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Why are Danes celebrating the Fourth of July?


Every July 4, American expatriates across Europe gather in military bases and touristy bars to celebrate the red, white, and blue.

But in one locale in Denmark, it's the Europeans – not the Americans – who are leading the patriotic charge.

Since 1912, thousands of Danes have congregated in a national park to picnic before Old Glory, listen to speeches from American dignitaries, watch fireworks, and sing favorites such as "Home on the Range" and "Stars and Stripes Forever." It's called Rebildfesten, and organizers say it's the largest – and perhaps the only – official celebration of the American holiday by foreigners.

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