Dressing up for special occasions is pretty great, and nothing says PATRIOTIC GET-UP better than rocking your red, white and blue everything on the 4th of July.
T-shirts brandishing the old stars and stripes, cheap wayfarer knock-off sunglasses, blue shorts, red sneakers and a white top bedazzled with stars—everyone can rep the US flag. Heck, even if you're from New York, there's a special USA item of clothing for you.
The iconic symbol of America's flag is immediately recognizable, and no July 4th celebration would be complete without drowning in a glorious sea of red, white, and blue, accompanied by whatever cold cheap beer your friends managed to toss into a cooler.
The thing is, however, that the colors red, white, and blue are pretty common. There are tons of countries that have them on their flags. Look at France. Look at Britain. Stars, while not exactly a rarity, are a bit less common. So if you see stars, red, white, and blue on something, your mind automatically thinks 'Murica.
That's what Dale Cheesman's grandma thought. She's been repping the same fourth of July shirt for more than 25 years. Look at how adorable she is in it.
However, thanks to the 2018 World Cup and the participation of one team, Panama, Dale and his family discovered something about Grandma's shirt.
She wasn't repping Old Glory at all. Take a look at the Panamanian flag below, then back at Granny's shirt.
That's right, every July 4th for 25+ years, Grandma was actually proudly rocking Panama's flag.
Something that Dale calls "25 years of treason."
My grandma has worn the same shirt with red, white, blue, and stars to celebrate the 4th of July for more than 25 years. Every year, she wears the exact same shirt.— Dale Cheesman (@dalecheesman4) July 2, 2018
Thanks to the #WorldCup we finally noticed it's the Panama Flag.
Over 25 years of treason. pic.twitter.com/j9sLoWo9QY
People loved Dale's post.
And immediately replied by giving some Panama-approved Grandma nickname puns.
Pana-mamaw— Dianne Gallagher (@DianneGallagher) July 3, 2018
PaNana— Dale Cheesman (@dalecheesman4) July 3, 2018
Now, here's where it gets crazy: A proud citizen of Panama pointed out that he should tell his grandmother to rock the shirt on November 3rd, which is Panama's Independence Day.
Tell your grandma to wear it on Nov. 3rd Panama's Independence Day. We support her!!— Guillermo Cruz (@lawyerpan) July 2, 2018
Dale's birthday? November 3rd. BOOM.
Dude, that is literally my birthday— Dale Cheesman (@dalecheesman4) July 3, 2018
Others wanted to know just how in the heck Grandma managed to keep a 25+ year shirt looking so darn nice.
People welcomed grandma to visit Panama, probably on account of how well she wore the shirt.
ur grandma is so cute, tell her she can come visit panama any time!— Giuliana🦊 (@Giulii) July 2, 2018
Others didn't find it so funny. This is July 4th after all, and Granny was sporting the wrong flag.
On the plus side, however, she at least was wearing a shirt for a country that qualified for the World Cup and even won it!
Sure it was the World Cup of Flags on Twitter, but so what they lost 6-1 to England? They've got that distinction and an awesome Grandma who will hopefully uphold the tradition come this July 4th.