Fourth of July! (Give or Take a Month)

U.S. Embassy Bujumbura celebrated the 240th birthday of the United States of America a little early this year, and it was a ton of fun!

After a big tent was thrown up in front of the embassy, the decoration committee and I decked it out in red, white and blue!

The guests entered the party on a red carpet and were received by the senior officials of the embassy as they arrived.

The opening ceremonies involved a presentation of the American flag by the marine color guard, renditions of the U.S. and Burundian national anthems (our local staff choir performed the Burundian anthem!) and speeches by the Ambassador and the Foreign Minister of Burundi.

The guests mingled, snacked on hors d'oeuvres, quaffed wine, beer and sodas, and danced  to the tunes of a live band.

Happy birthday, oh country of mine.

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