UAE'sAmerican Expats Celebrate 4th of July with Space Wishes
Expatriate Americans in the United Arab Emirates are joyfully commemorating the 247th Independence Day on July 4th, which marks the historic adoption of the Declaration of Independence in 1776, signifying their liberation from British rule.
Celebrating American Independence Day in the UAE
Across the UAE, American residents have organized delightful barbecue parties and picnics, featuring mouthwatering dishes like burgers, hot dogs, corn on the cob, and the beloved American classic, apple pie. Embracing the festive spirit, UAE astronaut Sultan AlNeyadi shared captivating snapshots captured from space, showcasing two renowned natural wonders in the United States, as he extended his heartfelt greetings to all his American friends on the occasion of the 4th of July, The images captured by AlNeyadi portray the enchanting beauty of the Great Salt Lake in Utah, the largest saltwater lake in the Western Hemisphere and the eighth-largest terminal lake globally, alongside the mesmerizing San Francisco Bay Salt Ponds. The salt ponds, spanning approximately 16,500 acres, have played a vital role as salt evaporation ponds since the era of the California Gold Rush ,Accompanying his Twitter post, AlNeyadi included a caption that read: "Happy 4th of July to all my American friends! Sharing with you some snapshots of nature's remarkable artistry from this captivating land I've had the privilege to call home, where countless unforgettable memories were made."
Vibrant Celebrations of the Fourth of July in the United States
The Fourth of July, commonly known as Independence Day, brings forth vibrant celebrations across the United States, filled with grand fireworks displays, lively barbecues, cookouts, and spirited parades. Americans embrace this momentous occasion by indulging in sumptuous meals, hosting joyful gatherings, organizing picnics, and engaging in entertaining activities with their loved ones , Jay Treloar, the spokesperson of the US Embassy in the UAE, expressed the significance of July 4th, stating: "It is a special day for Americans to honor our independence and reflect on our shared history and nation's founding." Treloar, who has spent three Independence Days in the UAE, revealed his plans to celebrate with family and close friends at a neighborhood potluck, led by their Texan host, renowned for smoking the most delectable brisket in Abu Dhabi. Treloar eagerly anticipated witnessing the UAE's iconic landmarks illuminating the night sky in the patriotic colors of red, white, and blue, providing a sense of home away from home ,Meanwhile, some American families took advantage of the extended Eid Al Adha holidays to travel back to the United States. Taylor, an American expatriate residing in Dubai, seized the opportunity to return home with her daughter. Sharing their celebration plans, she said, "We are going to cook at home and watch fireworks," emphasizing the simple yet cherished traditions that bring families together on this festive day.