Happy Birthday America! *

Looking for a fun and unique way to celebrate America’s Birthday?  Here is how we’ve celebrated for over 30 years!

Birthdays call for special food and our annual 4th of July breakfast features the once-a-year Red (strawberries or raspberries), White (whipped cream in a can for fun distribution) and Blue (blueberries) waffles.

Did I mention…we celebrate outside on the picnic table and the large flag hangs on the garage as part of the birthday decorations.  The last couple of years, Tom has brought the waffle iron outside too with a long extension cord so less trips running back and forth.

We don’t sing Happy Birthday to America but after breakfast we read the full length Declaration of Independence.  In the early years, Tom and I did the reading, then we started passing it around, each one taking a turn reading a paragraph or two.

I’m not going to tell you our young kids sat spellbound through the reading as fidgeting abounded but I think they would recognize the words anywhere and hopefully, they GOT it.

Gabriel taking his turn reading

From…

“When in the course of human events.to...with a firm reliance on the Protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor

…we remind ourselves and each other of the magnitude of this document and what a different world we would all be in without it.

Sometimes we add a little quiz on the Founding Fathers or read more about their personal histories but the Declaration is the centerpiece of the morning.

Happy Fourth of July!

Hope for the Best,

Tish

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4 Responses to “Happy Birthday America! *”


  1. 1 lilytemmer July 2, 2012 at 1:03 PM

    What a great tradition you keep in remembering the Declaration of Independence! And a big nom nom on the waffles!

  2. 3 rich rubietta July 2, 2012 at 1:54 PM

    Thank you for inspiring us, Tish!

    Rich


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