Happy Independence Day.


I would like to wish all my American friends and family a very happy Independence Day today. Every year, I buy myself a Boyds Bear wall calendar because I just love those fluffy teddy bears, who are always whimsically dressed for the occasion. Of course this month, they’re all ready for the July 4th celebrations.

I well remember the first time we were in the USA for Independence Day. In 1995, we happened to be in San Francisco. Although it was supposed to be mid summer, it was bitterly cold, and I was shivering so much at Fisherman’s Wharf, that I had to buy myself a warm sheepskin jacket. It was quite telling, that most of the T-shirts on sale, were long-sleeved. Obviously the traders know what the summer weather can be like there. Here I am huddled inside my jacket, outside the famous Ghirardelli chocolate shop. (Excuse the hair. It was the fashion then.) πŸ˜‰

When evening came, and it was time for the firework display to start, the fog came down like a wet blanket, and it would have been impossible to see anything worthwhile, so we took our opportunity to dive into a restaurant for dinner, before the hoards arrived after the display. It was so warm and cosy in there, and we didn’t regret not standing out in the cold mist, one little bit.

The following year, we were in Washington, and had proper summer weather. We watched the parade, which was spectacular.


Many families were gathered for picnics and games on the lawns near the Reflecting Pond which lies between the Lincoln Memorial and the Washington Monument.

The Washington Monument on the National Mall, was built to commemorate the first US President, General George Washington, and is the world’s tallest stone structure, and also the world’s tallest obelisk. It stands over 555 feet high, and weighs about 40,000 tons.

Trust the Americans to build one even taller than the Egyptians. πŸ˜‰ (The tallest Egyptian obelisk which stands in the square in front of the Lateran Basilica in Rome, is a mere 105.6 feet tall and weighs 455 tons.)

Our son whose name is Jefferson, had to have his photo taken with his namesake, one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence, and who of course later became President of the United States.

I find it fascinating that both Thomas Jefferson and John Adams, the only signers who later served as President, died on the same day, July 4th, 1826. A third president, James Monroe also died on July 4th, 1831. The 30th President, Calvin Coolidge, born on July 4th, 1872, is so far, the only President to have been born on Independence Day.

Well it’s not a special day here in South Africa, except of course for the people who will be shopping at our local mall. They’ll be able to hear me playing piano for them. Last week, I had one guy dancing to my music, and a lady insisted I play “Unforgettable” for her mother listening in on her cell phone in Cape Town. πŸ˜‰

Have a great day everyone, wherever you are. Make it really count.

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55 comments on “Happy Independence Day.

  1. Quite an experience! Do you think we could have a HUGE obelisk here in CT? In my garden would help – annoy the neighbours, ha ha!

    Play a bit louder, please – can’t quite hear you, YET…

    • No, you’ll just have to make do with that mountain, Marco. Don’t be greedy now. πŸ˜‰ Sorry you couldn’t hear me playing the piano. The wind must have been in the wrong direction. πŸ™‚

  2. I find it so ironic that there are obelisk’s in Rome! We went around to each one and I have been to Washington too, so all that is left is Egypt πŸ™‚

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  4. Love your pictures. Yes, San Fancisco is a fabulous place to visit, but the weather there can be so unpredictable. Thanks for wishing us Yanks a happy Independence Day.

    • My pleasure. πŸ˜‰ My son has been living in New York for 12 years now, and is married to an American. I have 3 American grandchildren, so I almost feel like one of you. πŸ˜‰

  5. I love the story about Adams and Jefferson. They shared a rivalry, and Adams swore he would outlive Jefferson, even though he was older. On his deathbed a chagrined Adams grumbled, “Jefferson still lives.” He had no way of knowing that Jefferson had already died.

  6. Happy Independence Day. Thanks for sharing a beautiful 4th of July celebration. The Washington event is spectacular and your son’s photo with Sir Jefferson tops it all. Great post with wonderful images.

  7. Many thank for the holiday greetings from Paradise. Ahhh … you have been to one of my favorite cities – San Francisco. I love it!!!! Meanwhile, Thomas Jefferson was truly a man ahead of his time. FYI: His home in Virginia is a wonderful place to visit.

    • I’ll remember that, if I’m ever in Virginia.It’s strange that after naming our son after this great American, he ended up settling in the USA. πŸ˜‰

      • Now,if you ever come to VA and you guys don’t let us buy y’all some sweet tea somewhere,I’ll be offended,LOL! We’re just about to move into TN (a couple miles from the bike shop I frequent,PFB,only 15 miles from here….yes,we found a place,and you’re the first to hear it πŸ˜€ :p) πŸ˜€

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  8. Thank you for the Greeting on our 4th!

    San Francisco has the most marvelous weather EXCEPT for the summer when the fog comes rolling in acting as a natural air conditioner. I remember my mother came to visit me one summer and hated the cooler weather. Some of the best weather there is actually around January or February.

    Did you know that a recent earthquake put a crack in the monster obelisk?

    • Well, thanks for telling me, Gunta. πŸ˜‰ If I go again, I’ll bear that info in mind. Yes, I saw that they had to cordon it off for a while. Is it fixed yet?

      • I wasn’t sure how to answer your question about repairs on the Washington Monument until I happened to catch a news report just now. It must have been cordoned off while they assessed the damage. But the repair hasn’t been launched yet. Apparently it’ll start sometime soon at which point they’ll have it surrounded with scaffolding. They estimate that’ll take approximately a year and a half. Bad for tourists wanting the prerequisite photo opp… πŸ˜‰

    • Thanks for the update, Gunta.That’s certainly bad news for the tourists. I’m so glad I’ve been there, seen that and got the photo, a couple of times already. πŸ˜‰

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