Consul General Anne Callaghan welcomed over 400 guests to the celebration of the 238th anniversary of American Independence at her 4th of July garden party. During her remarks, she underlined the milestones in U.S.-Canada relations which have taken place during the last 3 years, such as the launch of an American Chamber of Commerce in the Pacific region and the growth of business flowing in both directions across the border. As this was CG Callaghan’s last 4th of July in Vancouver, she also took some time to reminisce about the highlights of her 3 year tenure in Vancouver and warmly thanked her colleagues and partners who have helped make this posting so memorable. CG Callaghan’s remarks were followed by those of BC Minister of Technology, Innovation and Citizen Services Andrew Wilkinson, who extended greetings on behalf of the provincial government of BC and expressed their gratitude and best wishes to CG Callaghan.
The celebration also included several exciting entertainment highlights. On the musical side, guests were treated to the singing of the American and Canadian national anthems by the acclaimed Vancouver-based men’s choir, Chor Leoni, as well as a set by the up and coming West Coast country band, One More Girl. Guests were also treated to an appearance by several representatives of the Super Bowl-winning Seattle Seahawks organization and had the unique opportunity to see the Vince Lombardi Trophy up close.
As U.S. Embassies and Consulates around the world celebrated America’s Independence Day, it was an especially touching event here in Vancouver as both the programming and all those in attendance representing both nations and many industries were a testament to the special relationship between the U.S. and Canada.
Happy July 4th!