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Independence party draws in the crowds

14.03.2012 From our online archive
Visitors to last weekend's Independence day party could be forgiven for thinking they had crossed the Atlantic and stepped straight onto US soil.

(JB) Visitors to last weekend's Independence day party could be forgiven for thinking they had crossed the Atlantic and stepped straight onto US soil.

Though they had never left Luxembourg, the interior of the Conterstuff in Contern, was a convincing attempt at recreating the culture and cuisine of a good, old-fashioned fourth of July party.

Visitors could not miss the venue, which was emblazoned with a giant, 10-metre long American flag. Behind the barn a marquee was filled with bunting and tablecloths bearing the stars and stripes of the US flag meanwhile the mouthwatering aromas of spare ribs, burgers and hot dogs encouraged patriotic party-goers to celebrate in style.

American Independence day came a day earlier for the country's ex-pats. This year, the national day falls on a Monday, which is a work day in Luxembourg.

But, the premature timing did not stop the 500 or so visitors representing several nationalities from enjoying themselves under the blazing Sunday sun.

A bouncy castle and face painting kept children out of trouble while a line-up of classic American music provided a fitting backdrop to this special day.

The party was organised in collaboration with the American Chamber of Commerce, the Luxembourg American Cultural Society, the American Women’s Club of Luxembourg, Democrats Abroad Luxembourg, NAMSA and Republicans Abroad Luxembourg.

American Music Abroad

A special free open-air performance of live music from US music students will be held tonight (July 4) at 8pm in Pétange.

The American Music Abroad concert is an unmissable show, at which 85 talented musicians and 55 harmonious singers from American music colleges have been invited to perform.