Fours on the Fourth

In my post just before the Fourth of July I suggested that it might be fun to celebrate the day with a variety of fours.  We gave it a try.

Mike and I started our Fourth with our new traditional “Independent Four on the Fourth” (i.e. we ran four miles on our own instead of running the local race that we’ve done for decades).


It was cloudy and cool when we arrived at Short Sands Beach in York, which was perfect for a July run.  We have chosen this route the past few years because we love the views and being there makes us feel like we are on vacation, even when we’re not.

Nubble Light is a highlight of the route.



These beach roses are a frequent sight along the course.

After our run, which felt great, we changed in the spiffy new public bathrooms at the beach and headed to the second most important part of our 4 on the Fourth run-breakfast at The Goldenrod.


It is a quaint, nostalgic restaurant and candy shop.  The food is traditional and excellent.


They are known for their salt water taffy which they make right there.


We returned home to continue our celebrations with Hannah and Todd who conveniently made it four of us enjoying the day together. The weather was not conducive to more outdoor activities so our plan to do four outdoor games did not transpire. But we began preparations for our evening’s refreshments. Hannah and Todd created these delicious sangria drinks inspired by Gimme Some Oven. Luckily we had just the right size star cookie cutter to make way more than 4 stars.





Drink photos courtesy of Hannah.  Thanks, Hannah!


Well, this one is my photo of the entire picture of sangria.

Four glasses were filled (at least once) with this delicious sangria.

Next on the menu was a fruit pie so I, of course, filled it with four different fruits-rhubarb, strawberries, blueberries and these perfect star apple slices leftover from the sangria stars.




The 4 on the Fourth theme concluded with the 4 lobsters that we enjoyed for dinner.


We were content with our “Independent 4 on the Fourth” and plan to continue the idea next year.

A good time was had by all (four of us).


Did you do any “fours” on the Fourth?



(Independent?) Four on the Fourth

4th on the boxMike and I think we have run the York Four on the Fourth about 20 times. It’s tradition!  Listening to “The Star Spangled Banner” sung by a local vocalist at the start of the race never fails to give me chills. The course along the beach, lined with enthusiastic spectators, is beautiful and festive.  And it just wouldn’t be the 4th of July without our post-race breakfast at The Goldenrod.

But a couple of years ago, for some reason, we hadn’t signed up for the race when the Fourth approached. We knew we still wanted to run 4 miles on the Fourth and we definitely needed to eat breakfast at The Goldenrod, so we decided to do our own independent 4 on the Fourth. We drove to York, parking in an area away from the race, and ran four beautiful miles along the coast and past Nubble Light.  It was a wicked (the Maine term for “really”) hot day so we ended our run with a plunge into the Atlantic.  After a quick change we happily continued our decades old tradition of breakfast at The Goldenrod after our 4 mile run.

york 4

We will be continuing our new 4 on Fourth tradition tomorrow.  This gave us an idea, though.  Anyone could do “4 on the Fourth”!  It doesn’t have to involve a formal race or even running at all. We certainly support running in a traditional “4 on the Fourth” event. But if you don’t do that, we encourage you to consider doing your own “4 on the Fourth”.

We’ve been brainstorming some possible “4 on the Fourth” ideas.  What about….


  • lighting 4 sparklers?
  • doing 4 cannonballs off the dock?
  • walking 4 blocks?


  • playing 4 different sports (our family’s other  favorite Fourth of July activity)-croquet, badminton, ping-pong, horseshoes, anyone?


  • reading 4 chapters in your book?
  • running 4 (tenths) of a mile?
  • swimming 4 laps in the pool?

A few other more indulgent ideas spring to mind but we’ll leave it at this!

We wish you a safe and festive 4th of July!

Will you be doing 4 on the Fourth?

If you decide to do a “4 on the Fourth” we’d love to hear about it. 

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You can share your adventures at #independent4onthe4th on Instagram and tag us at @runningfifty.

Have fun!

Happy 4 on the Fourth!