Benalmádema. The American International Club Benalmádena and La Peña Americana from Fuengirola celebrated America's Independence Day a few days early last Sunday, with a traditional Potluck Party overlooking the sea in Benalmádena.
The US Consular Agent Roberta Aaron delivered the Independence Day address which was followed by a rousing rendition of the Star Spangled Banner.
Guests, who tucked into a traditional American menu along with other international delights, included over thirty friends from around the Costa del Sol, plus Bobbye Aaron (US Consular Agent), Benalmádena councillor Ana Scherman and Joanna Drozdowska (from (Benalmádena Foreigners Department). Also attending were Jeff Glenn (Peña Americana Fuengirola), Johnnie Wadley (Chairman of the American International Society Estepona) and Jim Thibault from the same society.
Live entertainment was provided by Antony Wolson and Mikey Blanco who treated the guests to a tribute to Michael Jackson.
Elsewhere, the Fuengirola chapter of The American Club held a July 4th party on the actual day at Dominique's restaurant, while Marbella Golf Country Club staged another event which included an open golf tournament, American-style barbecue and music supplied by Stelvis.
There are still events to be caught elsewhere along the coast this weekend. The largest will be in Malaga where a procession starting from Plaza de la Marina through to the cathedral will remember the role of General Bernardo de Gálvez in the Battle of Pensacola, a key turning point in the American War of Independence. This will take place tonight, Friday, starting from 7.30pm.
A reenactment that battle during which Gálvez defeated the British will take place on Saturday in his hometown of Macharaviaya. It will get under way from 9.30pm.