The spirit of Detroit came to Ottawa as United States Ambassador to Canada Bruce Heyman and his wife, Vicki, hosted nearly 4,000 guests at Lornado, the Ambassador’s official residence, for U.S. Embassy Ottawa’s annual Fourth of July celebration.
The Independence Day party’s theme was “Motor City Rising.” Guests sampled Michigan culinary treats like bumpy cupcakes, square-shaped Detroit pizza, and McClure’s pickles, while Toronto band The Digs kept the dance floor moving with a selection of classic Motown tunes. Lornado’s grounds offered sights of yesterday and tomorrow, as classic cars from the early years of Detroit’s auto industry sat alongside brand-new cars showcasing the industry’s future.
Welcoming the guests to their home, Ambassador and Mrs. Heyman shared the stage with Canadian Minister of Foreign Affairs Rob Nicholson, as all spoke about the close relationship the United States and Canada share. The Heymans also reflected on the fifteen months since they arrived in Canada, praising Canadians from coast to coast to coast for their warmth and hospitality.
“Vicki and I would like to use this opportunity to thank each and every one of you for sharing your incredible country with the two of us,” Ambassador Heyman said. “This first year in Canada has been one of the most memorable years of our lives. We feel honoured to call Ottawa and Canada our home.”