Thursday, July 3, 2014

Happy Birthday, America!

July 4, 2014

All across the USA, 

Americans will celebrate with

parades ~ picnics ~ festivals ~ fireworks.

The Stars and Stripes 

will wave in the breeze.

While Boston and Philadelphia 

will be host to large crowds for the day's celebration, 

neighborhoods from coast to coast will also celebrate.  

Bicycles ~ Wagons ~ Scooters ~ Trucks ~ Cars

All festooned in 

red, white, and blue.

The patriotic spirit 

fills the air!

There will be picnics 

and neighborhood barbecues.

As America Celebrates 

Independence Day!


238th Birthday 

is upon us.


The summer we married, my husband was in graduate school, and I was employed as a teacher. We took a portion of our savings that summer and purchased a sailboat. We christened our Catalina 22, “Hyacinths For The Soul” after Saadi’s poem. Our "Hyacinths" provided years of pleasure.


  1. Happy 4th of July Sarah! Enjoy your parade, it looks like fun. We've been rained out in Philly, everything has been postponed until tomorrow. But they say the rest of the weekend should be beautiful:@)

  2. Sarah,
    What a fabulous collection of ways of celebrating the 4th with all your patriotic images. I cannot name my favorite. Happy 4th of July!


  3. Happy Independence Day Sarah! There is a small neighborhood parade close by this morning, I'm tempted to go with my camera in hand but I'll be prepping for company. Love your parade of inspiration including your picnic basket and vintage post cards! Wishing you & Sadie a Happy Fourth ♥

  4. Indeed, a Happy Birthday to America! Love the wool felted Uncle Sam, Sarah!

  5. Dearest Sarah,
    Lovely patriotic photos.
    Wishing you and yours a lovely 238th Birthday of our dear USA.

  6. Happy 4th of July, Sarah! Let's celebrate - your photos are great!

  7. You have such class:) I love your treasures..The cutest!Did you make them?In the first 2 images? Lovely..
    You all do have such an inspiring pride in your flag..I love it.Enjoy your celebrations.

  8. Hi Sarah, great patriotic photos!!
    Wishing you and yours a Happy 4th of July.
    God Bless America!!

  9. Hi Sarah,
    I loved your patriotic post to celebrate the red, white and blue. I hope you and your hubby have a wonderful 4th of July! xo

  10. Hi Sarah,

    A very pretty patriotic tribute to your beloved country, in all its red, white and blue glory! Hope you had your own wonderful picnic and enjoyed that wonderful basket of goodies! Happy 4th of July to you!


  11. A truly pretty patriotic party. Love the darling Uncle Sam's.

    Have a Happy 4th of July!

  12. What a fun post, Sarah! I love to see how different folks celebrate Independence Day across the country.

    Happy Fourth!

    Love your vignettes for the holiday!

    Linking from Rose Vignettes,
    Ricki Jill

  13. Sarah,
    Thank you for sharing such amazing photographs of Celebrating America's Day of freedom!
    "Mr. Ed" and I attended a Fourth of July breakfast with my Choir members this morning, then cool drinks on our neighbors patioearly afternoon. Fireworks display this evening. Hoping you, to, are enjoying this day!!!
    Happy Fourth of July , dear friend!!!

  14. Wonderful post, and I hope you had a great Independence Day.

  15. Hope you had a great Independence Day!

  16. Lovely post full of patriotic charm! I hope you had a wonderful day!

  17. Such cute patriotic displays, Sarah!
    Loved the needlepoint Uncle Sams as well as all your other darling collectables.
    We saw SPECTACULAR fireworks last night from inside the gazebo...I thought they would never end. Best show in years!

    Hoping you guys have a safe & happy 4th of July weekend. Family gathering for us on Sunday...Yay! Haven't seen my sisters since Sept.


  18. Perfect post for our Independence Day Holiday!

  19. Oh Gosh! What a classic all American 4th! It looks like it is right out of a Norman Rockwell painting! :)

    I hope you had a great day of celebration!

    Thanks for sharing with Fresh-Cut Friday!

  20. What a great parade and looks like you were prepared for a picnic. How fun!

  21. Happy 4th of July! I wish I had been able to go to a parade. I love your patriotic nutcrackers!

  22. Great patriotic pictures Sarah! Love the vintage images and all the red, white, and blue. Thanks for sharing.

  23. I wish I'd been able to say 'Happy Fourth' to you, Sarah! You do red white and blue so well - a really cheery post!

  24. Forgot to say that I love the red door!

  25. Thank you for sharing such nice pieces of Patriotic table ware and every thing else. I hoe that your Fourth was safe.

  26. I love a good 4th of July parade. You cannot go wrong with red, white and blue. Our 4th was so enjoyable, hope yours are too.

  27. Fun Sarah! They changed our parade and fireworks to July 5 for no reason other than they thought Sat would be better than Friday, and I felt so let down! I loved your pictures of all the craziness that I missed!

  28. Oh, my goodness...what great pictures! The lady in the Lady Liberty crown sunglasses looks suspiciously like my across the street neighbor, Jane. I mean REALLY looks like her! Wow!

    Was that an actual station wagon in that one photo???!?!?! WOW!!! I love it! It's been awhile since I've seen one. I wish they'd come back as a staple in American garages. The minivan is all played out.

    We didn't get up in time to see our neighborhood parade. The Mom Council puts it on every year. This year they did something a little different and had a breakfast at the mansion immediately after. I hear it was a big hit. (We live in a historic neighborhood called Longview, and the mansion is where the Long family lived back at the turn of the last century. It's now a popular reception venue for weddings and such.)

    Great post, Sarah! Have a great week!

  29. Hope you and yours had a good Fourth. We spent ours trying to get your Chi O sister home from France. Late flights and missed connections made for a nerve wracking day. Got her home on the 5th so all is well!

  30. Yes, indeed! Proud to be an American!! I hope you had a festive and fabulous 4th, Sarah. We celebrated in Castine, a very special small town in Maine. Cheers,

  31. Love your Uncle Sams!!!

    - Alma, The Tablescaper

  32. Beautiful decorations. I always love this holiday.
    Thanks for sharing at Home Sweet Home.

  33. Beautiful post, Sarah! Hope all is well!


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