While July 4th has always been a joyous occasion, we haven’t always celebrated the same way. We break down a brief timeline of how it’s changed over the past 242 years.
Early celebrations – Summer, once filled with birthday celebrations of the king, now hold mock funerals symbolizing the triumph of liberty. Concerts, bonfires, parades, and firing cannons and muskets often accompanied readings of the Declaration of Independence.
1870 – Independence Day becomes a federal holiday – finally.
Modern celebrations – Filled with BBQs, fireworks and a whole lot of red, white and blue, we still hold the “Star-Spangled Banner” tradition true.
— Erin O’Brien, 360 Media,Inc.