If you are after any excuse to head into the Civic to King O'Malleys Irish pub, then Saturday 4th of July is the perfect day to visit and enjoy everything American.
Alternatively, if you were planning on going into the Civic to the open air ice-skating rink on City Walk, King O'Malleys nearby is a handy place to visit before or after your skating.
Organised by the Australian American Association, the days celebration for American Independence Day will have activities the whole family will enjoy. With cheerleading shows, giveaways, competitions, the chance to meet local sports stars, Twinkies for sale, American food and snacks, sports demos...this fun-filled day has a lot to enjoy for all ages.
Do you love American baseball, football or other sporting teams in America? If you have a team jersey pop it on for a chance to win a best dressed prize.
If you are an American here on holidays, or you have a link to America in some way, then it is a day where you can meet others in the community who share the same links. For everyone else it is a chance to learn about their sport, food and culture.
I personally worked in America for a few months at a Summer Camp, and despite trying S'mores (marshmallows melted in the fire then squashed between two Graham crackers and a piece of Hershey bar...mmm..), and other American delights, I have never tried a Twinkie. Proceeds from sales of Twinkies on the day will raise money towards their AAA Scholarship program.
One brand of Twinkies sold in America.
The Australian American Association Canberra Scholarship provides support to young Canberrans to travel to the United States to advance in an area of study, research or project that will benefit their career or personal development.
King O'Malleys is an award winning pub on City Walk, named after the politician who decided where Canberra was to be built. Ironically King O'Malley himself was born in North America (it seems unclear if it was America or over the border in Canada) and he wasn't entirely sure of his own birthday, so he celebrated it on the 4th of July. So King O'Malleys Pub is a fitting place to hold these Independence Day celebrations.
Portrait of the man himself at King O'Malleys Irish pub, photo courtesy of their website.
After you finish your American celebrations, go and enjoy the ice skating rink set up in the City Walk - the perfect way to finish a day out with the family.
If you have an open fireplace at home this winter, perhaps give my Aussie version of S'mores a try using marshmallows roasted in the fireplace and then squashed between two choc wheaten biscuits...messy, but the kids love them. They will be wanting S'more, S'more!