: Fourth of July festivities in Hamilton, Ohio in 1968 included a children's wagon parade. Five photographs show children in the wagon-decorating contest, along with their toy wagons decorated as conestoga wagons and other patriotic themes. The photographs measure 2" x 2" (5.08 x 5.08 cm). 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 4 a federal holiday. View on Ohio Memory.
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: Daily Life; Fourth of July celebrations; Holidays; Parades; Wagons; Children Places
: Hamilton (Ohio); Butler County (Ohio)