USA Day, Voorburg
|Psst...your Stars and Stripes are showing...|
|Cadillacs on parade.|
|The Oude Centrum features many boutiques and cafes.|
The festival enjoyed the long awaited arrival of summer with sunshine and warm temperatures, bringing out a sizeable crowd eager to enjoy both the event and the weather. Red, white, and blue decorated the historic district, with both stars and stripes and Dutch flags criss-crossing over the narrow main street lined with 1600s era brick buildings. Attendees got into the spirit with Hawaii shirts, toddlers in star covered outfits, and even Uncle Sam was spotted, though he looked like he wished he had left his blue coattails at home after some time in the sun.
|Mayor Hans van der Sluijs and U.S. Embassy Representative Michael Gallagher ride in back.|
|Eastend Sixteen Swing band.|
|Seeing though a different lens.|
At the end of the day, I didn't miss the fireworks. The celebration of friendship and understanding between two cities so far apart is one of the best tributes to Independence Day I have witnessed.