Derek Davis reports from a garden party on the grounds of the US Ambassador's Residence in the Phoenix Park, Dublin where Americans celebrate Independence Day.

Patriotic Americans gather on Sunday, 4 July, 1976, at the Ambassador's Residence in the Phoenix Park, to commemorate and celebrate the United States Bicentennial. The 200th anniversary of the adoption of the Declaration of Independence by the United States of America.

The US Ambassador to Ireland Walter J Curley explains what the 200th birthday celebrations mean to Americans

200 years to us is the beginning of being somewhat beyond puberty

and the significance of the Irish in America

The United States of America wouldn't exist without the Irish... The Irish influence has affected the very essence of America. There is no part of American life that the Irish stamp is not on.

Happy party goers snack on hamburgers and refreshments  ans enjoy the entertainment including music by the Army No.1 band, face painting, pony rides, and a maypole.

An RTÉ News report by Derek Davis broadcast on 4 July 1976