Ireland paints the town red, white and blue in salute to our American cousins
Fireworks, BBQs and rock and roll will take place across the country this weekend as the nation gears up to salute our American cousins.
Just as our friends on the other side of the pond like to paint the town green on St Patrick's Day, Ireland will be painting the town red, white and blue today - July 4 - Independence Day.
US Ambassador to Ireland, Kevin O'Malley, kicked off the festivities at his Phoenix Park residence in style yesterday.
Mr O'Malley welcomed some 3,000 guests to his 'Picnic in the Park' which showcased a number of emerging Irish acts influenced by US music.
Meanwhile, New Ross in Co Wexford, the ancestral homeland of US President John F Kennedy, will host an Irish-America weekend.
The celebration is set to take over the town, with a jam-packed programme of events, including a carnival on the quay.