By Kourtney Moody

Every year on July 4, America celebrates its independence with fireworks, parades and barbecues. While we enjoy the fun-filled holiday, USO volunteers and staff constantly think about the service members serving far from home who could not celebrate with their family and friends.

Take a look at how USO centers around the globe brought a little bit of home to our service members this Fourth of July!

1. USO Grafenwoehr

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USO Grafenwoehr held a serious watermelon eating contest in Germany, but that is not all. DJ Biskit brought the energy as barbecue was being served. Dancing, games and giveaways followed.

2. USO Vicenza

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USO Vicenza celebrated Independence Day by serving one of many America’s favorite desserts with an Italian twist: gelato in hand-dipped chocolate waffle cones, bringing together both Italian and American cultures.

3. USO Camp Aachen

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Camp Aachen USO in Germany served barbecue to more than 100 rotational service members. They enjoyed grilled burgers, hot dogs, music, field games and, most importantly, cake.

4. USO Kandahar

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It was a hot day in Afghanistan. To cool off, USO Kandahar hosted a Field Day and water balloons and kid pools were part of the fun!

5. USO Camp Humphreys

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A concert is a must on Independence Day. The USO Show Troupe put on quite a show at USO Camp Humphreys in South Korea. A special thank you to USAG Humphreys Family and MWR for making this show happen.

6. USO Southwest Asia

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USO Southwest Asia staff flexed before hosting fun events for our deployed service members. They can check off a “quality picture in front of the American flag” off their bucket list.

7. USO OB Fenty

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How many cowboy hats do you see in Afghanistan? We’re guessing not many! USO OB Fenty held a military-only raffle where lucky winners received a TV, Xbox and more.

8. Bob Hope USO

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Bob Hope USO made an appearance at the Huntington Beach 4th of July party, and guess what? They were awarded the “Best Display of Civic Pride.” The pride our USO volunteers have for service members never goes unnoticed. Let’s hope they display the trophy in their center that provides direct service to over 100,000 military members and their families in Southern California.

9. USO Naples

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USO Naples loves a good selfie (and we do, too). They had a fun time serving free ice cream floats to our service members and their families as they enjoyed food, sun and games in Italy.

10. USO Futenma

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These grill masters took a quick break to flex for our service members before getting back to work and serving food for those stationed on Okinawa. USO Futenma celebrated with American decorations, cookie cakes, hot dogs and more.