US Embassy moves Fourth of July Celebration to June 4 ‘out of respect for Ramadan’

SHAFAQNA – Reports coming from Washington DC have confirmed that State Department intends to celebrate July 4th, a month early this year in several foreign diplomatic outposts out of respect for the coming month of Ramadan.

The US Embassy in Jakarta, Indonesia for example celebrated Independence Day holiday on June 4, so as to avoid any conflict with the month-­long Ramadan celebration.

US Ambassador to Indonesia Robert O. Blake and US Ambassador to ASEAN Nina Hachigian presided over the festivities, which involved brass band renditions of the Star­Spangled Banner and the Indonesian national anthem, Indonesia Raya. Blake explained that the theme of the event leaned toward “green” development, which supported the US’ focus on building and promoting a green economy and more environmentally sustainable development.

He also praised Indonesia’s performance as a fully functioning democracy, aiming for further collaboration between the two countries in the years to come. “The US will continue to support Indonesia in the future through its democratic achievements. Democracy is an American value which we have championed since [the country’s birth in] 1776,” Blake told the crowd during the festivities at his residence near Taman Suropati, Central Jakarta, on Thursday.

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