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A Historic Fourth of July

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Every year it’s the same old thing. The kids run around in the backyard through the sprinkler; we eat hot dogs and hamburgers off the grill. We go down to the beach to watch the fireworks while the mosquitoes enjoy attacking our skin. I guess it’s a typical American Fourth of July. But sometimes I wonder, what exactly is the connection between eating hamburgers and hot dogs and our nation’s independence? In fact, I’m pretty sure that if we were still a part of the British Empire, most likely, they’d let us eat hotdogs. So we’ve been thinking of a way to change it up a bit. And we’ve decided to make this year’s Fourth of July a bit of an educational experience by encouraging both the kids and adults to revisit the founding principles of our United States.

We were thinking of reenacting the signing of the Declaration of Independence. And instead of handing out cans of soda, we’ll hand out the roles of our founding fathers to the various cousins, aunts, and uncles. And hey, what kid doesn’t enjoy putting on a long curly wig? We’re going to have the kids read the Declaration aloud and then one by one, step up to sign with feather plumes. I’m sure they’ll fight over who gets to be John Hancock!

We’re still planning on BBQ—and for dessert we’re going to make Granny’s traditional flag cake. It’s just a regular white cake with Cool Whip as frosting. Then, we add blueberries for the stars, and strawberries for the stripes. And this year we’re going to have a state-naming contest. To finish it all off, we’re planning on gathering around the piano to sing “The Star Spangled Banner.” And of course, we’ll march down to the beach to see the fireworks and there we can reenact the Revolutionary War, with the mosquitoes as our determined enemy.

We’ll see how this new tradition goes. Hopefully, we’ll all learn something. It will at least make for some historic photos. And hey, if they all love doing it for years to come, I guess I can call myself the founding mother!


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