4th of July celebrations earmarked for the city

THE US Embassy in Dublin is endorsing the inaugural Limerick 4th of July celebrations which will take place next week.

THE US Embassy in Dublin is endorsing the inaugural Limerick 4th of July celebrations which will take place next week.

The festival, which was the idea of Siobhan Downey and which is supported by Limerick Local Heroes will see a number of free events being rolled out over a five-day period.

The organisers hope the event can become a recognised feature on Limerick’s annual events calendar alongside the likes of Riverfest and the Pig ‘n’ Porter Tag Rugby festival.

A series of American- themed events - including a fireworks display over the river Shannon - will take place throughout Limerick City between July 4 and July 8, next.

Limerick Racecourse, Limerick Greyhound Stadium, local hoteliers, retailers and the Limerick Vintners Association have all pledged support for this year’s event.

The idea has been in the planning for a number of months and final preparations are being put in place to ensure a successful new festival event for Limerick City.

“Festivals are a superb way of encouraging visitors to Limerick City and this inaugural 4th July festival recognises the many links between Limerick and the United States,” said Colm O’Brien, chairman of the Limerick 4th of July celebrations.

“We are delighted to have the full support of the US Embassy. Their seal of approval is an acknowledgement to the hard work put in by the many volunteers who have come together to make this event a reality,” Mr O’Brien added.

It hoped that this year’s 4th of July celebrations in Limerick will put the city in a good position to maximise the year of the Gathering in 2013 which is about the people of Ireland inviting anyone with a connection to our country to come and visit.

For more details log onto www.4thjulylimerick.com.