History with its flickering lamp stumbles along the trail of the past, trying to reconstruct its scenes, to revive its echoes, and kindle with pale gleams the passion of former days. ~Winston Churchill

04 July, 2012

Independence Day

Happy 4th of July! 
Photographs of celebrations across the years!

 From various institutions, but especially the Library of Congress. 



A little boy dressed for the 4th, Leesburg, Florida, 1913. Source



A 4th of July parade in NYC, 1911. Source



A 4th of July parade in DeLand, Florida, 1884. Source





In costume for a 4th of July celebration, 1922. Source



A 4th of July in Skagway, Alaska, c. 1900-16. Source



A 4th of July celebration in St. Helena Island, South Carolina, 1939. Source



July 4th from (presumably) a hotel balcony, early 20th C. Source



Another little boy dressed for the holiday (though I don't know about about give your four-year-old firecrackers...). c. 1906. Source



Bicycle riders in the 4th of July parade in Vale, Oregon, 1941. Source



A street in Manila, the Philippines, on the 4th of July, 1899. Source



A young woman in costume for a 4th of July play, Florida, c. 1890. Source




A 1915 4th of July parade. Source



A 4th of July parade without a date or place noted. Source



An autochrome of children in costume, c. 1918. Source


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