I hope everyone has a happy and safe 4th of July! It’s one of my favorite holidays. Whether it’s the flag-lined streets, the abundance of red, white and blue, fireworks or the overall patriotic sentiment, it’s also a good time to think about all those serving overseas and their families, both now and in the past, and to remember that our freedom was far from cheap. Additionally, I think it’s a good time to remember that America was founded not just on those fighting but also on the working class. On the farmers, teachers, truck drivers, factory workers, secretaries, gas station attendants, nurses, etc…. Those that put food on our plates, technology in our hands and bandages on our skinned knees as well as those fighting on the country’s behalf. America is the “Land of the Free” because farmers picked up pitchforks to defend it. The ideals that we defend so adamantly today. This day marks the anniversary of the Second Continental Congress’ adoption of The Declaration of Independence. That document holds some of the famous and well-known words ever written. Words that still resonate in the hearts of all Americans and I hope that as you celebrate today, you feel as lucky as I feel about living in the “Land of the Free.”
Happy 4th of July!
- Preparing for a Fourth of July bonfire, 1930 — Share the History Love... People with a tower of barrels ready to be set aflame in a Fourth of July bonfire in 1930. Share the History Love... [...]
- Child holding fireworks and a flag, 1906 — Share the History Love... A child holding fireworks and a flag is all ready for the holiday in 1906. Share the History Love... [...]
- 4th of July Soapbox Race, 1940 — Share the History Love... The winners of the soapbox auto race during July 4th celebration at Salisbury, Maryland in 1940. Share the History Love... [...]
- 10 Mile March for freedom, 1964 — Share the History Love... Public accommodations, open housing, educational opportunities, and jobs were at the forefront of the modern United States Civil Rights movement. By the 1960s, there were institutions, organizations, individuals, legislation, and activities throughout the country that had become synonymous with the movement. In this photograph, Civil Rights activists conduct a 10 mile [...]
- Washing a flag for celebration, 1962 — Share the History Love... Women carefully washing flag for 4th of July celebration in Tallahassee on June 27, 1962. Share the History Love... [...]