• Visitors to the American Beach in Tirrenia have fun coloring on a large wall mural during the Independence Day celebration.

    Writing on the wall

    Visitors to the American Beach in Tirrenia have fun coloring on a large wall mural during the Independence Day celebration.

  • Camp Darby's 31st Munitions Squadron Airmen fire up the grill to serve a typical American barbecue at the Independence Day celebration.

    Chicken and ribs

    Camp Darby's 31st Munitions Squadron Airmen fire up the grill to serve a typical American barbecue at the Independence Day celebration.

  • Soldiers from the 511th Military Police Platoon in Camp Darby, Italy make sure everyone stayed safe at the Independence Day celebrations at the American beach.

    Serve and protect

    Soldiers from the 511th Military Police Platoon in Camp Darby, Italy make sure everyone stayed safe at the Independence Day celebrations at the American beach.

  • A child in his red, white and blue swimsuit tries to out run the Mediterranean waves during July Fourth celebrations in Tirrenia, Italy.

    The American Beach in Tirrenia

    A child in his red, white and blue swimsuit tries to out run the Mediterranean waves during July Fourth celebrations in Tirrenia, Italy.

  • The rockets red glare light up the sky as Camp Darby community members and tourist watch the display from the sea side of the American Beach in Tirrenia.

    Rockets red glare

    The rockets red glare light up the sky as Camp Darby community members and tourist watch the display from the sea side of the American Beach in Tirrenia.

TIRRENIA, Italy- Hundreds of visitors flocked to the American Beach in Tirrenia to celebrate Independence Day with games, barbecue, sports and fireworks.

American classic touch football and beach volleyball had Americans and Italians laughing and diving in the sand. While children enjoyed coloring on a huge wall mural, making sand candy out of colored sugar and running around waving American flags.

One family that had come from Korea to visit relatives in Vicenza over the holidays said they decided to bring the whole gang down to Camp Darby so the kids could get a feel of a down home Fourth of July celebration.

As the sun set the Mediterranean breeze started to pick up and there was some concern by visitors sitting along the beach front if the storm clouds in the distant would hold off until after the fireworks display. Independence Day fireworks were canceled at the last minute that past two years. Fortunately, the clouds remained at bay and the crowd oh\'d and ah'd for the next half hour as the bright burst of color danced across the sky.

The festival at the American Beach, which is run by Family, Morale, Recreation and Welfare, was free, according to Diane Anderson, FMWR business and recreation manager.

"The Fourth of July Celebration at the American Beach is a great example of Morale, Welfare and Recreation's commitment to the Army Family Covenant by providing a fun filled day for service members, civilians and their families," said Anderson.

Through out the summer, U.S. military members and their families, DOD civilians, retirees and NATO ID card holders can relax on the Italian Riviera, renting chairs and umbrellas, paddle boats, and body boards. Twice a month, beach goers can also enjoy a special evening meal as the sun sets over the Mediterranean Sea.

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