Happy 4th of July from Gopher Women's Basketball

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Happy Fourth of July from the Minnesota women's basketball team! As we celebrate the freedom of our great country, the Golden Gophers share with fans their Fourth of July traditions and what they are planning to do this year. Here's wishing all our Gopher fans out there a safe and happy holiday!

Mikayla Bailey: My Fourth of July tradition is spending it with my family, because it is my dad's birthday on the 4th and we usually go on our boat for the day.

Rachel Banham: My favorite Fourth of July tradition is to hang with my family and eat food, and chill and watch a movie. I don't know what I'm doing for the Fourth this year.

Joanna Hedstrom: My favorite Fourth of July traditions include going up to my cabin with my family and watching fireworks from the boat or in town!  This year we plan on going to Canterbury Park to enjoy the Fourth of July festivities there.

Kayla Hirt: My favorite thing about the Fourth of July is being able to spend the day outside in the sun and grill. I love late night fireworks as well! This year I will be going home and spending the day with my family, hopefully to spend some time on the lake, grill and watch the fireworks. :)

Jackie Johnson: My favorite Fourth of July tradition was spending the week at my Grandma and Grandpa's cabin, going tubing, jet skiing, going to the town carnival and lighting off tons of fireworks with my family. Growing up I did this every year until I started traveling for AAU and summer basketball. This year my plans are to go to my friend's lake house!

Stabresa McDaniel: My family and I just enjoy our time together, have a cookout and try to find a place to pop firecrackers. This time, in Minnesota, I just plan on hanging with my teammates and making new traditions with them.

Shayne Mullaney:
When I was younger, my family would go jet-skiing on a lake in Eden Prairie and have a picnic. It was so fun!  Then at night we would eat dinner at Bayside on Lake Minnetonka and watch the fireworks on the lake. This would always be a tradition for Fourth of July, but lately it has changed because a few of my siblings are in California and I have three nephews now so it changes on a yearly basis.

This year for the Fourth I might be going to my boyfriend's cabin or to my friends lake house. Either way I hope to be near water and outside enjoying the sun!  I always watch the fireworks every year too.  This year I want to watch them near the Stone Arch Bridge if I stay in Minnesota.  I don't know how this year Fourth of July will turn out, but I know it will be fun! (:

Sari Noga:
My family doesn't really have specific Fourth of July traditions, but usually we have a family reunion around that time of year, which I enjoy seeing my extended family. My favorite thing to do on the Fourth of July is to be on a lake, light off fireworks and have family time. This year I am unsure of our plans, but hopefully they involve water!

Micaella Riche: Well being Canadian, we celebrate Canada day July 1st. I used to love going downtown and watching all the street performers with my brothers. This year, I don't know how I will spend it yet, but it will most likely involve exercise physiology homework..! Gotta love being a student-athlete!

Amanda Zahui B.: I have never celebrated the Fourth of July and I have no idea what I am going to do. Hopefully, I'll eat some good food and hang out with my teammates.

Kelly Roysland: I love spending the 4th of July with my family at our cabin on Lake Bemidji. I plan on spending time golfing, waterskiing, hanging out with my cousins, taking a bike ride around the lake and grilling out. Happy 4th of July to all!

Deborah Edwards: I love the 4th of July more than ever, because last year I was married on July 6 - so this time of year always reminds me of our wedding day.  What a great holiday!  It's our own patriotic anniversary!  This year we will be celebrating by cooking out and spending time with our family in Rochester.

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