Well, Happy Anniversary, America.
You started off things prety decently. Now, let's see if you can keep it going.
This also marks the one year anniversary for N, B, and I in Hawaii. We arrived in Honolulu on July 3 last year. We've been doing the Hawaiian version of celebrating the 4th. We drove up to Kualoa Beach Park which is on the Windward side. We got there about 10:30. We froliced in the water as appropriate, and N collected shells. B is getting really comfortable in the water now. He was rolling around in his water wings for quite some time. Then it was a picnic lunch, followed be a little kite flying. It went well. It's a good beach. There were a lot of people there, but we still had a little slice of beach to ourselves, and a free picnic table. It's mostly locals on that side of the island and is about 45 minutes from Waikiki. Many locals make a much bigger deal of it. First, you get a huge family tent and either camp out for the weekend or at least stay for the whole day. They have the big tent for shade, a hibachi, about 10 of their closest friends, and stacks of gear to entertain. You swim some, you fish some, you hang out and play the uke, etc. Maybe next year, N and I can take our celebrating to that level.