I'm in Berlin this 4th, attending a cardiology conference. I was surprised to find that they were celebrating the 'American' 4th with gusto here: there were paired German and US flags fluttering everywhere and a soundstage near the Brandenburg Gate that wouldn't be out of place in Milwaukee.
It turns out that a new American embassy is opening here today, and the city is celebrating. Inexplicably, the concert features Loony Tunes, but at least the hot dogs are off the grill and slathered with mustard.
So, Happy "AmerikaFest 2008" !