This July 4th, we celebrate the 245th anniversary of the founding of the United States of America. Each year on this date, Americans around the world pause to recommit themselves to the principles enshrined in the Declaration of Independence, and to celebrate their freedom. This year, the U.S. Embassy will hold its celebration virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The program includes a ceremony presenting the American flag by the U.S. Marine Corps Conakry detachment, and performances by Arts Envoy Camille Thurman and Guinean Musician Gwada Maga who will sing the U.S. National Anthem and the Guinean National Anthem, respectively. In his speech, Chargé d’Affaires, a.i. Steven Koutsis reflects on the partnership between the United States and Guinea, stating “Our enduring friendship was etched into our stories long before COVID-19 or even Ebola. Since 1958, the United States has been a partner of Guinea. Through the years, our peoples’ shared pursuit of happiness has anchored our friendship. The guest of honor, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Guineans Abroad Dr. Ibrahima Khalil Kaba, echos these sentiments in his response, when he said “This memorable day is for the United States of America and the world. It is a historic symbol in the struggle of peoples for their freedom and emancipation. I welcome the message that conveys the image of the United States of America as a country that has renounced the racial and identity-based claims of the past and that intends to pursue the goal of understanding among peoples. This is reflected in the remarkable place that the United States of America occupies in the international arena.”
The pre-recorded program also includes performances by Les Ballets Africans and Griot Chieck Rahal Keita. The event will be virtually shared on the embassy’s website and social media platforms at noon on July 4.