DVIDS – News – Festa Americana: Celebrating American Culture and History in Italy

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(Story of Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Indra Beaufort / Naval Support Activity Naples Public Affairs)

NAPLES, Italy — This summer, service members and their families, Department of Defense civilians and local Italians flocked to the Festa Americana to celebrate America’s Independence Day at the US Support Site Naval Support Activity (NSA) Naples at Gricignano di Aversa, July 2.

The midsummer Festa Americana festival, organized by the NSA Naples Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) team and supported by various other organizations, was held to celebrate the independence of the United States of America and share American culture with the local Italian community.

The festival also symbolizes the strong partnership between the United States and Italy, and provides a festive opportunity for a unique cultural exchange.

“We are thrilled to have this event taking place at the Support Site and we can all come together and celebrate where we live,” said military spouse and teacher Kate Krusely. “This event teaches our children what Independence Day means.”

While most members of the NSA Naples community and Italian guests celebrated the event, volunteers and NSA Naples team members also ensured that all attendees had a safe and positive experience.

“It really does take a village to put on a successful event,” said Captain James Stewart, commander of NSA Naples.

Stewart delivered a speech thanking guests, families, volunteers and contributors to Festa Americana.

“Thank you to our host country and to those who have given their time and effort to keep us safe, not just for this event, but throughout the year,” said Stewart.

The NSA Naples support site was decorated with inflatable displays of Uncle Sam and visitors dressed in red, white and blue. The festival featured food vendors, a hot dog eating contest, and concerts by American rock band Essential Bruce Springsteen Tribute Band and American pop-rock band Aly & AJ.

“It was great spending time with friends,” said Danilo Bozza, an Italian from Naples who has been attending the Festa Americana for a few years.

“I tried the corn dog for the first time and I love the classic pulled pork,” Bozza said of the festival’s American food.

The Festa Americana concluded with the playing of the American and Italian national anthems and the highly anticipated colorful fireworks display.

“This is the 12th Festa Americana I’ve attended and the seventh I’ve coordinated,” said NSA Naples MWR Community Recreation Director Chris Kasparek. “It’s always a real pleasure to organize something like this and to see our American and Italian guests ‘keep smiling,'” Kasparek said.

Kasparek also acknowledged his team’s flexibility when a quick change of venue for this year’s event was required due to bushfires near the original event venue.

“When you have a great team with you, incredible things can be accomplished. This year, my team exceeded all expectations to organize a safe and fun event for our community,” said Kasparek.

NSA Naples is an operational shore base that enables U.S., Allied, and partner nation forces to be where they are needed, when they are needed to provide security and stability in European, African, and Central Areas of Responsibility. .

For more information about NSA Naples and the sailors who serve aboard the installation, please follow us on Instagram @NSANaples and Facebook at facebook.com/NSANaples/.

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Date taken: 07.02.2022
Date posted: 07.03.2022 10:58
Story ID: 424287
Location: NAPLES, IL






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