Limerick to host July 4th celebration

Anne Sheridan

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Anne Sheridan

lHannah Downey, Claire O'Sullivan, Carmen Bailey and Alia Aswad of St Michael's National School are looking forward to Limerick's 4th of July celebrations
LIMERICK will be decked out in red, white and blue this July to celebrate American Independence Day with a range of events around the city next weekend.

LIMERICK will be decked out in red, white and blue this July to celebrate American Independence Day with a range of events around the city next weekend.

Following on from the success of the inaugural festival last year, Limerick’s 4th July festival will host a range of events on the weekend of July 6 and 7. The festival is run by a team of local volunteers with the aim of making Limerick the prime destination for any Americans in Europe during their national day of celebrations.

Local business owner Siobhan Downey originally came up with the idea of Limerick celebrating this day.

“I believe Limerick has the potential to be the number one destination for any Americans on this side of the Atlantic looking to celebrate their national holiday,” said Siobhan.

Festival volunteer Tim Kelly of Kelly Travel said Limerick has very strong links with the United States with many American multinationals employing scores of people in the city and county.

“Foreign direct investment is vital for the local economy and we have to do everything we can to make potential investors and employers feel welcome in Limerick,” he said.

The main festival event is the free American style picnic and family fun day in the People’s Park from 11.30am to 5.30pm on Saturday July 6, with American music, food and games along with the annual Limerick Animal Welfare dog show fundraiser.

The celebrations don’t end there though, as there will also be festival fun at the Milk Market; an American Roller Party in the City East business park in Ballysimon from 6.30pm-8.30pm, where American passport holders will receive a 50% discount; a ‘Route 66’ event with a tour of Limerick pubs participating in the day, and an All American Race Day at Limerick Racecourse on Sunday, July 7.

All American passport holders can enjoy free admission to the racecourse.

For a full list of events visit 4thJulyLimerick.com or follow the festival on Twitter @4thjulylimerick or find them on Facebook.