We may be cloistered, but we are still American (...well..most of us!) and so we celebrate Independence Day along with the rest of America. We are dispensed from silence and work in the morning and afternoon and have a cook out/picnic for dinner and supper. It is often the case that the 4th of July is a little too hot and humid for our traditional picnic on the cloister...but not this year! We had wonderful weather which not only permitted the picnic, but was perfect for a croquet match before dinner.
Recreation in the evening consisted of patriotic songs and ended with the national anthem as our two youngest held the American flag. After Compline some of the younger sisters headed for the roof to watch Summit's firework display.