Taichung’s annual US Independence Day festival is fun for the whole family, while eating contests are on the celebratory menu in Taipei
Date: Jun 26, 2015
By: Han Cheung / Staff reporter
In many countries, an American away from home would have to get creative when
celebrating the July 4, also known as Independence Day, doing things like cutting out makeshift American flags from magazines and planting them on hot dogs cooked on a stove because grills are not allowed.
There seems to be no such problem in Taiwan — there’s even a free, open to the public July 4 festival where people can go listen to country and rock music, eat burgers, drink beer and pretend for a second that they’re in America.
Taichung American Chamber of Commerce’s 21st annual American Independence Day Celebration takes place from 12pm to 9pm at the Calligraphy Greenway (草悟道商圈). Attendees can sample a variety of all-American fare and international cuisine and listen to the eight scheduled musical acts while their children play in a game area.
“We like to refer to it as the longest running international celebration in Taichung,” organizer Douglas Habecker said. “To my knowledge it’s the only public, large-scale (US Independence Day) celebration in Taiwan.” [FULL STORY]