13 Vintage Photos of 4th of July Celebrations
Celebrations back in the day may have looked a little different, but there was still just as much red, white, and blue.
Winning the trifecta
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“Thanks to Mom’s sewing, my sisters and I stole the show at the 1954 July Fourth parade in Hammond, Wisconsin. From left, Mary took first place dressed as a queen, Shirley took second place playing Uncle Sam, and I took third as a farmer gone fishing.” —Kay Geurkink, Baldwin, WI
Cover your ears
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After setting off a large firecracker in a post, Frank Craven, now of Centerville, Georgia (far right), and his buddies run off before it goes “boom” in this photo taken July 3, 1938, in Lowell, Massachusetts. These Fourth of July photos will get you ready for the long weekend.
Salute the troops
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“Here I am with my sister Barb (dark hat) in Rochester, New York, on July 4, 1960. I was four and Barb was five,” says Jean Yates of Churchville, New York. “We lived with our grandmother Helen Figler until 1962 when we moved two doors down. What great memories we share of those lovely days spent together!”
Wearing the flag
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These young women in Crete, Nebraska, must have done quite a bit of extra sewing in 1923 to create this living tribute to Old Glory. Bernice Sanderson, now of Los Angeles, was one of the “stripe girls” (she’s second from the right). If you’re a fan of the Fourth, you’ll want to check out America’s most spectacular Fourth of July fireworks.
Stars and stripes
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A young girl, dressed in all red, white, and blue, carries her American Girl Doll on her back.
Traveling bellCourtesy Mollie Weldon/Reminisce
“My stepfather, Harry Davidson, took this photo of the Liberty Bell when it came through Ogden, Utah, in 1915 on its way to the Panama-Pacific International Exposition in San Francisco,” writes Mollie Weldon of Shreveport, Louisiana. “There was a walkway on the flatcar, so people could get close enough to touch the bell.”
Spirit of Philadephia
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“My husband, George, was about eight when he was in his school’s re-enactment of the Spirit of ’76 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in the 1920s. He’s at the back on the far left.” —Norma P. Bradley, Brooksville, FL
Drumming a patriotic tune
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A drummer, flag holder, and a man dressed in historic clothing get ready for a 4th of July parade. To feel even more patriotic, check out these gorgeous pictures of the American flag.
Parade to the moon
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“My sons Brad (left) and Bill loved to decorate their bikes for the Fourth of July parade in Sharonville, Ohio,” says Elizabeth Lamb of Albany, Oregon. “We’d have a family conference on what best represented the occasion. In 1969, it was the evolution of flight, as America was about to put men on the moon.”
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A family set up a flag in their front yard to celebrate Independence Day.
For the red, white, and blue
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It doesn’t get any more adorable than this. These are the best places to celebrate the Fourth in every state.
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A group of kids celebrates the 4th by adding festive streamers to their bike tires and dressing up as Uncle Sam.
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“My husband, Eldon, was three on July 4, 1941, shortly before America joined the war. Patriotism was strong at the time.” —E.M. “Cookie” Miller, Yelm, WA
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