July 4 has always been a special time for my family of origin. My brother Brian (pictured right) was born on July 3. One year I made a special drum cake for him (which my youngest sister Mary is looking at, below left).
In 1970, we were visiting my grandmother, Elizabeth Massmann Pape, aka Nana, at her home in Evanston, Illinois, on the 4th of July. A lot of my cousins came over - most of us wearing red, white, and/or blue, like cousin Ruth, my sister Karen, and cousin Donna, below:
Nana lived on the end triplex at the corner of Hastings and Central in Evanston, right across the street from Bent Park. We had a perfect view of the parade sponsored by the North Evanston 4th of July Association (still going strong!).
We wound up the day with sparklers - my siblings Mark, Brian, and Mary have theirs below.
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