The 4th: Bygone And Current

Officially, another July 4th has come and gone. But since many businesses are closed today (and some folks are still celebrating), I thought I’d share some thoughts about the holiday. And some pictures from our holiday weekend.

A few weeks ago, I was able to purchase a flyer on Ebay. This little pamphlet was printed for a Fourth of July celebration held in our town in 1916: 105 years ago yesterday. (My mom would have been 6 years old then…)

Some of you (of age) who live in our area may recognize some individuals’ names and business names.

Here’s the front of the flyer:

Page 2. I found the prizes awarded to the winners of the sports events to be amusing.

Page 3. It’s also interesting to read the prizes awarded for the ‘domestic’ contests.

And the final page of the flyer. I don’t know that any of the businesses that were sponsors then are still operating today.  I remember some of them from my childhood days.

Now, for OUR July 4th, 2021.  We found these solar horse lights at Tractor Supply, and at the suggestion of my friend, Donna, created a red, white and blue display. We also hung buntings on our deck and patriotic “column hangings” on our front porch.

Our town fireworks took place on Friday evening with perfect weather conditions.

And the river that runs by our house was very busy this holiday weekend with boat traffic. It’s always fun to see them flying the American flag.

And how did YOU celebrate our nation’s birthday?

~These Days Of Mine~



10 responses to “The 4th: Bygone And Current

  1. What a wonderful find that flyer is! 1916! It is always amazing to me that things like that survive!
    Your Independence Day pictures were lovely. Gives a warm glow to see everyone celebrating our country.
    Great picture of fire works.

  2. Isn’t that a fun flyer to read……good for you finding it. Things sure have changed! Your celebration photos of the 4th are pretty too….our 4th was very quiet (thankfully) – at home – no fireworks…….just celebrating the fact we live in this beautiful country of ours.


  3. That flier took me back to the summer fairs of my childhood, and the 4-H and “home goods” competitions – not just the Light Horse and Beef shows, but canning and pies and all the “good stuff” inside. So interesting and neat that it survived the times ~ and to imagine your mother as a little girl going to the festivities and seeing someone win $2.00!! Loved your Red, White and Blue horses and noticed your patriotic bunting on another post ~~ God Bless America, my home sweet home.



  4. Well, I listened to the fireworks, worked on the 4th, had a pizza for dinner, then fell asleep while watching a movie ; )

  5. That flyer is fascinating, especially the practical prizes. Thanks for sharing your find and the photos of the local celebrations. I’m in Britain so nothing special happening for 4th July……cooked a ham in cider and maple syrup for meal with family members.

  6. Fascinating to read the old program !
    We especially liked that the Reception Committee for the Domestic Events included “Mrs. Olive Branch.” So presumably there were no sore losers.

  7. Loved the glimpse back into history through the flyer. What a find you’ve made. And to recognize some names from the past. We had good ‘ole American Cheeseburgers with Mom and an afternoon of porch sitting!

  8. Shirley Matthews Dunn

    What a great piece of history you found with the flyer!! So fun & interesting. I too remembered some of those business. Loved the horses and the firework pictures.

  9. That flyer is amazing! What a find. I love your horses! We had friends over for sips and nibbles Sunday night and a neighbor came over Monday for a little cookout. Fun to be with friends.

  10. How neat is that flyer? So fun to read even though I’m not from your area. I absolutely love your red, white, and blue horses! What a fun idea!

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