For immediate release
July 1, 2022
PHNOM PENH, Cambodia – U.S. Ambassador to Cambodia W. Patrick Murphy and embassy staff welcomed more than 400 guests to the Hyatt Regency Hotel on June 30 to celebrate the 246e United States of America Independence Day.
Ambassador Murphy’s keynote address focused on America’s founding principles and democratic traditions – enshrined in the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution – and the long and enduring relationship between the United States and the Cambodian people.
“Every 4th of July, Americans celebrate who we are as a nation, our democratic values, and the ideals we hope to achieve,” Ambassador Murphy said. “We also like to have fun during these holidays, and in that spirit, our Independence Day event is a festive gathering of friends and partners.”
The Minister of Culture, Dr. Phoeurng Sackona, was also present and delivered a speech on behalf of the Royal Cambodian Government. Highlighting more than 72 years of U.S.-Cambodian ties, she said, “The Royal Government of Cambodia looks forward to working more closely with the United States of America to explore new avenues for a relationship and a more dynamic partnership in the best interests of our two nations and peoples.
The United States has been a strong and consistent development partner for Cambodia, providing more than $3 billion in assistance over the past 30 years. The United States is also by far Cambodia’s largest export market.
The United States will remain committed to the people of Cambodia and their aspirations for a more prosperous, democratic, and independent country where all voices are heard and respected.
The theme for the July 4th celebration at the U.S. Embassy was American music that has flowed through the course of U.S.-Cambodian diplomatic relations. Guests listened to top songs from quintessentially American genres such as hip hop, blues, rock n’ roll, R&B, country, folk, and pop. The Embassy also honored Cambodia’s impressive musical heritage, including the songs of Sinn Sisamuth and Ros Sereysothea.
The Independence Day event featured music performed by Khmer Magic Music Bus and the Hard Rock Band, as well as a moving performance of the two countries’ national anthems by Cambodian singer-songwriter Adda Angel.