U.S. Consulate General Celebrates 241st Birthday of the United States

Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse open the U.S. Independence Day reception
Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse open the U.S. Independence Day reception (State Dept.)
Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse open the U.S. Independence Day reception at the Kerry Hotel. July 5, 2017

On July 5, 2017, the U.S. Consulate General celebrated the 241st anniversary of U.S. independence with over 1,000 invited guests, the largest-ever Fourth of July reception in Hong Kong. Consul General Tong and Guest of Honor, Hong Kong SAR Chief Secretary Matthew Cheung, delivered remarks to the packed room. The ceremony opened with a surprise appearance by Mickey and Minnie Mouse, followed by the presentation of the colors by the U.S. Marine Guards, and a rendition of the “Star Spangled Banner” by Joy Carbonell, who was featured in the documentary film “The Helper.” Consul General Tong’s remarks can be found here.

Chief Secretary Matthew Cheung and U.S. Consul General Tong pose with Mickey and Minnie (State Dept.)
Guest of Honor Chief Secretary Matthew Cheung and U.S. Consul General Tong pose with Mickey and Minnie at the U.S. Independence Day reception at the Kerry Hotel. July 5, 2017
U.S. Consul General Tong and Chief Secretary Matthew Cheung (State Dept.)
U.S. Consul General Tong and Guest of Honor Chief Secretary Matthew Cheung toast to continued friendship between the U.S. and Hong Kong at the U.S. Independence Day reception at the Kerry Hotel. July 5, 2017