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    Independence Day Bangkok 2008

    Independence Day Bangkok 2008

    I was able to attend Independence Day in Bangkok this year. It was hosted by the American Chamber of Commerce. Tickets were 200 baht per person if you bought in advance and 300 baht at the door. There was free popcorn, cotton candy and face painting for everyone. If it was not for the heat and all of the Thais, I would have almost thought I was back home celebrating July 4!!




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    There were of course, all the elements of an American Independence Day celebration from back home.

    There were clowns and the ever popular "guy on stilts" -





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    There were many games and activities for children including a ring toss game and a face painting booth -




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    There was also plenty of beer, soft drinks, hamburgers, sloppy joes, tacos and hot dogs -







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    No Fourth of July picnic would be complete without the kids playing some American football, the guys flexing their muscles to ring the bell with a sledge hammer and my personal favorite - the dunk tank!!!







    After she was sent into the water!!!!

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    The next event was egg-selent! It was the egg toss and there were many participants eager to wear a scrambled egg.





    There were losers...........



    ......and a three way tie for the winners

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    wow what an event looked packed out



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    There were plenty of patriotic costumes.






    This guy should have put some sun screen on!!


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    Love my hot dogs. The tacos lacked cheese, methinks. But a fun time, I bet. And way cheaper than the Canada Day event (probably had federal and provincial taxes added to the tickets).

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    The Marines were out for photos with the ladies


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    This girl is flexing her military might.....or at least trying

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    There were also Vietnam Vets there as well.


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    Quote Originally Posted by daveboy View Post
    wow what an event looked packed out
    Yes it was!!!! That pic was at 2pm when it started. Here is a later photo.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Jet Gorgon View Post
    Love my hot dogs. The tacos lacked cheese, methinks. But a fun time, I bet. And way cheaper than the Canada Day event (probably had federal and provincial taxes added to the tickets).
    I went to the Canadian Day event. it was 800 baht a person as we had bought tickets in advance. It was 1000 baht at the door. That was for a picnic lunch, buffet dinner and soda pops. Beer and wine not included. We spent about 200 baht each on food at the Independence Day festival - hamburgers, tacos and sodas. Like I said the popcorn, cotton candy and bottles of water were free. I felt it was well worth it too.

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    Nice thread, Chi.

    I'm gonna have to get a faster connection. Just took me 20 mins & three 'refreshes' to view it.

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    Some excellent photos there chitown, you obviously didn't park yourself next to the beer and hotdog stands like i would of done.

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    The American ambassador was there and this lady sang the national Anthem.


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    The night began to settle in and the "Soi Dogs" were getting ready to perform.


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    The farang / Thai band began to jam....




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    Good pics Chitown

    I think you should have titled this thread " American Independance Day "
    though it does make me wonder what year the world will be able to have an "Independance Day" and whether I will be alive to see it.

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    Right after this shot, she missed and whacked herself on the leg with the hammer.


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    The rest of my fireworks shots turned out terrible. Any photographers have any advice for me for fireworks pics?

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    Very disappointed in the way these turned out.




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    Too fast a shutter speed? I normally turn off the flash and let the camera stay open 5 to 8 seconds.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dirtydog View Post
    Too fast a shutter speed? I normally turn off the flash and let the camera stay open 5 to 8 seconds.

    Do you use a tripod when you do that. I did not have mine with me and when I tried that it was pretty blurry.

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