The US embassy in Rwanda on July 4, celebrated its country’s Independence Day to mark 243 years of freedom and liberation from colonial power. This day also coincides with Rwanda’s liberation day celebrations.
Independence Day, commonly known as the Fourth of July, is a federal holiday in the United States commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, declaring independence from the Kingdom of Great Britain.
US Independence Day is commonly associated with fireworks, parades, barbecues, carnivals, fairs, picnics, concerts, baseball games, family reunions, and political speeches and ceremonies, in addition to various other public and private events celebrating the history, government, and traditions of the United States.
The US ambassador in Rwanda, Donald W. Koran, hailed the bilateral relationship between Rwanda and the US government saying that the two countries share a similar history and the through their struggles were able to overcome the colonial rule.
Koran said that America’s Independence Day marks the date in 1776 when the country’s Founding Fathers signed the Declaration of Independence
He explained that the US declaration of independence was very significant especially in restoring of civil rights and especially the right for every US citizen to vote and equality of all Americans- which was not the case but was made possible because of some national heroes like Martin Luther King among others.
Rwanda’s Minister for Foreign Affairs, Louse Mushikiwabo hailed the US government for playing a major role in the development of Rwanda and as a key partner in the economic growth, democracy, peace and development of Information Technology programs in Rwanda.