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This year the United States celebrated its 246th Independence Day, while it’s not a holiday that is 100% celebrated in the Dominican Republic, Casa de Campo has become “home” to many American families that come to this island country to live or vacation. Our Casa Americans are no less patriotic than those in the “mainland”, and this year Casa de Campo got festive as well! On July 4th, Casa de Campo Resort & Villas celebrated the first edition of the commemoration of the independence of the United States. Throughout the weekend from July 1st to 4th, Casa de Campo offered its residents and guests a wide variety of themed activities and special offers for the whole family to enjoy! Starting on Friday kids and adults went out to the Teeth of the Dog driving range, to play a couple of rounds of Night Golf. This is a great activity for the whole family and promotes a relaxed and fun environment. Who would have thought hitting balls at the practice range could be so cool after dark?! With the added bonus of great food, drinks, and music this is one of those experiences that are not easily forgotten! The activities continued on Saturday with the Altos de Chavón Farmers Market; local vendors came together to offer an array of fresh produce, herbs, spices, flowers, and even baked goods. Here guests also found a beautiful selection of pieces made at our local artisan shops, as well as exclusive Farmer’s Market merchandise crafted right here in Altos de Chavón. On Monday, the community had fun decorating their golf carts for the RED, WHITE, AND BLUE CART PARADE that started at 5 pm at the Flamboyan conference center and wound its way through Casa de Campo before arriving at its final destination, Minitas Beach Club from where the 4th of July celebration continued. The golf carts were parked along the beachfront where the awards ceremony would take place giving the judges Rebecca Silvestri, Yollmary Genao, Gabriella Reginato, and Alessandra Avanzini the opportunity to look at every cart and decide who the winner was. It was an amazing activity! Some carts were extremely impressive and went all out, congratulations to all the winners! Over 300 people enjoyed live music by the Hitters, a fire acrobatics show, fireworks, and a whole display of allegorical delicacies created for the celebration under the guidance of Rodrigo Menéndez, culinary director of Casa de Campo. There was no shortage of traditional hot dogs, burgers, and barbecue stations with picaña skewers, pork ribs, and chicken wings. To the happiness of the children, there were also popcorn stations around the pool and carts with ice cream, cotton candy, and milkshakes.  This year’s 4th of July festivities were a great way to get creative and have fun! We hope to see a repeat next year! *Photos by Mairobi Herrera