The school asked us if we wanted a big celebration for Fourth of July. By now we know that “celebration” means ceremony which means long speeches and applauses ’til your hands fall off. We explained to them that the gesture would be nice, but we wanted something a bit more casual. American style. They thought this was weird, but put the planning in our hands.
We ended up with a barbecue on the beach complete with hamburgers, music, dancing, a bonfire, and pseudo s’mores. It was perfect. Plus, packing 11 people into a mini van, driving that mini van as close to the water as you can, and having a beach to yourself is always a good time.
Nothing compares to July 4th in the U.S. and we missed watching fireworks and parades and having the whole day off work, but we did the best we could, and the best we could ended up pretty great.
(this photo stolen from the one and only Ashley Call. Couldn’t not post it because we are the most photogenic)