By THE NATION
The longstanding tradition brings together Americans, Thais and Bangkok residents of all nationalities.
There will be fireworks for the first time in many years and new additions including an expanded soccer tournament, a shopping alley, softball games and more game booths.
On the menu will be a wide range of Thai and American favourites, including barbecue, Tex-Mex and Greek-American cuisine, gourmet hot dogs and hamburgers, as well as Thai favourites, plus American craft beers.
Cactus Terrain, Dead Chillis, Ryan Holweger, Matthew Fischer & the Fishes and the Stumbling Swingout will play American rock, blues and folk throughout the day.
Football teams from the US, British and Australian embassies will meet for a friendly three-way tournament, after which a US Embassy representative will address the crowd, accompanied by the US Marine Corps Colour Guard, who will be presenting and posting the colours.
For children (and the young at heart), there will be tugowar, gunny sack races, an egg toss and a pie-eating contest. Kids can explore rides, go on a scavenger hunt and engage in crafts and make some slime.
Another highlight will be a raffle featuring prizes donated by airlines, hotels and restaurants, with all proceeds going to the Chamber Foundation’s scholarship programme, which last year funded 175 Thai university students.
More information and tickets are available through www.AmChamThailand.com/iday.
Shuttle buses will run between Bang Na BTS and the site from noon to 8.30pm. Free parking will be available at the school.