The large Indian-American community in the United States today celebrated the country's Independence Day -- popularly known as July 4 -- with community get-togethers and cultural extravaganza.
Thousands of Indian-Americans from across the country have left their homes and converged at annual conventions to use the long weekend holiday to meet and greet their community members.
Cultural programmes by Bollywood stars and those from their community back home are adding to the entertainment
value of the events.
These conventions have also attracted several star politicians from India.
Shiv Sena leader Uddhav Thackeray is attending the 19th annual convention of Bruhan Maharashtra Mandal (BMM) in
Philadelphia, which is being attended by some 5,000 Marathis from across the US. BMM is the one of the largest organisations of people of Maharashtra living in the US.
Several thousand Tamils are attending the annual convention of the Federation of Tamil Sangams of North America
in Atlanta, Georgia. Tamil superstars like Jeeva and Pasupathy, poets Kavi Perarsu and ISRO scientist Mylswamy
Annadurai are attending the three-day meet.