The Rebild Celebration on July 4 – American Independence Day.
Danes and Danish Americans celebrate the American Independence Day at the largest and only 4th of July event outside USA.
A forerunner of the Rebild Celebration was held in connection to the national exhibition in Aarhus in 1909. However, Max Henius (1859-1935) wanted to create an annual recurring gathering point for Danish Americans, and bought 77 hectares heath land (Rebild Bakker) in 1910, which purpose was to be the hosting location. The money came from donations from Danish Americans, and the plan was to give the land to the Danish Government and in return the land could be used for the 4th of July celebrations every year.
The first Rebild Celebration took place on august 5, 1912, and had already been planned when King Frederik 8. died on May 5, 1912. Stories said that the late date was due to national mourning after his death.
At the first celebration, 10-15,000 people came, among others to hail the new king, King Christian 10.
With exception of 1913 and during World Was 1 and 2, every year the celebration has reoccurred in the heathery hills. Many celebrities has also been at the celebration such as
kings and queens, Jeppe Aakjær, Thorvald Stauning, Johannes V. Jensen, Walt Disney, Richard Nixon, Danny Kaye, Piet Hein, Victor Borge and many more.
The celebrations has a great support in the local area, and has throughout the years been well-attended with as much as 50,000 guest in 1948.
Location: Rebild National Park, Rebild Bakker
Organiser: Rebildselskabet, Rebildvej 29, Rebild 9520 Skørping. Phone: +45 98 39 14 40 - +45 22 18 20 40