US Embassy Celebrates July 4th with Philanthropy, Music, and Floodlit Buildings

ATHENS — The United States embassy will celebrate Independence Day (July 4th) this year with donations and virtual events, it said, in response to Greek government regulations that restrict large gatherings during the coronavirus pandemic.

US Ambassador Geoffrey Pyatt said that this year's unprecedented health and financial crisis and racial tension have challenged America, but with the help of democratic institutions and the people's unity they will be overcome. He also mentioned the significance of international ties as one of the lessons of the pandemic.

Among actions the embassy has done for July 4 is donate the funds earmarked for the annual reception to three Greek NGOs – Apostoli, Kivotos tou Kosmou and Faros tou Kosmou – as well as the soup kitchen of the Metamorfosi tou Sotira church in Thessaloniki, for free meals.

From July 1 to 5, the US embassy building in Athens will be lit in the colors of the American flag, while and the YMCA building in Thessaloniki will also be lit on Saturday.

Also on Saturday, July 4, at 1:00 pm, Greek journalist and dj Panagiotis Menegos (member of "Laternative" group) will produce a virtual rock 'n roll party on the embassy's Instagram page (@usembassyathens). The public has been asked through social media to contribute suggestions for songs celebrating America.

An embassy video featuring the ambassador and diplomatic staff will speak of the historic ties between Greece and the United States, celebrating Independence Day, at https://drive.google.com/file/d/1t4tgMf0jyKEs2VTgFsBv284A7HEJWCnq/view?usp=sharing.



NEW YORK - Changing tack from diplomacy that hasn’t worked, Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis’ firebrand complaints at the United Nations about Turkish provocations and aggressions drew an immediate parry.

Top Stories


A pregnant woman was driving in the HOV lane near Dallas.

General News

FALMOUTH, MA – The police in Falmouth have identified the victim in an accident involving a car plunging into the ocean on February 20, NBC10 Boston reported.

General News

NEW YORK – Meropi Kyriacou, the new Principal of The Cathedral School in Manhattan, was honored as The National Herald’s Educator of the Year.


“We Got Our Miracle”: Freed Americans Back Home in Alabama

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Two US military veterans who disappeared three months ago while fighting with Ukrainian forces against Russia arrived home to Alabama on Saturday, greeted by hugs, cheers and tears of joy at the state's main airport.

Enter your email address to subscribe

Provide your email address to subscribe. For e.g. abc@xyz.com

You may unsubscribe at any time using the link in our newsletter.