Rebild National Park Society is the first Danish-American friendship association and has existed for more than 100 years. Through our community and voluntary work, we demonstrate the value of freedom, friendship, and unity between Denmark and the US.
Rebild National Park Society is mostly known for our grand July 4 Celebration in the Rebild Hills Bakker, Denmark. Here, thousands of people gather to celebrate the Independence Day of the USA. In fact, this is the largest July 4th celebration outside the US.
This is always an unforgetable day, filled with festivities, happy crowds, good music, and great speakers – mixed with new activities and cherized traditions.
The Rebild Celebration is the party of the year, and you are not required to be a member in order to participate. We look forward to seeing you in July!
To strengthen and support the friendship and cultural bonds between people in Denmark and the US.
We continue as the first Danish-American friendship association, which has existed for more than 100 years.
We celebrate the Independence Day of the USA every year on July 4 in Rebild Hills, Denmark.
We take part in promoting and benefiting our cultures with the American ideals of freedom and possibilities combined with the unique Danish interest in citizen welfare and the environment.
We wish to welcome new members in our community, especially from younger generations.
Many of the Danes who emigrated to the US over 100 years ago dreamed of a yearly, celebratory get-together with friends and family in their home country .
Therefore, in 1911, they bought a part of the heath lands in the Rebild Hills of North Denmark. Danish-American Max Henius took the lead in this grand undertaking. The following year, on July 4, 1912, the first Rebild Celebration took place in the Rebild Hills.
Back then, it was called “Emigrant Meeting”, but today we call it “Rebild Celebration”, and it is the largest celebration of July 4 outside the US.
Read the entire story in the book “Rebild Bakker”.
Author Helge Qvistorff wrote the fascinating book about the Rebild National Park Society’s 100th anniversary: De drog ud – men glemte ikke (English: They Set Out – But Never Forgot).
The book was published in 2012 at the time of the 100th anniversary. Shortly after, an interview with Helge Qvistorff was recorded.
Unfortunately, the book is now out of stock, but you can watch the interview here (in Danish):