It wasn’t always fireworks on the fourth.
John Adams predicted Americans would celebrate the Second of July, the day Congress voted in favor of independence, “with Pomp and Parade, with Shews, Games, Sports, Bells, Bonfires and Illuminations from one End of the Continent to the other.” He got the date wrong, but he was right about the festivities in commemoration of Independence Day. And yet July Fourth events have changed a great deal since 1776.
How do our fireworks displays, barbecues, parades, and sporting events compare to the first and earliest celebrations of independence? How and why do we celebrate the United States and its independence as we do?
In this episode of Ben Franklin’s World, historical experts Benjamin E. Park, Jay Hinesley, and Shira Lurie take us through the early American origins of Fourth of July celebration.
You can listen to the podcast here.
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James Kaplan says
We had a fabulous July 4 parade in Lower Manhattan. See attached video or check our website http://www.lmha-nyc.org
Preview YouTube video Lower Manhattan Historical Association – 2019 July 4th Parade
Lower Manhattan Historical Association – 2019 July 4th Parade
James S. Kaplan
President Lower Manhattan Historical Association