Statement by U.S. Chargé d’Affaires Arnold Chacon on the Fourth of July

July 4, 2021

Statement by U.S. Chargé d’Affaires Arnold Chacon on the Fourth of July


I would like to wish everyone a Happy Independence Day from all of us at the U.S. Mission to Canada.

Pandemic aside, there is much to celebrate, especially our strong relationship with Canada—the United States’ closest friend, partner, and ally. As we celebrate America’s 245th birthday, we also reflect on the ties that bind together our two nations. This year, the United States and Canada renewed our historic relationship and charted a roadmap that will ensure our countries continue to succeed at home and on the world stage.

  • As neighbors in a time of crisis, we rededicated ourselves to defeating the COVID-19 pandemic, collaborating on public health responses, and building resilience against future outbreaks;
  • As partners, we share a vision for a sustainable and inclusive economic recovery that ensures people have good jobs on both sides of the border;
  • As climate leaders, we are committed to working together and with our international partners to address the global climate crisis, including its effects on our shared Arctic;
  • As friends, we share a commitment to addressing systemic racism, unconscious bias, gender-based discrimination, barriers for persons with disabilities, and all other forms of discrimination and exclusion;
  • As allies, we agree that our security is a shared responsibility, and we commit to ensuring we have modern, ready, and capable forces to meet our collective defense obligations; and
  • Finally, as global citizens, we affirm our shared commitment to working together to tackle global challenges through multilateral cooperation.

With the road to the future of the U.S.-Canada relationship so clearly mapped, I am confident that the United States and Canada will continue to build on our accomplishments in the year ahead.

Again, on behalf of everyone at the U.S. Mission to Canada, Happy Independence Day!


Molly Sanchez Crowe
U.S. Embassy Spokesperson