• Chele Sachs and Colonel Doug Sachs

    Chele Sachs and Colonel Doug Sachs

  • Alex Schinzinger, John Player, Anita Biziak and Candice Pether

    Alex Schinzinger, John Player, Anita Biziak and Candice Pether

  • Alex Sloan and her outside broadcast guest Penny Wong

    Alex Sloan and her outside broadcast guest Penny Wong

  • Michael Cadew-Hall, Chief Minister Andrew Barr and Dot and Peter Barclay

    Michael Cadew-Hall, Chief Minister Andrew Barr and Dot and Peter Barclay

  • A job well done for Penina Reid (USA) and Mark Simkin (Aus)

    A job well done for Penina Reid (USA) and Mark Simkin (Aus)

  • On with the show....

    On with the show....

  • A sneaky selfie gets a laugh.

    A sneaky selfie gets a laugh.

  • Ambassador John Berry and PM Tony Abbott

    Ambassador John Berry and PM Tony Abbott

  • The Honor Guard guards well

    The Honor Guard guards well

  • Curtis Yee......

    Curtis Yee......

  • Tony Abbott.... at rhe ready

    Tony Abbott.... at rhe ready

  • waiting....Marine Honor Guard at the ready.

    waiting....Marine Honor Guard at the ready.

  • Su Browning, Australian of the Year Rosie Batty and Deborah Cheetham

    Su Browning, Australian of the Year Rosie Batty and Deborah Cheetham

  • Ambassadors of Morrocco Mohamed Mael-Anin, Libya Musbah Allafi and Kuwait Khaled Al-Shaibani

    Ambassadors of Morrocco Mohamed Mael-Anin, Libya Musbah Allafi and Kuwait Khaled Al-Shaibani

  • Curtis Yee and Ambassador John Berry on the meet and greet circuit.

    Curtis Yee and Ambassador John Berry on the meet and greet circuit.

  • Dean of the Diplomatic Corps, Pedro Villagra Delgado and Ambassador of Japan Sumio Kusaka and his wife Ikuko Kusaka

    Dean of the Diplomatic Corps, Pedro Villagra Delgado and Ambassador of Japan Sumio Kusaka and his wife Ikuko Kusaka

  • Kauser Inamulhaq and Lieutenant Colonel Michael King

    Kauser Inamulhaq and Lieutenant Colonel Michael King

  • Stephanie Campbell and Harold Mitchell

    Stephanie Campbell and Harold Mitchell

  • Lieutenant Colonel Brent Reiffer, Colonel Peter Connolly and Group Captain Fiona Dowse

    Lieutenant Colonel Brent Reiffer, Colonel Peter Connolly and Group Captain Fiona Dowse

  • Sarah Malone and Stephan Albert

    Sarah Malone and Stephan Albert

  • ...that's a very big ball......

    ...that's a very big ball......

  • Michael Lazaruk and Hiroyuki Yamaguchi

    Michael Lazaruk and Hiroyuki Yamaguchi

  • Jarrod Thompson and Connor Campbell

    Jarrod Thompson and Connor Campbell

  • ...batter up.....

    ...batter up.....

  • Lieutenant Colonel Lara Bullpit-Troy. Lieutenant Colonel Brent Reiffer and Wing Commander Sonja Halloran

    Lieutenant Colonel Lara Bullpit-Troy. Lieutenant Colonel Brent Reiffer and Wing Commander Sonja Halloran

Independence Day Celebrations for USA 2015

30 June 2015

There are absolutes for USA Independence Day celebrations at the Ambassador’s residence in Canberra. It will be cold and most unlikely to be actually held on July 4, and all will be decked out in the appropriate bunting and balloons. The roses will be pruned to within a bud of their life, not a leaf out of place and the Ghiradelli hot chocolates, or something a little stronger, awaiting cold hands.

Ambassador John Berry and partner Curtis Yee mingle among familiar faces and new Aussie friends as the embassy staff and spouses also contribute to the good old hospitality that this event ensures. This year a first as Alex Sloan and her merry band of 666 ABC producers presented her afternoon show from a tent near the rose garden, while sportier types entered the field of baseball dreams that arrives every year in the bottom garden.
And then along came PM Tony Abbott for the formalities with the accompanying media onslaught. Ambassador Berry happily following along as push came to shove and all and sundry tried to get in on the meet and greet, and the selfie.

Departing this ‘birthday’ party and a gift bag of lollies and cup cakes was a bonus, most consumed before the day was out.