The major event of the summer in Luxembourg is its National Day (Nationalfeierday) which was on June 23. Hopefully you celebrated all things Luxembourg at various parties, shows and events around the city. But if you’re an American, Independence Day will be right around the corner on Saturday, July 4th. If you’re looking for ways to celebrate America’s birthday in the Grand Duchy or surrounding area, here are some ideas for getting your Yankee Doodle Dandy on this year!
Barbecue in the park
Honor an American pastime by grilling and potlucking with your family and friends. The abundance of green space in the city makes for a great setting for grilling out and offers plenty of space for kids to run or to play frisbee, bocce ball, cornhole or American football.
Baseball – viewing party
What better way to celebrate America than to watch America’s favorite game with other baseball fans? Find your favorite team online and serve up some grilled hot dogs with all the trimmings…and don’t forget the apple pie!
Pitch your tent or park your camper in one of Luxembourg’s well-designed 5-star campsite (read more about camping in Luxembourg here) and decorate it in red, white and blue. This would be the perfect place to light up some sparklers with your kids if you can get your hands on some. Grill some burgers or steaks (are we noticing a trend here?), serve them with some potato salad and watermelon, and you’ve got yourself an idyllic Independence Day.
The American Women’s Club of Luxembourg hosts an annual event for July 4th. The event this year is an after-work dinner with spouses at Hitch and will take place on Friday 1 July. Check their website and facebook page for more details and to register.
If remembrance is part of your July 4th tradition, why not visit the American Military Cemetery in Hamm? This would usually be more of a Memorial Day activity, but it’s never a bad idea to show your patriotism by honoring the fallen and remembering the price they paid for freedom.
No, you won’t be able to see these in Luxembourg, but if you’re eager for a true Independence Day sha-bang, it will only take you and hour and a half to get right outside Ramstein Air Force Base in Germany where they do a huge July 4th celebration, complete with fireworks. As a civilian, you will not be able to get on base, but if you bring your beer and a cooler packed with your favorite goodies and park your car on any hill in the vicinity (Landstuhl, Ramstein-Miesenbach, etc..) you can easily watch the light show while tailgating with your friends.
In previous years, the Aldi supermarket chain has stocked some American goodies at this time of year.
Enjoy, my fellow Americans, and Happy Birthday U.S.A.!
Featured photo: Michael Dougherty/flickr (file)