By Punch Pulse Correspondent Niki Clark
The last place that you’d think is the ideal place to celebrate the 4th of July—the quintessential American holiday—is the Canadian Embassy. But that’s where I found myself this Independence Day, and the celebration was as American as it gets.
If you’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 hadn’t seen the original one but with Steve Carrel as the main character, I knew it’d be something I’d enjoy, and I was right.
Following the movie, hundreds of people gathered underneath the open air pavilion for an All-American feast—hamburgers, hotdogs, French fries and cupcakes. There were Canadian touches, of course. Gravy and cheese were optional toppings for the fries and Molson’s was the featured beer.
At the end of the night, we had a prime spot watching fireworks. It’s the second time this year that I’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.
Punch Pulse Correspondent Niki McMillan is a part time photographer; full time Red Crosser and 24/7 big sister to fellow puncher Lindsey. She loves travel, puppy kisses (especially from her own, ichabob) and invites to bourbon-orientated events.