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Independence Day Celebrated in Warsaw
July 29, 2009   
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U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton issued a special July 4 video broadcast this year on behalf of President Barack Obama. "For Americans, July 4 is a day to reconnect with loved ones, to remember our history, and to renew our commitment to democracy, tolerance and justice," she said. "These are not just American values, these are core principles we share with people everywhere."

The American Chamber of Commerce chose the lush grounds of Warsaw's Królikarnia Palace as the setting for their annual Independence Day party on Saturday, July 4, drawing over 1,000 guests to the Mokotów district to eat, drink and dance on the grass.

American and Polish businessmen, diplomats and their families turned out for the celebration, one of the most important events on the American social calendar in Poland. The day marked the 233rd anniversary of the declaration of American independence in 1776.

The buffet was catered by the Sheraton Hotel, and for those seeking more casual fare, McDonald's was also handing out chicken McNuggets and salads. There were a number of games and activities on hand to amuse the younger guests, including remote-control car races, face-painting, an inflatable slide and lots of hot dogs and cotton candy.

Over zl.12,000 was also raised at a raffle. The money will go towards homes for orphans and abandoned children in Poland, said AmCham's Barbara Pocialik.
Hilary Heuler
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