You can be a part of the Indian Independence Day celebrations, no matter where you are in the United States. Most states and major cities have their own unique celebrations, reflecting the true diversity of America.
Ask any Indian American and he or she will tell you that it is always a bitter-sweet moment to celebrate the Indian Independence Day far away from the country. But it is also a proud moment for most to be able to commemorate the day, with the same vigor in the country they now call home. So, with the Indian Independence Day upon us, if you want to celebrate, then no matter where you live in the US, you would find a parade, an event, or a celebration just around the corner. As August 15 nears, here are some of the places across the country where you can celebrate the Indian Independence Day:
73rd Indian Independence Day Celebration, Embassy of India, Washington DC, August 15
The flag hoisting ceremony by the Indian Ambassador to the United States in Washington is open to all. Even though it is a free event, the registration is mandatory and guests are required to carry a copy of confirmation.
WHERE: India House, 2700 Macomb St NW. Washington DC
WHEN: 10.00 am-11.30 am
FIA India Day Parade, New York, August 18
Every year, the Federation of Indian Associations organizes a mega parade in New York, attended by Bollywood celebrities and prominent guests from India. Described as the world’s largest India Day Parade, this year marks its 39th edition. The grand marshal of the event this year is Bollywood actor Suniel Shetty. Other guests at the event are Gulshan Grover and Hina Khan. There will be parade floats, stage performances and more. If you are in New York, this must be an event to participate in.
WHERE: Madison Avenue, NYC
WHEN: 12.00 pm – 6.00 pm
India Day, Michigan, August 17
At the India Day celebrations in Michigan, there will be music and dance along with a wide range of lip-smacking food. The organizers promise a fulfilling time for the families with a parade and spicy fare. So, leave your mild American taste buds at home for a day and celebrate India with all the culinary goodness it offers. With an estimated 30,000 people attending the event, it is one of the largest Indian events in the area.
WHERE: Suburban Collection Showplace, Novi, Michigan
WHEN: 10.00 am – 8.00 pm
Indian Independence Day Celebrations, Jacksonville, Florida, August 17
This event, open to all members of the community, will be full of interesting cultural activities. Several regional associations will showcase colorful booths at the event. Before the cultural programs begin, the attendees will gather at the Gandhi Statue at UNF at 3.00 pm and pay homage to the Father of the Indian nation, Mahatma Gandhi, followed by a parade to the Robinson Theatrer.
WHERE: Fine Arts Center, University of North FL Drive, Jacksonville, FL
WHERE: 3.00 pm – 8.00 pm
India Independence Day Celebration, Sunnyvale, California, August 25
While many say that the Bay Area is one of the most culturally diverse places in America, the magic really comes alive on occasions such as the India Independence Day celebrations. This family friendly event will have cultural shows and comedy skits. There is also a sumptuous buffet included in the $15 fee.
WHERE: Sankranti Indian Restaurant, 727 South Wolfe Road, Sunnyvale, CA
WHERE: 11.30 am – 2.30 pm
India Independence Day Parade, Chicago, August 17
A colorful parade starts at the South Asian American cultural mecca of Chicago, Devon Avenue, and leads to California Avenue. The event is marked with great pomp.
WHERE: Devon Avenue, Chicago
WHEN: 11.00 am onward