German-American Friendship Festival Wiesbaden 2015

German-American Friendship Festival Wiesbaden 2015 -- Photo Credit: MWR Wiesbaden / U.S. Army Garrison WiesbadenWiesbaden, Germany — As summer is nearing, just like last year, Wiesbaden and surrounding residents may look forward to a colorful German-American friendship fest. From June 26 to Independence Day July
4 the previous PX grounds in the Hainerberg Housing Area between Berliner and New York streets will turn into a party mile.

“Wiesbaden residents and our neighboring communities have been welcoming us to their events with open arms,” said Garrison Commander Col. Mary Martin. “We work closely with our host nation counterparts on various topics, from aviation to leisure. The many cultural opportunities offered in the city and beyond are shared with our community every week. This really is our home in Germany. Now I’m looking forward to extend a return invitation and welcome our neighbors and friends to our community to celebrate a friendship that has grown over decades. I also want to say a big ‘thank you’ to the city of Wiesbaden and all who have
supported us for this nine-day festival.”

The fest will be located on the parking lot between the old PX and the Taunus Theater on Hainerberg and will offer rides, live entertainment with musical and dance formation and many other attractions. Numerous food vendors will offer German and American specialties. The fest grounds can be seen from afar by the Ferris wheel. The festival is open to all and ends July 4 with grand fireworks.

“Last year’s German-American friendship festival was very successful,” said Wiesbaden Lord Mayor Sven Gerich. “As I heard, especially the performances of Wiesbaden’s clubs went down very well with the U.S. festival goers stationed here. The fact that Wiesbaden clubs are invited again to contribute to the festival this year and to represent the multi-facetted cultural life of our beautiful city is part of friendship put into practice. It shows that the fest is achieving its objective – to bring people together. I hope this will be another success story and we will be able to attract many visitors to Hainerberg to celebrate together.”

The festival will be open Friday, June 26 until Saturday, July 4 from noon to midnight. Visitors are requested to refrain from bringing large bags. To the degree possible, please use public transportation, walk or bike. The closest German public bus stop is “Berliner Strasse,” other bus stops in the vicinity include “Haus der Ärzte”, “Abraham Lincoln Strasse”, “JFK Strasse” and “Hans-Bredow-Strasse”.

From the Brita Stadium parking, the festival grounds can be reached via the pedestrian bridge across Berliner Strasse. The Park & Ride grounds at Moltkering and Balthasar-NeumannStrasse
are a few walking minutes from the fest grounds, the P&R area behind the train station (Hauptbahnhof) is about 15 minutes to walk.

Local residents are asked for their understanding for possible noise.

For more information, see www.wiesbaden.army.mil (“Community Notes“) and www.wiesbaden.armymwr.com, see also “Wiesbaden German-American Friendship Fest” at Facebook.

Photos of last year’s German-American fest are available at
https://www.flickr.com/photos/wpao/sets.

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  1. Mr and Mrs Gene W Wines Cypress Texas 77433 says:

    This is so exciting for us old timers to see, and read about all the fun of the fest activities in Wiesbaden, After we served two tours in Wiesbaden, One in USAF 1960-1963, the other as Dept of Army Civilian Employees in Hq USMCA, on Paulenstrasse. 1981-1988. We are so attached to so many great friends and the wonderful German customs, we miss you all so much. During our last tour, we had the fun fest at Camp Lindsey AS, we had a huge carnival move in and help with games and fun stuff for youngsters, We both volunteered to work the ICE CREAM Booth. We sold a Semi-Truck load of Ice Cream in one day. It was so much fun to see all the great German children enjoying a little of America in the Ice Cream. What made it so easy they were delivered from the dairy in little paper cuts with plastic spoons. None of the items we sold harmed the environmental area of the fest. Hot Dogs were fun, Pepsi was huge sellers. We raised a lot of funds for the cause. Thanks a million for allow us to visit with all of you for our minute in the press. We miss you. Good Day.

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