This is my first 4th of July outside of America. On Monday, in District Meeting, we sang our American patriotic songs and it felt and sounded so good.
On Sunday, July 5 (which will be July 4 in America), the U.S. Embassy is hosting a celebration for 2 hours, with free hamburgers. President Dance has given permission for those serving in Riga (including the office) who do not have Church during the 1-3 p.m. time of the celebration, to attend. I'm looking forward to (I hope) hearing wonderful patriotic music and mingling with American citizens. We have to have our passports to attend.
They are building a new U.S. Embassy building on a much larger piece of property than they now have for the building. The current building doesn't meet the required security guidelines.