Today is the 236th celebration of America’s Independence. Sadly I will miss this 2nd favorite holiday (Christmas is of course #1) for the second year in a row. I have so many memories of 4th of July fireworks, carnivals, bar-b-que’s and parties over the years and for those I am glad. Last year we had only been in Bangkok for about a month and I didn’t even notice the passing of the 4th of July. This year is different and though it is only 2am back on the East coast of the U.S. I see people already posting pictures of the fireworks on Facebook.
Fortunately, I won’t have to miss the 4th completely this year as I now know that The American Chamber of Commerce in Thailand will be hosting a 4th of July Independence Day Picnic this Saturday July 7th at KIS International School in Huay Kwang! Those of you who want to join us in celebrating the birthday of the American nation can do so by traveling to the Huay Kwang MRT station and taking the free shuttle from there to KIS. The celebration will start at noon and last until 8pm.
No fireworks are planned sadly, but there will be all sorts of Independence Day fun on tap. There will be American rock and roll, folk and blues music playing all day long from the following bands:
- Bangkok Soul Jets
- Mekong Dr. Blues and the Groove Junkies
- Peter Driscoll & The Cruisers
- Soi Dogs Blues Band
In addition, there will loads of fun and games for the whole family including 3 legged races, Bingo (Golf’s favorite), an egg toss, watermelon eating contest (my favorite) and a tug of war. Kids can enjoy face painting, clowns, a giant wave slide and a rodeo bull.
Of course there will be food galore with the highlight being the 4th annual I-Day Chili Cookoff. I didn’t have time to sign up this year, but it’s on the calendar for next year. My chili rocks! Real American hot dogs, hamburgers, ribs and American beer will also be available as well as a large selection of foods from Bangkok restaurants Sunrise Tacos, Anantara Bangkok Riverside, Roadhouse Barbecue, and others.
Tickets are available in advance for 200 baht at the American Chamber of Commerce in Thailand offices or for 300 baht at the gate on the day of the event. Children under the age of 12 are FREE. Pattaya residents can get tickets from K. Naiyana of the Amari Orchid Pattaya (email: email@example.com).
I will definitely be there eating and playing and having a great time and I hope to see some of you there as well.
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