We Still Celebrate Our Independence Day Like We Did in 1777

Updated on Jul 04, 2020. Originally added on Jul 03, 2017 by Kathy Pinna
Although the 4th of July has only been a federal holiday since 1941, you’ll find some good suggestions from the far past when you're making preparations for next year. Not much has changed since the first 4th of July celebration in 1777: Fireworks, parades and "drunken revelry"! There are the parades in cities (from Nome Alaska to NYC); neighborhood block parties, barbecues; family picnics; and baseball games . . . as well as, of course, fireworks (although it was mostly gunfire in the 18th century!). Even the warnings about firecrackers haven't changed through the years (for instance, the 1910 Puck magazine on page 1 - which your pets will appreciate)!

We Still Celebrate Our Independence Day Like We Did in 1777

The small parade

July 4th parade

1915 Nome, Alaska

Hope those aren't real firecrackers!!

Little Boy Dressed as Uncle Sam on the 4th of July


Firecracker warning from Marilyn Monroe

Marilyn Monroe

Happy 4th!

Susan Hayward & Virginia Dale

From Susan Hayward and Virginia Dale - 1940s

Yankee Doodle Dandy

"Yankee Doodle Dandy" Eugene Campbell


Getting ready in 1904

Beach, Wood, Frost, & Gross, 1904

"Birth of Old Glory"!

Takoma Park 7/4/23

1923 float


We don't know that this is the 4th . . .

Prineville OR schoolgirls

But it should be!

Boy Scouts on parade

Boy Scout band, Okemah, OK


Watch out Joan!

Joan Crawford

Joan Crawford being "blown up" by a firecracker.

Daughters of the American Revolution

Owen Shapley Smith with DAR, FL

celebrating the 4th

Lock those firecrackers in the stocks!

Independence day at last / L.M. Glackens.

And look how happy the animals are! 1910


4th of July picnic

Rockaway Beach - Branson, Missouri

Missouri - love the mason jars.

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