Friday, July 4, 2014

What to Wear on the 4th

Every 4th of July I wake up in the morning and wonder," What am I going to wear today?"
 Dorin and Nancy, July 4, 2004, Penland, N.C. 

This day, more than any other day, it is important to dress as outlandishly as you possibly can because our Constitution guarantees that you have that right. Above is a photograph of myself and my friend Dorin Meinhart on the Fourth of July in 2004, when we were teaching at the Penland School, all dressed up for their parade.

Patriots of Bow 2002

For many years our family participated in the Samish Island Fourth of July parade. Samish Island is a very small town on Puget Sound and every Fourth of July they have a parade comprised of anybody who shows up. It is a blast to participate or watch this community tradition.

Here is a photograph taken by my grandfather from the window of his photography studio in Rockport, Massachusetts, near Boston, in 1946, complete with Uncle Sam and cheerleaders. I was lucky enough to be there in 1975 during the Bicentennial celebration when people went all out in Boston and around the country.

Kirsten, Avery and Will 2009

 Wearing red, white and blue on the 4th is an American tradition, so today while you are making potato salad and heating up the BBQ, give a little thought to your wardrobe and join in the spirit of the day. Let's celebrate!