: Photographs documenting a Fourth of July parade of boats held on Buckeye Lake in Fairfield County, Ohio, in 1969. Buckeye Lake near Millersport, Ohio, was built in 1826 as a feeder lake for the canal system. Recreation was a popular activity at the lake in the 19th century, and many people visited Buckeye Lake Amusement Park, which operated in the 1940s and 1950s. In 1949, Buckeye Lake State Park was created. Independence Day, celebrated on July 4th, commemorates the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Although Congress voted for independence on July 2nd, the declaration was dated July 4th. In 1777, Philadelphia marked the occasion by adjourning Congress and celebrating with bonfires, bells, and fireworks, and the custom eventually spread to other towns. During the Revolutionary War, the holiday was celebrated by rifle and cannon salutes, setting a precedent for booming noises. Independence Day celebrations traditionally include fireworks, parades, picnics, speeches, and military displays. Observations throughout the nation became even more common at the end of the War of 1812. In 1941, Congress declared July 4th a federal holiday. View on Ohio Memory.
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: Sports; Fourth of July celebrations; Boats; Parades; Buckeye Lake (Ohio)--History; Places
: Millersport (Ohio); Fairfield County (Ohio)