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a healthy dose of Americana

Serving overseas, the Fourth of July is a big deal. It is the Embassy’s largest public event – an opportunity to showcase our culture and celebrate our nation’s independence. Given how much work goes into putting the fete together, one forgets sometimes how the holiday is an even bigger deal back home. Parades in even the smallest of rural towns, fireworks displays, jets flying overhead. Being back in the United States to celebrate the Fourth of July for the first time in several years not only gave us a much greater appreciation for Independence Day, but also enabled us to steep ourselves in American culture in a way that is all but impossible overseas.

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Because a picture oftentimes truly is worth a thousand words, we think there is no better way to showcase the excitement of a homegrown Fourth of July celebration than through a few of our favorite photos from this year’s holiday.

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