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The U.S. Embassy in Jakarta generated some controversy this month when it moved its July 4th celebration to June 4th to avoid conflict with the month-long Ramadan observance in the country. (See US Embassies Move Fourth of July For Heat, Monsoon Weather, and Now For Ramadan — Read Before Getting Mad). Al Arabiya News Channel reported that Saudi Arabia’s Supreme Court has announced Thursday, June 18 as the first day of the Muslim holy fasting month of Ramadan. Below is a round-up of posts that marked Fourth of July in June this year. Our posts in Muslim countries who have yet to celebrate independence day may have to wait until after July 17th to hold their annual celebration. If you don’t get why, click here or here.
U.S. Embassy Jakarta, Indonesia with Ambassador Robert Blake
US Embassy Cairo, Egypt with Ambassador R. Stephen Beecroft
U.S. Embassy Rabat, Morocco with Ambassador Dwight L. Bush, Sr.
June 4, 2015 | ‘We celebrate tonight not only the anniversary of America’s independence, but also the longstanding and warm ties of friendship between the United States and the Kingdom of Morocco.” – Ambassador Bush at last night’s Independence day celebration here at the Embassy, which is the first such celebration at our new Embassy compound.
Image via US Embassy Rabat/FB
U.S. Consulate General Casablanca, Morocco with CG Nicole Theriot
June 14 | U.S. Consul General Nicole Theriot in Casablanca, joined by Ambassador Bush to celebrate 239 years of American independence. This year’s event was a Luau (“great feast”) which incorporated fire dancers, Tiki carvings, volcanoes and delicious food showcasing the rich culture and traditions of the state of Hawaii.”
Image via US Embassy Rabat/FB
U.S. Embassy Dushanbe, Tajikistan with Ambassador Susan Elliott
June 8, 2015 | Did you know the United States gained independence 239 years ago? Here are some photos from this year’s early celebration at the Hyatt Regency Dushanbe! This year’s Independence Day commemorates the 25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act – a law securing access, opportunity, inclusion, and full participation for persons with disabilities. In her address, Ambassador Susan Elliott praised U.S.-Tajik cooperation and advocated for greater collaboration to improve conditions for all Tajiks, and highlighted the importance of persons with disabilities having the same rights as non-disabled persons regardless of any disabilities that may prevent them from engaging in daily life.
US Embassy Dushanbe, Tajikistan/FB
U.S. Embassy Algiers, Algeria with Ambassador Joan A. Polaschik
Ambassador Joan A. Polaschik leading the 4th of July celebration at the US Embassy in Algeria, June 15, 2015 | US Embassy Algiers/FB
U.S. Embassy Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia with Ambassador Joseph Yun
June 15 | This year, we celebrate our diverse heritage on the 239th anniversary of the Independence of the United States of America in the beautiful island of Penang as well!
US Embassy Malaysia Fourth of July celebration in Penang with Ambassador Joseph Y. Yun | US Embassy KL/FB
Time to re-up our favorite Fourth of July video from US Consulate General Milan featuring President Obama, Lady Liberty, then Ambassador David Thorne, Consul General Kyle Scott and the USCG Milan crew: