Minneapolis — Somali and American Independence Days were celebrated at a block party in Lake Street in Minneapolis Tuesday, July 4th, 2017.
“Celebrating the Somali American Independence days on July 4th, is great and proud moment for our community,” said Abdul Ibrahim, who along with Mohamed Ali and Mohamud Isse (Hiirey) coordinated the event.
The event to celebrate both Somalia and America’s independence days featured music, speeches and Somali traditional dance performed by the Somali Museum Dance Troupe.
Members of the Somali American community who attended the event danced in the street to the music while children played games.
While most of the children had sky blue Somali flag and the colors of the American flag painted on their cheeks, their parents and adult participants were proudly waving both the American and Somali flags.
Abdirizak Bihi, who is a local community activist and leader said, “The event was great opportunity for the Somali-American community to celebrate their homeland and current home of America’s independence days”.
The event coordinators said they will hold a similar Independence Day celebration next year at the same location and day.
The Somali American Community (SAC), Bulsho non-profit organization, Sabri Properties, Uptown Urgent Care and local Somali businesses provided financial support for the celebration.