On Saturday, July 1, over 800 guests gathered at the Latvian Ethnographic Open-Air Museum to celebrate the 241st anniversary of U.S. Independence at AmCham's annual Picnic Celebration. AmCham began hosting the event in 2016. Previously the U.S. Independence Day Celebration was put on by the U.S. Embassy.
The Open-Air Museum offered a sprawling landscape with scenic views of Jugla Lake and traditional Latvian housing, which was open to the picnic guests for viewing. Despite spurts of rain, the venue was brimming with guests throughout the day.
Guests enjoyed a variety of traditional American foods and beverages and participated in numerous fun, family-friendly activities put on by Picnic Sponsors. Picnic Sponsors showcased their creativity through the activities they brought to the picnic. Guests could choose to indulge in a dry-ice "scienticfic cocktail" made by Zinoo, to paint a shipping crate provided by Gosselin, to play American football with the Riga Lions and more.
Live music performed by Cathouse Radio was a huge hit. Cathouse Radio's sets, along with the U.S. and the Latvian National Anthems performed by the National Armed Forces Orchestra and remarks made by AmCham President Ēriks Eglītis, the U.S. Ambassador to Latvia, Nancy Bikoff Pettit and Member of the Board of our Primary Sponsor Citadele Bank, Uldis Upenieks kept the atmosphere lively and entertaining throughout the day.
The event program included:
This year's picnic would not have been possible without the generous support from our Picnic Sponsors. Guests had the opportunity to enjoy everything from delicious food and drink to delightful activities because of the provisions of our supporters.
This year, the Primary Sponsor of the U.S. Independence Day Picnic was Citadele Bank
. Citadele offered two truly wonderful activities: an enchanting hair-braiding station and a virtural "mind-reading" game. Both activities were big hits and kept Citadele's tent buzzing throughout the day.
We are grateful to our in-kind sponsors for providing a proper American feast: Hamburgers from McDonalds
and Radisson Hotels
, muffins from Bellevue Park Hotels
, beer from Valmiermuiža
, pizzas from Pizza Hut
and chicken snacks from KFC
, snacks from Dome Hotel & Spa
, ice-cream from Rūjienas saldējums
, scrips and sweets from Orkla Confectionery & Snacks
, donuts and coffee from Ze Donats
, cider from Tālavas sidrs
, bagels from Cannelle
, hotdogs from Nākotne
& cake from Pullmann Riga Old Town Hotel
Thank you to all those who attended and participated in this year's U.S. Independence Day Picnic Celebration! We look forward to seeing you again at next year's event!