The 4th of July doesn't mean much anymore except for a day off work and an excuse to party. This certainly isn't the empire the founding fathers imagined when they risked their lives fighting the English overlords in the late 1700's. In 2013 the idea of a free republic still existing in America is a fantasy, replaced by a technocratic police state ran by foreign banks and globalist loyalists intent on destroying the very core that makes us American - The Constitution. Here are some images and news articles from the 4th of July 1903.
July 4th, 1903, was an unusually quiet day. No general celebration was held, and we would scarcely know here that it was a great national holiday were it not for the small boy and his firecrackers. In the afternoon and evening the Plattdeutscher Verein held a picnic on Tivoli Island, which was well attended. The usual number of small accidents occurred. Friday night a carelessly fired skyrocket struck the curb in Main Street, then flew upwards and struck Miss Jaedecke, setting her dress on fire. Men nearby went to her rescue and put the fire out before any serious damage was done. Francis Darcey had his face burned with a canon cracker; Edward Conrad had his left hand injured with a toy, pistol; Herbert Kusel’s face and eyes were slightly burned with a toy cannon; Miss Julia Pfaffenbach had her hand injured with a skyrocket, and Henry Behrens, town of Watertown, had a finger torn off with a cannon cracker.
Fourth of July Picnic at Alpine Park in Denver
As Americans spend this fourth of July endlessly texting and updating their Facebook status, pretty much unaware that one hundred years ago the first "tweet" so to speak was sent by then President Theodore Roosevelt. The message wishing "A happy Independence day to the U.S., it's territories and properties" was delivered by the Commercial Pacific Cable Company (AT&T) taking nine excruciating minutes to spread the word worldwide.
Three inches of Independence Day snow was dumped on Leadville, Colorado, on July 4, 1903. (Ogden Standard Examiner)
Tough gold hunting dudes in Nome, Alaska had no problem celebrating the Fourth of July. Over three thousand people showed up at the White House for Independence Day speeches and fun, however President Roosevelt wasn't one of them. He was busy giving a speech in Huntington, New York. Educator and fellow inventor Edward M. Gallaudet sent a fourth of July letter to Alexander Graham Bell in 1903 and forgot to wish his fellow American a happy Independence Day! On July 4th, 1903 the "fastest girl on Earth" Dorothy Levitt became the first woman to compete in and win an automobile race!
The No North No South War memorial was erected on July 4th, 1903 in Greensboro South Carolina as a reminder of the Revolutionary War.
4th of July parade on main street in Prescott, Arizona. Today in Prescott they are also celebrating the heroic lives of the 19 Hotshot Firemen that were killed a week prior.
A bunch of rich white dudes used the fourth of July as an excuse to start the Oakmont Yacht club in 1903. A hundred years later and it's the oldest inland yacht club in America. How's that for freedom.
The embattled Indian Chief Red Cloud gave his farewell address to the Lakota nation on July 4th, 1903. This group of Flathead Indians pictured on their reserve in Montana definitely do not look like celebrating.
Why do we even watch fireworks on the 4th?
Tierney Sneed explains America's fascination with fireworks on the fourth of July in a U.S. News World report:
Thought to be invented by the Chinese 2,000 years ago, fireworks have been a tradition of America's Fourth of July celebrations since the country's inception, with the founding fathers themselves seeing fireworks fit to mark the birth of their nation. In a July 3, 1776 letter to his wife, John Adams declared that the signing of the Declaration of Independence should be a "great anniversary Festival" and "solemnized with Pomp and Parade, with Shews, Games, Sports, Guns, Bells, Bonfires and Illuminations from one End of this Continent to the other from this Time forward forever more."
A year later, Congress itself ordained the tradition, enjoying in Philadelphia "a grand exhibition of fireworks, which began and concluded with thirteen rockets on the commons," according to the Evening Post. The celebratory firing of muskets, artillery and other explosives was a carryover from colonial days. "What was different about it is they began to have the fireworks represent the 13 states," James Heintze, a retired librarian emeritus of American University and author of the "Fourth of July Encyclopedia," says. "The numerical symbolism became very important for the Fourth of July."
Boston also saw a fireworks display in 1777. In the following years, the tradition spread through the Boston area to New York and other cities, with various papers reporting colorful displays lighting the sky at the time. Fourth of July celebrations through the 1876 centennial saw the popularization of set pieces, enormous platforms to which fireworks were attached, creating images of flags, bells and other Independence Day iconography that have lost favor since. Cities sought to outdo one another with their displays, with New York becoming the leader of fireworks celebrations, having 15 different displays throughout the city.
Pyrotechnicians – the best bringing the craft over from Italy – emerged as a profession in the early 1800s, as cities hired them to design and execute their exhibitions. This period also saw the rise of fireworks being sold to the public. By 1783, Philadelphia merchants were selling fireworks to its citizenry, including the very young, making the streets a dangerous place on the Fourth.
"Children would walk down the street in Philadelphia and would throw a lit firecracker on a table of fireworks a merchant was trying to sell," Heintze says. In 1867, the Washington Evening Star reported one firm had received orders of orders 2,000 boxes of fireworks, 84,000 torpedoes and 190,000 roman candles. Terrible fires ravaged American cities and towns throughout the 19th century due to the excessive fireworks use. The pioneers also brought the practice out West, using dynamite instead of traditional fireworks to light up the sky.
Early attempts to regulate citizen fireworks focused more on the noise – celebrations would often start on July 3 and carry on for a day and a half – than the danger involved. It wasn't until the turn of the 20th century that momentum to crack down on street fireworks started to grow, with the American Medical Association beginning to track casualties in 1903.
One hundred years later Americans don't even know why they are celebrating the fourth of July...