Saturday, July 5, 2014

Happy Independence Day!

Fourth of July; 1916; MNHS

I love Independence Day!  For as long as I can remember, I have loved history, so celebrating historical events is right up my alley.  I love America, I just wish I could do something to help her restore herself.  Everyone has traditions and celebrations associated with this day.


Fourth of July party at Albert Munson residence, 770 York Street, St Paul; 1908; MNHS

Food - Food is part of any celebration.  I associate barbecue and chicken with the Fourth.  So today, I had barbecue ribs and chicken with some of my family.  The weather today was perfect - just a bit overcast.  The temperature was not too hot and not too cold.  While several people I was with wanted sweatshirts, I thought it was great.  My hubby calls it a "Swedish Summer Day".  On a side note, the house on York is no longer there.


Fourth of July Display at Golden Rule Department Store; 1914; MNHS

Shopping - I didn't do any shopping myself today, but there is tons of shopping done in preparation for the day.  Food, drink, and fun products are purchased for the day.  Hot dogs, watermelon, berry flag cake, American flags, pinwheels, fireworks, and more.  On a side note, Golden Rule Department Store no longer exists. 


Fourth of July at Phalen Park; 1924; MNHS

Celebration - Every year I try to catch a fireworks show in some form or another.  This year my hubby and I headed to Maplewood park to watch fireworks outside.  Usually my entire family goes too, but this year everyone had too much to do.  So on our date, we did the tradition spread the blanket on the grass and watched the fireworks.  For a small city, Maplewood puts on a wonderful show.  Some kids we didn't know joined us on our blanket once the fireworks started.  They were so cute, and would "oooo" and "ahhhh" which irritated others near us who shushed them almost the entire time.  I thought it was cute how excited they were.  Why would anyone shush little kids at a fireworks display?  Everyone could still see and hear them perfectly well.  As a surprise bonus, a stray firework set some trees on fire.  Thankfully firefighters were already there to put it out.


Fourth of July Parade in Hibbing; 1930; MNHS

Parades - Fourth of July Parades have a long tradition.  Several towns close to The Cities have (or had) parades for the Fourth, but we don't here.  I wish there were more parades, but I fear modern society doesn't have the patience, kindness, discipline, or innocence for parades.  And the parades we do have such as the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, is packed more with commercialism and lip sinking than magic.  When you think about it, you really are just watching people walk down the street.  But the pageantry and pride is what makes a parade - virtues not found in many people today.


John Trumbull's famous painting is often identified as a depiction of the signing of the Declaration,
 but it actually shows the drafting committee presenting its work to the Congress.

How do you celebrate the birth of our nation?

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