The U.S. Embassy celebrated 239 years of American independence at its annual Independence Day event on July 2, 2015. Minister for the Government Office Sommad Pholsena and Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs Sounthone Xayachack were guests of honor and officially represented the Lao PDR at the event. Over 500 additional guests joined the Embassy staff on the grounds of the new Embassy on Tha Deua Road, including other senior government officials, members of the National Assembly, and Ambassadors and members of the Diplomatic Corps.
U.S. Ambassador to Laos Daniel A. Clune delivered remarks on the deepening ties between the U.S. and Laos, noting, “We are developing a new partnership between the United States and Laos, one that will continue to address the legacies of the 20th century while building a new relationship for the 21st century.” He described various sectors of U.S.-Laos engagement, including health care, education, justice sector reform, and environmental protection, as well as ongoing UXO clearance.
The Fourth of July celebration commemorates the adoption of the American Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. It is a day to remember the heritage and history of the United States and is often marked by firework displays and community events. This is the first time the Fourth of July celebration has been held at the new Embassy compound, which symbolizes the United States’ commitment to strengthening its diplomatic relationship with Laos.