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Around here, every day is Independence Day.

For us, independence means more than a day in July, it means independent living. Governing ourselves! Life without meal plans. And wellness programs so wonderful, you can’t help but jump for joy. So dive in and see what independence means to us.

1: No meal plans? Eat with freedom.
Around here, no meal plan means you can eat what you want, when you want it. From the bounty at the Farmers Market to the brews at the Portland Craft Beer Festival, good food is everywhere. Including your kitchen! Make this summer perfect Farmers Market favorite: English Pea and White Bean Salad.

2: Independent living? We say Be The Boss of We.
With our members making up half of the board of directors, independence is more than a concept, it’s a way of life. Whether you’re volunteering on the board or with our social accountability program, life at Terwilliger Plaza is what you make of it – literally. From representing your floor to determining policy, our members make the rules right along with us. That’s what independent living is all about. We love it so much, we made a TV spot about it. (Watch!)

3: Wellness is wonderful. (Moving is even better.)
Want to keep moving at every age? Our inspiring wellness instructors and programs can help with that. Moving is independence! And we believe everyone can have that at every age. Whether it’s tango on Friday night or a walk through Tomato Alley, chair yoga to aerobic drumming, we’re here to help you develop a fitness program you’ll love.

4: Independence Day, Portland Style.
July 4th weekend wouldn’t be the same without the annual Waterfront Blues Festival benefiting the Oregon Food Bank. From Dr. John and Jimmie Vaughn to Maceo Parker and Femi Kuti, it’s a wonderful way to give back and get in the groove. Love fireworks? Watch them from our rooftop! Or try Mt. Tabor, the Eastband Esplanade or the Hawthorne Bridge for a different view.

Here’s to celebrating independence – and all of its meanings – all year long. Happy 4th of July!