The US Embassy in Serbia Marked Independence Day

Take a look at how the US Embassy in Belgrade celebrated one of its most important national holidays

A traditional reception at the residence of the American Ambassador, H.E. Christopher Hill, marked the national holiday of the USA, also known as Independence Day, in memory of July 4, 1776, when the Declaration of Independence was published in Philadelphia.

H.E. Ambassador Hill, with his wife Julie Hill, Deputy Ambassador Ginkel, and the military attaché received the congratulations. During the ceremony, H.E. Cristopher Hill spoke about the friendship between Serbia and the United States of America at the celebration of Independence Day at the US Embassy in Belgrade.

He explained that although a country can be faster if it moves alone, it can achieve higher goals only when it is in community with others.

“Last year was difficult, but I want to be optimistic, I have no other choice. We have a lot in common, we share a similar culture and what is extraordinary when we talk about Serbia and the USA is that in these two countries live young people full of ideas and perspectives of positive energy” he said.

“Serbia has had difficult times, but it understands in which direction it is moving. We want to be with Serbia at every step it takes. Let’s all have a toast to the friendship between Serbia and America” he added.

During his speech, H.E. Cristopher Hill touched on the words of one of the founders and authors of the Declaration of Independence, Thomas Jefferson, and pointed out that he explained the essential fact of democracy in just three pages and added that even after 248 years, those ideas are still alive and something we all strive for.

We want to be with Serbia at every step it takes

At the beginning of the ceremony, US Marines solemnly handed over the US flag to Ambassador Hill, who is the organizer of the ceremony together with his wife Julie, and then the national anthems of the two countries were performed.

The celebration of the USA Independence Day was also attended by the President of the Repulic of Serbia, Aleksandar Vučić, Prime Minister of the Government of Serbia, Miloš Vučević, as well as ministers Siniša Mali, Dubravka Đedović Handanović, Ivica Dačić, Marko Đurić, Bratislav Gasić, Goran Vesić, Slavica Đukić Dejanović, Novica Tončev, Dejan Ristic, Usame Zukorlić, Tomislav Momirović, Maja Popović, as well as the director of the Security and Information Agency, Vladimir Orlić, as well as the general director of MTS, Vladimir Lučić.

As for the nature of this important national holiday, there has been a variety of summer activities that have become associated with Fourth of July celebrations, including picnics, baseball games, fireworks, and many more.

As for fireworks, they date back as a tradition of Independence Day as early as the first anniversary in 1777.

John Adams wrote in a letter to his wife, Abigail, that he wanted Independence Day to be celebrated with pomp, parade, shows, and “Illuminations.” This original letter was written when Adams presumed that Independence Day would be celebrated on July 2.

Historic cities like Boston and Philadelphia are best known for their celebrations, through American music and reenactments of historical scenes

Although the Fourth of July is celebrated across the country, historic cities like Boston and Philadelphia are best known for their celebrations. Representing American music, the Boston Orchestra, which holds a concert on the banks of the Charles River, attracts a huge number of visitors. Philadelphia holds celebrations at Independence Hall where historical scenes are reenacted and the Declaration of Independence is read.


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