This day has been celebrated for over 75 years by my Lebanese relatives as ‘Family Reunion’ day in Birmingham, Alabama. This year is the first year we have NOT celebrated it together on this day..instead, they moved it to May!  Birmingham is hot on July 4th…but, those of us who have been attending for more than 20 years have grown accustomed to the heat, the smell of delicious ribs and chicken cooking in the pits and most of all Saf-Souf – a Lebanese salad made similarly to Tabouleh, but with very finely chopped lettuce, and of course the other sides like corn on the cob, baked beans, deviled eggs and chocolate brownies or cakes and pies for dessert. After the family meal is celebrated, we all walked over to the Catholic Church across the street to join in the various games, such as the Cake Walk, Wheel of Fortune, the AMAZING Treasure Hunt in the School’s gym, and the finale would be my Aunt Grace, singing Karaoke to Frank Sinatra’sMy Way‘! I have so many fond memories of this day and the way our family has grown and united and kept this tradition. It saddens me to know that the following generation has changed the date and the location. But, next year…I know my father, husband, and daughter will make efforts to attend this gathering of the Adamo/Shory clan and celebrate with as much love and sharing as in year’s past.

Wishing all of you a very Happy 4th of July!