Fourth of July – in two continents

In the United States, the Fourth of July is traditionally marked by parades, fireworks, parties with families and friends, barbecues and good times. I was happy to be able to celebrate this Fourth of July in Chicago with my parents and siblings.

In the early morning hours, I flew to Chicago from DC on July 4 after my flight late at night on July 3 had been cancelled.

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We went to the town’s parade which started with fire trucks and police cars. Danny and Patrick would have loved it.

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Military veterans and persons dressed as soldiers from the revolutionary and civil wars marched in the parade.

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We saw high school bands, singing groups, motorcycle groups and representatives from the Department of Homeland Security – my former employer. They thanked me for my support by accidentally running over my foot.

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We saw a DeLorean, possibly THE DeLorean from “Back to the Future.”

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We saw Uncle Sam, some patriotic pets, a few creepy clowns, and a group from the grade school that my brothers and sisters and I all attended.

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After the parade, there were barbecues and pool parties.

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My sisters made some patriotic desserts including Maureen’s star-topped apple pie and Nora’s six-layer cake that looked like an American flag when sliced.

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I went to the Keenan Fourth of July party too. Brian’s brother Jay was sporting a patriotic shirt from the Embassy in Asunción.

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While I was busy partying in the United States, Brian and the boys went to the Embassy Fourth of July party for families.

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Patrick loved the big inflatable slide. He and Arturito each went down it many times!

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They also enjoyed the piñata.

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Danny had a good time on the swings.

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Uncle Sam and some clowns made an appearance and created balloon animals for the kids.

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And although they did not participate, the boys did like watching the tug of war.

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There was also a magic show, a three-legged race and lots of hamburgers and hotdogs. And our friend Geoff did his best Uncle Sam impersonation.

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Everyone had a nice celebration!

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