Birthdays are a time for celebration and gathering with family and friends to toast another year older. However, there are few birthdays that stand out from the rest. These birthdays are the big milestones like turning 50, 60, and even 90-years-old.

One very special birthday in particular is when someone reaches 96-years-old. This amazing moment is now part of my maternal grandma's legacy. That's right. Freda Murphy, my “Grandma Fifi” is officially 96-years-young on Saturday.

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This woman is one of the many strong women I have been blessed with in my life.  You will never meet another bold, sassy, funny, smart, loud, independent, and loving woman like Freda Murphy. The pictures of her with my family showcase just that! She consistently advocates for others and for what she believes in no matter what the consequences are. She is always the champion of the underdog!

When it comes to her family, Freda does not let anyone or anything get in the way of providing the best that life has to offer. This especially includes her grandchildren and now her great-grandchildren. In fact, all the grandchildren have benefitted from my grandma in some way whether it was securing an educational future or a life beyond the classroom. Yep...Freda gifted me with the best high school education in the Chicago-land area. So when I say I wouldn't be the woman I am today without my grandma, I truly mean it.

I've been waiting a very long time to honor my grandma in a unique and remarkable way. My grandma has made a huge impact in my life, and this little article will hopefully share that message with the readers. Most importantly and above all, this message is for my grandma.

I do not usually talk about this publicly, but for the past few years, slowly my grandma has been losing her memory. She sometimes doesn't remember who I am. So in a way, this story is a way to tell her how much she means to me and how much she has impacted my life. There will never be another Freda Murphy.

Grandma, I love you so much! Thank you from the bottom of my heart for all you have done for my family and me!

Birthday Freebies You Can Get at Sioux Falls Businesses

We've added even MORE birthday freebies from Sioux Falls businesses.

Everyone loves free stuff, especially on your birthday. Most of the freebies require you to sign up for their rewards program, e-mail list, or mobile app, so make sure you plan ahead. Some of the offers are good just on your birthday, while others are good for a week or longer.

Of course, this is just a small list. There are many more businesses that offer free stuff for your birthday right here in Sioux Falls. You just need to ask! Or, choose your favorite business, check out their website, and sign up for their e-mail club. All offers are subject to change at any time. Call ahead or check their website for more details.

*List updated 1/4/2022 - Individual businesses may change their policies at any time.

Best Bars in Sioux Falls

There is always something different to try when you visit a local Sioux Falls bar or brewery. There could be a specialty drink at one bar and a new beer recipe at the next. It's kind of like a smorgasbord of drinks to taste test. The only problem is deciding which bars are the best bars in Sioux Falls to explore with your family or friends?

This is a difficult decision just because there are so many great local options. Luckily, our friends at Yelp identified the top ten bars in Sioux Falls thanks to numerous reviews on each establishment.

The next time it's your turn to select a bar for a night out on the town, be sure to visit one of these ten bars highly reviewed by Yelp.