Pell City family celebrates 3 generations with July 4 birthdays

Pell City family celebrates 3 generations with July 4 birthdays

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Sandy Simpson, her grandson Tristan and her father Gordon Lee all share a July 4th birthday. WBRC video Sandy Simpson, her grandson Tristan and her father Gordon Lee all share a July 4th birthday. WBRC video
Gordon Lee says sharing a 4th of July birthday with his daughter and great-grandson "just makes it a greater celebration." Source: WBRC video Gordon Lee says sharing a 4th of July birthday with his daughter and great-grandson "just makes it a greater celebration." Source: WBRC video
Sandy Simpson says it was "just a true joy" to have her grandson born on her and her father's birthday. Source: WBRC video Sandy Simpson says it was "just a true joy" to have her grandson born on her and her father's birthday. Source: WBRC video
A Pell City family celebrates three July 4th birthdays that span three generations. Source: WBRC video A Pell City family celebrates three July 4th birthdays that span three generations. Source: WBRC video
PELL CITY, AL (WBRC) -

It's the title of an early Tom Cruise movie, but the phrase "Born on the 4th of July" also holds true for three different generations of one Pell City family.

This birthday party has everything you would expect: balloons, cake, friends, games and the guests of honor: not one, not two, but three generations of this family tree all born on the 4th of July.

"Strength in numbers. It's just an honor," Sandy Simpson said.

July 4 is Sandy Simpson's birthday. It's also her father Gordon Lee's birthday, and last year their birthday club expanded with the birth of her grandson and Gordon's great-grandson Tristan.

"It was such a surprise. It was just, there are no words because it's an honor, just a true joy," Simpson said.

"We thought it might, and it just happened that way. It wasn't induced, it just happened on that day," Gordon Lee added.

Since Lee has been celebrating the combined birthday/Independence Day the longest, he has some advice for the young 'uns.

"Just try to enjoy it," Lee said. "Usually everybody says ‘Happy birthday, where's the BBQ?' And that's it. Now since I have a daughter who was born on the 4th of July, now I have a great-grandson born on the 4th of July, it'll take precedence over the BBQ now."

Does he have any worries about having to share the spotlight with Uncle Sam and his daughter and great-grandson?

"Naw, it just makes it a greater celebration," Lee said.

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