With the coronavirus putting a damper on Fourth of July celebrations in the US, the State Department is investing in celebrations around the world, according to a TMZ investigation.
At least five US embassies are spending big on fireworks displays, according to federal procurement documents obtained by the website.
The US Embassy in Madrid spent $67,551 on “mapping services for 4th July celebrations,” the website reported. Hong Kong spent nearly $50,000 on an “Independence Day reception 2020” while the Hanoi embassy in Vietnam shelled out $35,496 to rent a venue, and Bangkok spent $31,356 on a July 4 party. The embassy in Montevideo, Uruguay spent $12,871, according to TMZ.
Other US embassies, such as those in Berlin, Mexico City and Managua, Nicaragua, are throwing virtual parties because of the coronavirus pandemic.