Bangkok Independence Day Celebration for this year is “The Great American Roadtrip.”
US Embassy Vientiane, Laos
Photo from Ambassador Karen Stewart’s Tumblr.
Click on image to read about it in the ambassador’s blog
US Embassy Beijing, China
Ambassador Gary Locke cutting the Fourth of July cake. Photo from US Embassy Beijing/Flickr. Click on photo for a slideshow
US Consulate General Hong Kong & Macau
Probably the most popular US mission online post for this Fourth of July, 11,000 forward and still counting. Via the WSJ:
For the July 4 commemoration of U.S. Independence, it stepped back into history to tweak the Party with its own words. Accompanied by an exuberant image of the Stars and Stripes, its Weibo posting said:
On this day each year, joy and glory is felt by every good and honest person in this world. From the birth of this new nation, democracy and science were seeded beneath the foundations of a new liberal world… Day and night, the god of liberty shines her torchlight of freedom into the darkest corners of the earth, providing warmth for those who have suffered and reminding them there is still hope left yet.
This post quickly gained popularity and has now been forwarded more than 11,000 times.
Let’s see how long before the Chinese tigers bite.