Red, White and Boom!
Looking back on Fourth of July celebrations of yore, there are definitely some contrasts from how we celebrate today. Over the decades, you will note a definite trend towards increased safety and less abandon with fireworks and explosives, for instance. In the early part of the century, the sizzle, crack, boom began at dawn! I’m having a hard time visualizing how those four guys won the three-legged race, but maybe someone can draw me a picture. Also, how many of us would have the patience to listen to the entire Declaration of Independence?
By the Depression, the “Good Old Way” of celebrating the Fourth had become far less cavalier and more safety conscious than depicted in this cartoon from the June 29, 1906 issue.