July 4, 2014

WE'RE NOT THE ONLY AMERICAN JUTTS (self-reference alert):

Why are Danes celebrating the Fourth of July? (Gram Slattery, JULY 4, 2014, CS Monitor)

Since 1912, thousands of Danes have congregated in a national park to picnic before Old Glory, listen to speeches from American dignitaries, watch fireworks, and sing favorites such as "Home on the Range" and "Stars and Stripes Forever." It's called Rebildfesten, and organizers say it's the largest - and perhaps the only - official celebration of the American holiday by foreigners.

The festival started in 1911, when a group of Danish-Americans - members of the Rebild Society, based in Illinois - purchased a hilly piece of land on the Danish peninsula of Jutland, revered for its beauty since the age of the Visigoths. They then gifted it to King Christian IX, on the condition that it remain natural and available for an annual American independence celebration.


[originally posted : 7/04/14]
Posted by at July 4, 2014 1:18 PM
  
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