July 4th Celebration at the CCNN

La Embajadora Dogu durante su discurso

Good evening everyone – Happy Fourth of July!

I am happy to be part of this celebration.  Thank you, María Jiménez and CNN, for inviting me.

Fourth of July marks the celebration of the United States Independence Day.  Our founding fathers signed the Declaration of Independence in 1776.  This is a day of celebration for everyone, children and adults.  We celebrate at fairs and parks, at the beach and on the streets, and in our own backyards.

It is a national celebration that has grown with patriotic passion.  You can see the flags everywhere and the celebration starting early with family picnics and barbecues.

It is a day full of concerts, games, meetings, and parades.  Each state puts a local twist to the celebration.  For instance, people in Texas usually enjoy rodeo shows; in California people like to spend the day at the beach.  In Kentucky there are jazz festivals, while in New York it is common to go to the Coney Island amusement park.  Also, the Declaration of Independence is read to a huge crowd at the Boston city hall.

What I remember from my childhood is the picnics, pony treks, and swimming competitions we used to enjoy and the food, which was always abundant!

This is also a traditional day for the celebration of car races and big baseball games.  But what we all look forward to with enthusiasm is the great evening event: the impressive fireworks.

Even though Independence Day celebrations have evolved, 4th of July celebrations continue to be an important part of the lives of Americans.  It is a day inspired on the defense of individual freedoms and the respect for human rights.

Let’s continue our celebration!

And thank you very much.