Fireworks Climax July 26 Celebrations

Sunday, 29th July 2007
Fireworks display in Monrovia.
Fireworks display in Monrovia.
Photo Credit: James M. Garresen, II/Executive Mansion
Monrovia, Liberia - President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf on Saturday joined thousands of Liberians in Monrovia and its environs to witness a spectacular display of fireworks, climaxing celebrations marking the 160th Independence Day Anniversary of the country.

The President, who performed the ceremonial switching to begin the fireworks display, was accompanied to the Barclay Training Center by outgoing Chinese Ambassador, Lin Songtian and other members of the diplomatic corp, the Vice President, Dr. Joseph Boakai whose office coordinated the event, as well as government officials.

Thousands of citizens including the young and adults thronged the streets, while others witnessed the display from their various communities in and around Monrovia. The fireworks display were the first Liberia has witnessed in well over two decades.

Conducted in collaboration with the government of China, Saturday night’s fireworks display were the second to mark this year’s July 26 celebrations. On Thursday, the city of Buchanan and its environs also witnessed a similar display to commemorate the 160th Independence Anniversary. The fireworks and services were provided by the Chinese at no cost to government.

Meanwhile, the President will on Monday host her regular radio call-in program, ‘Conversation with the President.’ The program to be broadcast from State radio, ELBC, will be relayed by several radio stations across the country.

An Executive Mansion release says the President is expected to touch on a number of national and sub-regional issues.