We had a rather unusual Independence Day. On the day that Americans celebration their independence from England, we hosted three Brits.

During the night of July 3, two or our guests had already arrived and as we sat visiting, they commented on the fireworks going off around town.

They, of course, know why we celebrate on July 4. They were very nice even though we were shooting fireworks to celebrate our independence from their country. We all thought their presence in Neosho at that time was ironic, but no bad feelings.

Because they were athletes in training, our guests were watching their diet for the first three days. So our 4th of July dinner was composed of broasted chicken, tossed salad, and fruit for dessert. They wanted a meal — but a light meal. That evening there was a pool party for them, complete with their own fireworks show.

I told them one of my favorite movies was "1776," a musical about the Continental Congress trying to pass the Declaration of Independence. As it happened, that movie was on Turner Classic Movies in the afternoon of the 4th. The women were away touring, but John sat and really enjoyed it. This lead to a discussion all the elements of independence. John had focused on the "War of American Independence" in his study of English history.

 I wondered what our guests would tell their friends back home about what they did on July 4 in America. They were nice about the celebration and seemed very pleased that we had a nice little Union Jack standing in the middle of the dining room.
Our third guest arrived just before midnight on the 3rd so she missed most of the fireworks around town. But she got the full show at poolside the next night.

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We received two wedding invitations last week. One couple are in their early 20s and the other in their 80s. The 20-year-olds will hold their wedding in Neosho, and the 80-year-olds will married in New Hampshire. Both are exciting and how wonderful that both old and young are planning for the future.

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The commemoration ceremony at Tipton Ford is fast approaching. We are expecting a good crowd. We can only guess how many will be there so are keeping our fingers are crossed that we don't run out of food. It is so hard to guess who will show up. I'm thinking of what my mother, and many other mothers, would say: "Don't take two until everyone has eaten."

Kay Hively writes a weekly column for the Daily News.