That is, of course, when they weren't blowing themselves to smithereens with DIY fireworks.
|Arizola [AZ] Oasis, June 24, 1904|
I find it particularly endearing how communities all boasted how their celebration would be bigger and better than anyone else's. "The Eagle is going to scream his loudest! We will have the best ever!" And, no, I do not have an explanation how the "Wondrously Rich Chinese Pageant" fits in with the American Independence Day, but I'm sure it was a grand show regardless.
|"Coconino Sun," July 1 1899|
Who could resist a hose contest?
|"Mohave County Miner," July 3, 1897|
Greased poles and greased pigs. Not to mention the Beautiful Queen De Cacti!
|"New Anaconda Standard," June 30, 1891|
I have a sneaking suspicion that "A Famous Orator of National Note Booked for the Occasion" means, "Our original speaker bailed out at the last minute, and we're still scrambling to find a replacement."
|"St. Paul Globe," July 5, 1880|
"Six Experienced Tubbists!"
|"Hayti [MO] Herald," June 21, 1917|
The oldest married couple! 50 yards Fat Men's Race! Running Board Jump! The Hayti Hussar Band in person! Rain or shine!
|"Hood River Glacier," June 28, 1917|
|"Iron County Record," June 18, 1915|
I wonder which of those young ladies was the proud winner of the "Goddess of Liberty" contest?
|"Mansfield Mirror," June 22, 1922|
Come on! Let's go! Something doing every minute!
|"Mansfield Mirror," June 23, 1921|
It's you we're talking to!
|"Mohave County Miner," June 3, 1911|
It's hard to top the lure of this one: Come to Kingston or stay dead!
|"Oroville Gazette," June 20, 1919|
|"St. Martinsville Weekly," June 12, 1915|
|"Wibaux Pioneer," June 19, 1909|
I have no idea what a Bowery Dance is, but I want to attend one. With a Cowboy of Montana.
|"Yakima Herald," July 1, 1908|
Out-of-towners cordially invited!
All right, I admit this one could get a bit too lively.
It's also interesting to see how long the history of the "Safe and Sane" campaign has been.
|"Daily Missolian," July 4, 1914|
|"Cambridge Sentinel," June 25, 1910|
|"Kenna Record," June 27, 1913|
|"Seattle Times," July 4, 1914|
So, there's our little look at Fourth of July in the days of old. Enjoy the holiday, my fellow Americans. Let's see if we can get a tug-of-war game and a Goddess of Liberty contest going.