U.S. Consulate General in Rio de Janeiro Celebrates the 239th Anniversary of the U.S. Independence

The new U.S. Consul General in Rio de Janeiro, Mr. James Story, and his wife Susan Story, along with the Consular Section Chief, Michael Yoder, received nearly 300 guests on the sunny afternoon of June 30, to celebrate the 239th anniversary of the independence of the United States of America.

The event was held at the American School of Rio de Janeiro (EARJ), in Gávea.  In the picnic-style atmosphere, a change from more formal, recent July 4th events, Consul General Story and his wife greeted representatives from state and local governments, the Brazilian military, civil society members, business people, NGO leaders, the Rio de Janeiro Consular Corps, and alumni from various exchange programs sponsored by the U.S. Government.

The U.S. Marine Corps detachment honored the flags in an official ceremony, followed by the playing of the national anthems of Brazil and the United States.  Consular Section Chief Michael Yoder introduced newly arrived Consul General Story who welcomed guests, noting how happy he is to serve for the third time in Brazil, having lived previously in Brasília and São Paulo.  He stressed that U.S.-Brazil relations are experiencing a particularly vibrant and important moment with President Rousseff’s recent visit to the U.S., and expressed his eagerness to partner with Brazilian institutions to further enhance the relationship in the Consulate’s district, which includes Rio de Janeiro state, Minas Gerais, Bahia and Espírito Santo.

Click here for Consul General Story’s remarks in full. (in Portuguese only)

The event featured exciting presentations by youth involved with the NGOsProjeto Baseball Escolar, Luta pela Paz and Instituto Reação demonstrating their skills in baseball, boxing, Muay Thai,  Jiu Jitsu, wrestling and Judo.  The bands “Usina Sonora” (Thais Motta, vocal;  Gustavo Contreras, Sax; Adaury Mothé, piano; Pedro Aune, bass; Xande Figueiredo, drums) and “Old Number 7” (Arthur Gilligan and Benji Borges, guitar; Marcelo Rodrigues de Castro, drums) delighted guests with a repertoire of Brazilian and American music.

Guests were also invited to tour a poster exhibit featuring the long history of bilateral cooperation between the U.S. and Brazil, including bilateral events and agreements that contributed to strengthening the relationship in the last 200 years.

See more photos of the event on our Flickr page