4th of July Celebration in Oslo

The Lincoln Monument in Vigeland Park, Olso.

4th of July Celebration in Oslo with Former Vice President Walter Mondale

This year, Nordmanns-Forbundet’s 4th of July observance at the Lincoln Monument in Vigeland Park will be held on Sunday, June 28 at 11 a.m. 

Every year since its unveiling in Frogner Park on July 4, 1914, the Lincoln Monument has been the focal point for the Fourth of July observance in Oslo. The monument, the work of sculptor Paul Fjelde, was a gift from the people of North Dakota to the people of Norway.

In 1914, Norway was celebrating the 100th anniversary of the signing of its constitution at Eidsvoll with a huge jubilee exhibition in Frogner Park. A large delegation from North Dakota, including Governor Louis B. Hanna, sailed to Norway on the S.S. Kristianiafjord to participate in the unveiling ceremony. The monument was unveiled with great pomp and circumstance. His Majesty King Haakon VII attended a festive banquet held later in the day.

This year marks the bicentennial of Abraham Lincoln’s birth, and a group of visitors from North Dakota will be in attendance during the celebration in Olso, including special guest, former US vice president Walter Mondale. Some of the attendants are descendants of those who were present at the unveiling of the Lincoln Monument in 1914.  Representatives from the American Embassy will also participate. Music will be performed by Kampen Veterankorps. 

The American Coordinating Council of Norway (ACCN) also invites everyone to a traditional American Independence Day Celebration. The ACCN 4th of July begins at 12 p.m. and is also located in Frogner Park. There will be family entertainment, great food, arts and crafts and much more. Admission is free of charge.

For more information see: www.accn.no.

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