Happy Force Of July – Another Star Wars Party

It is an important year for us Star Wars nerds. Not only are we looking forward to the eighth instalment of the franchise being released in December, but 2017 also marks the 40th anniversary of the original theatrical release of Star Wars (later re-named Episode IV) a long time ago way back in May 1977. […]

Independence Day 2016 – “There is nothing so American as our national parks”, Franklin D. Roosevelt

History of the National Park Service “National parks are the best idea we ever had. Absolutely American, absolutely democratic, they reflect us at our best rather than our worst” – Wallace Stegner With the National Park Service commemorating its centennial in August, it seemed like an excellent opportunity for us to celebrate all things “national park” […]

Yee-haw, it’s Independence Day!

The cowboy is an undisputed American icon, and the 19th century westward expansion into the “Wild West” has been immortalised in popular culture for over a century. The American Frontier has been mythologised using tales of legendary outlaws such as Billy the Kid, quick-fire showdowns and raucous saloons, and is by far the most popularised […]

Independence Day 2014 – “Here Men From The Planet Earth First Set Foot Upon the Moon, July 1969 A.D. We Came in Peace For All Mankind.”

As I may have mentioned on a number of occasions, the American Independence Day holiday is one of my favourites. It is a party planner’s dream: highly flexible, fun and always colourful.  To date, we have had a Luau, a Star spangled Captain America homage, and an outing to Amity Island.   So what this […]

AMITY ISLAND: Birthplace of the Summer Blockbuster

  INDEPENDENCE DAY,  the most important of all US public holidays, has not been the same since 1975.   The terror invoked by the iconic “DER DUM” of John Williams’ award winning score, has changed our relationship with the sea forever. Jaws’ absence from the movie makes it all the more powerful, the suggestion of his presence fuelling […]

Captain America: Star-Spangled Super-Hero (Independence Day 2012)

O say can you see Captain Steve Rogers hosting his first 4th July party?! In 2012 , the release of the First Avenger movie triggered the start of a new theme-based approach to our annual Independence Day celebrations.  As the quintessential American patriot, the red, white and blue palette provided the perfect backdrop to this […]