By Punch Pulse Correspondent Niki ClarkÂ
The last place that youâ€™d think is the ideal place to celebrate the 4th of Julyâ€”the quintessential American holidayâ€”is the Canadian Embassy. But thatâ€™s where I found myself this Independence Day, and the celebration was as American as it gets.
If youâ€™ve never been, the Canadian Embassy is one of the more beautiful structures in downtown DC. Draped in both Canadian and American flags, country of origin made no matter as guests were welcomed in the sincere friendliness that is typical of our neighbors to the north.
The evening started with an inclusive premiere of Despicable Me 2. The theatre was packed, laughter from both kids and parents echoing off the walls. While I hadnâ€™t seen the original one but with Steve Carrel as the main character, I knew itâ€™d be something Iâ€™d enjoy, and I was right.
Following the movie, hundreds of people gathered underneath the open air pavilion for an All-American feastâ€”hamburgers, hotdogs, French fries and cupcakes. There were Canadian touches, of course. Gravy and cheese were optional toppings for the fries and Molsonâ€™s was the featured beer.
At the end of the night, we had a prime spot watching fireworks. Itâ€™s the second time this year that Iâ€™ve attended at events at the Embassy, including the Inaugural Celebration, both uniquely American festivities. And although it seems an odd fit, they both were the perfect match.
Two thoughts crossed my mind as we walked back with the masses on our way home. 1. The Canadians are a super friendly bunch and 2. They sure know how to throw a good party. There are a number of events and exhibitions at the Embassy; check them out here.