July Fourth Celebrations Bring the American Tradition to Bulgaria
Close to 3,000 members and partners of AmCham has spent the 18th celebration of July Fourth at the American College of Sofia on July 7th. One could felt the American way and spirit of celebrations with the marching band of the Zlatitsa school and picturesque cheerleaders who greeted the guests at the very beginning of the event. “Georgi Robev” choir performed the American and the Bulgarian Anthems, followed by the ceremony with presenting of National Colors of the U.S. Marine Corps.
Peter Lithgow, AmCham president welcomed the guests by thanking members and friends for coming along and supporting this celebration.
“It is wonderful to see so many people at the American college of Sofia for this great event, to celebrate our collaboration and to enjoy foods and drinks, said Susan Sutton, U.S. deputy chief of mission on behalf of the American embassy to the guests. Susan Sutton thanked AmCham for putting together the celebration of America’s birthday.
The guests were also warmly greeted by Valentin Georgiev, executive director and Paul Johnson, president of the American college.
The fundraising from ruffles was collected for charity purposes. A lot of companies – AmCham members and their business partners contributed with 40 attractive prizes. Our master of ceremony David Hampson announced the winners of the fundraising ruffles. The contributors for the ruffles were:
Centransit.bg & Premier Luxury Mountain Resort – Bansko
Cheque Dejeuner Bulgaria
FPI Hotels & Resorts
Grand Hotel Sofia
Kempinski Hotel Grand Arena, Bansko
Kempinski Hotel Zografski, Sofia
Plesio Computers Jsc
Radisson Blu Grand Hotel
Sodexo Pass Bulgaria
Sofia Princess Hotel
Trimontium Princess Hotel Plovdiv
Yastrebets Wellness & SPA Hotel, Borovets
Teophoria, D2 and Fireworks
Two bands performed at the event: the young band Teophoria, and the famous D2 band: Deyan Kamenov – vocal, Dimiter Karnev, guitar, Krassimir Todorov, keyboard instruments, Alexander Obretenov – bass, Yavor Alexandrov and Dessislav Semerdzhiev – percussions.
There is no July Fourth party without spectacular fireworks, and every American knows about that. As it happened on July 7th - fireworks went off right at 09:45 pm.
July Fourth for Kids
The kids corner kept the children busy all evening on. There were bouncing castles, swinging gondola Captain Cook, jumping star, foam balls shooting, and lacrosse corner (a team sport of Native American origin played by using a small solid rubber ball and a long-handled stick called lacrosse stick). There was a charity gift bazaar arranged by BCAF and AmCham CSR committee.