Finish the Sentence Friday is taking next week off, so they are asking us this week to finish the sentence: The best 4th of July I ever had...
That would seem to be jumping the gun a bit, but when I tell you about my favorite 4th of July you will see the timing is perfect.
You see, yesterday was my birthday. I was born exactly one week before the country (though some years later, contrary to what my children think.)
Although we always did some small celebration at home the day of my birthday, naturally all the relatives weren't going to get together for picnics 2 weeks in a row, so I got used to celebrating my birthday on July 4th.
This brings me to July 4, 1976. It was the bicentennial. It was also my 16th birthday. My family had a pass to a local swimming park, so not surprisingly we celebrated my sweet 16 right along with the country's 200th, with a big picnic.
This is my 16th birthday. Note the Red White And Blue cake. And the pie with 1776 written in the cream. And the little 1776 guys marching across the cake.
And my grandmother, who knitted each grandchild an afghan made my out of red/white/blue yarn. I still have it.
That night we went downtown and watched fireworks.
It was fun sharing the big birthday party.
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