A look back in time: Independence Day Celebrations

With Independence Day around the corner I thought it would be fun to take a look back in time to see how others celebrated the 4th of July.  Here are several images from our Photograph Collections.

4th of July Picnic, ca. 1900-1910. [Ralph M. Barker Photograph Collection, PC.0398.91]

4th of July picnic at Richlawn Stock Farm, 1905. [Ralph M. Barker Photograph Collection, PC.0398.91]

"Bardstown on day My Old Kentucky Home was dedicated to the State, July 4, 1923.  The U.S. Army Band from Camp Knox in the foreground."  [Postcard Collection, KYC/NEL-3]

My Old Kentucky Home dedication, July 4, 1923. [Postcard Collection, KYC/NEL-3]

Turn of the century image of the Palmer-Joyes Family celebrating July 4th. [Palmer-Joyes Family Photograph Collection, PC16.0112.2]

Turn of the 20th century image of the Palmer-Joyes family celebrating July 4th. [Palmer-Joyes Family Photograph Collection, PC16.0112.2]

4th of July at "Vista del Rio," 1902.  [William Aikin Photograph Collection, 000PC8.2]

A 4th of July picnic at Vista del Rio, St. Augustine, FL, home of Kentuckian Major William Aikin, 1902. [William Aikin Photograph Collection, 000PC8.2]

Little George Perkins dressed up as Yankee Doodle, ca. 1920.  [George Perkins Photograph Collection, 007PC14.46]

Little George Perkins dressed up as Yankee Doodle, ca. 1920. [George Perkins Photograph Collection, 007PC14.46]

As a reminder we will be closed on Friday, July 4th and Saturday, July 5th.  We hope you have a happy holiday!

Heather Potter

Heather Potter is the Curator of Photographs and Prints at The Filson Historical Society.

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