Celebrating U.S. Independence Day

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U.S. Marines carried the American flag at a ceremony hosted by the U.S. Embassy Seoul, South Korea to celebrate the Fourth of July.

Celebrating U.S. Independence Day

Each year, Americans celebrate the ideals of liberty and freedom - essential elements of our country’s founding creed. Whether near or far, communities gather together in various ways to host cookouts, watch fireworks, and take part in celebrations that help honor and share collective American traditions and cultures. In countries abroad, U.S. diplomatic missions host receptions and patriotic commemorations to mark Independence Day.  These celebrations welcome expatriates, visiting Americans, and local citizens to our embassies for food, music, games, dancing, and fellowship. These annual Independence Day celebrations also showcase our national character and the democratic values that connect Americans, wherever they may be. 

This year, U.S. diplomatic missions took part in some truly amazing celebrations of the 241st anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence and the beginning of the United States. Check out celebrations from U.S. Embassy Paris, U.S. Embassy Prague, and U.S. Embassy Seoul below:

Members of the Marine Security Guard Detachment at U.S. Embassy Paris open the Independence Day celebration by presenting the colors.

U.S. Embassy Prague Chargé d’Affaires Kelly Adams-Smith and members of the Keystone State Boychoir, who performed the national anthems at the Independence Day reception.

Visitors to the U.S. Independence Day celebration at the U.S. Embassy in Seoul, South Korea, learn about U.S. history and culture.

While Independence Day is marked with celebrations and excitement, the day also inspires Americans to commit themselves to realizing the aspirations articulated in our founding. By recognizing that we share the collective responsibility for the shaping of our nation, we each make a lasting commitment to the ideals set forth by our forefathers 241 years ago. 

Editor's Note: This entry is also published on Medium.com/StateDept.