U.S. Independence Day a Civic and Social Event

The United States celebrates its Independence Day on July 4, a day of patriotic celebration and family events throughout the country. In the words of Founding Father John Adams, the holiday would be “the great anniversary festival. It ought to be commemorated as the day of deliverance. … It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, …

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St. Paul’s Thanksgiving Day Service

For over a century, St Paul’s has had a special relationship with Americans. In 1903, J. Pierpont Morgan, the famous financier, donated the funds to bring electricity to the Cathedral.   Following World War II, the British people raised funds to build the American Memorial Chapel to replace the bomb-damaged east end of the Cathedral, which …

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Labor Day Marks Appreciation of America’s Workers

Labor Day, celebrated in the United States on the first Monday of each September, is the nation’s official commemoration of its workers’ contributions to national strength, prosperity and well-being. It also marks for millions of Americans the unofficial end of summer. America’s labor force is 154.4 million people strong, or about two-thirds of the working-age …

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Cultural Connections in Scotland

The following sites of interest are all in or around the city of Edinburgh and the region of Scotland. Other areas of interest include : Cultural Connections in London Cultural Connections in Northern Ireland Cultural Connections in Wales Alexander Graham Bell Birthplace The inventor of the (landline !) telephone was born in Edinburgh on 3rd March 1847. His family emigrated to Canada in 1870 and the following year …

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Thanksgiving: A Cornucopia of Culinary Traditions

In the autumn of 1621, almost one year after the English Pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock in what is now Massachusetts, they gathered with the Wampanoag Indians for a feast celebrating the colonists’ first successful harvest. A blend of Native American and English Puritan customs, the three-day celebration combined eating with expressions of gratitude and …

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Happy Birthday, America!

This year the U.S, Embassy London and Consulates celebrated the Declaration of Independence a little earlier than usual. Check out the photos on Flickr from the Embassy’s Independence Day party at Winfield House , the official U.S. Ambassador’s residence in London! We also created a 360-degree video of the fireworks –  you can rotate the view using the control in the top-left …

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Fields of Battle, Lands of Peace: The Doughboys exhibition in Grosvenor Square

April 6 marks the 100th Anniversary of the U.S. entry into WWI.  Standing side by side, the U.S. and the UK have fought together in nearly every war since WWI.  More than two million American soldiers, or Doughboys as they were known, served in Europe during the war. In commemoration, on  April 6 2017 the U.S. Embassy is …

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Centenary of U.S. Involvement in World War I

U.S. Embassy London will commemorate the centennial of our nation entering World War I throughout 2017. We invite the public to join us in educational programs, art exhibitions, remembrance activities, and outreach events to honor the sacrifices of the past, to highlight our Special Relationship, and to stand #sidebyside in securing a peaceful future. The …

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The Art of Resilience Exhibition, January 2017

U.S. Embassy London Cultural Affairs Office 18 January 2017 4.9 million Syrians are documented refugees; another 6.6 million are displaced within Syria.  Beyond these statistics of struggle and strife are stories of great courage, contribution, and creativity that serve as a testament to the spirit and strength of the Syrian people. The Art of Resilience …

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Americans Celebrate Christmas with Many Traditions

Christmas, celebrated by most Christians on December 25, commemorates the birth of Jesus of Nazareth. Americans, like many of the world’s peoples, have developed their own Christmas traditions and observances, and these have changed greatly over time. Today, most Americans blend religious and secular customs with their own family traditions, often incorporating food, decorations and …

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Nominate someone to attend a screening of Selma at the U.S. Embassy

We are offering two tickets to attend a screening of Selma at the United States Embassy in London. The film chronicles the tumultuous three-month period in 1965, when Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. led a dangerous campaign to secure equal voting rights in the face of violent opposition. The screening will be on 22nd January …

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U.S. Embassy London remembers the Centenary of the U.S. Entry into WWI with the City of London

Outdoor photo exhibition at the London Guildhall, April 2017. Fields of Battle, Lands of Peace: The Doughboys 1917-18 is an outdoor art exhibition, the latest in an acclaimed series photographed by Michael St. Maur Sheil, which documents the battlefields of the First World War and tells the story of the U.S. entry into WWI. The  exhibition  can …

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