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A great fourth of July Old Time Radio Collection about Independence day or broadcasted on the 4th of July.
Independence Day, commonly known as the Fourth of July, is a federal holiday in the United States commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, declaring independence from the Kingdom of Great Britain. Independence Day is commonly associated with fireworks, parades, barbecues, carnivals, fairs, picnics, concerts, baseball games, family reunions, and political speeches and ceremonies, in addition to various other public and private events celebrating the history, government, and traditions of the United States. Independence Day is the national day of the United States.
During the American Revolution, the legal separation of the Thirteen Colonies from Great Britain occurred on July 2, 1776, when the Second Continental Congress voted to approve a resolution of independence that had been proposed in June by Richard Henry Lee of Virginia declaring the United States independent from Great Britain. After voting for independence, Congress turned its attention to the Declaration of Independence, a statement explaining this decision, which had been prepared by a Committee of Five, with Thomas Jefferson as its principal author. Congress debated and revised the Declaration, finally approving it on July 4. A day later, John Adams had written to his wife Abigail:
The second day of July, 1776, will be the most memorable epoch in the history of America. I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival. It ought to be commemorated as the day of deliverance, by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations, from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward forever more.
Adams's prediction was off by two days. From the outset, Americans celebrated independence on July 4, the date shown on the much-publicized Declaration of Independence, rather than on July 2, the date the resolution of independence was approved in a closed session of Congress.
There is no question that July 4, 1776 is the date that the Congress approved the final official document, having voted to declare independence two days earlier. Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, and Benjamin Franklin all later wrote that they had also signed it on that day. However, most historians have concluded that the Declaration was signed nearly a month after its adoption, on August 2, 1776, and not on July 4 as is commonly believed.
In a remarkable coincidence, both John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, the only signers of the Declaration of Independence later to serve as Presidents of the United States, died on the same day: July 4, 1826, which was the 50th anniversary of the Declaration. Although not a signer of the Declaration of Independence, but another Founding Father who became a President, James Monroe, died on July 4, 1831, thus becoming the third president in a row who died on this memorable day. Calvin Coolidge, the 30th President, was born on July 4, 1872, and, so far, is the only President to have been born on Independence Day.
Independence Day is a national holiday marked by patriotic displays. Similar to other summer-themed events, Independence Day celebrations often take place outdoors. Independence Day is a federal holiday, so all non-essential federal institutions (like the postal service and federal courts) are closed on that day. Many politicians make it a point on this day to appear at a public event to praise the nation's heritage, laws, history, society, and people.
Families often celebrate Independence Day by hosting or attending a picnic or barbecue and take advantage of the day off and, in some years, long weekend to gather with relatives. Decorations (e.g., streamers, balloons, and clothing) are generally colored red, white, and blue, the colors of the American flag. Parades are often in the morning, while fireworks displays occur in the evening at such places as parks, fairgrounds, or town squares.
The night before the Fourth was once the focal point of celebrations, marked by raucous gatherings often incorporating bonfires as their centerpiece. In New England, towns competed to build towering pyramids, assembled from hogsheads and barrels and casks. They were lit at nightfall, to usher in the celebration. The highest were in Salem, Massachusetts (on Gallows Hill, the famous site of the execution of 13 women and 6 men for witchcraft in 1692 during the Salem witch trials, where the tradition of bonfires in celebration had persisted), composed of as many as forty tiers of barrels; these are the tallest bonfires ever recorded. The custom flourished in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, and is still practiced in some New England towns.
Independence Day fireworks are often accompanied by patriotic songs such as the national anthem "The Star-Spangled Banner", "God Bless America", "America the Beautiful", "My Country, 'Tis of Thee", "This Land Is Your Land", "Stars and Stripes Forever", and, regionally, "Yankee Doodle" in northeastern states and "Dixie" in southern states. Some of the lyrics recall images of the Revolutionary War or the War of 1812.
Firework shows are held in many states, and many fireworks are sold for personal use or as an alternative to a public show. Safety concerns have led some states to ban fireworks or limit the sizes and types allowed. Illicit traffic transfers many fireworks from less restrictive states.
A salute of one gun for each state in the United States, called a “salute to the union,” is fired on Independence Day at noon by any capable military base.
In 2009, New York City had the largest fireworks display in the country, with over 22 tons of pyrotechnics exploded. Other major displays are in Chicago on Lake Michigan; in San Diego over Mission Bay; in Boston on the Charles River; in St. Louis on the Mississippi River; in San Francisco over the San Francisco Bay; and on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.. During the annual Windsor-Detroit International Freedom Festival, Detroit, Michigan hosts one of the world's largest fireworks displays, over the Detroit River, to celebrate Independence Day in conjunction with Windsor, Ontario's celebration of Canada Day.
While the official observance always falls on July 4th, participation levels may vary according to which day of the week the 4th falls on. If the holiday falls in the middle of the week, some fireworks displays and celebrations may take place during the weekend for convenience, again, varying by region.
The first week of July is typically one of the busiest American travel periods of the year, as many people utilize the holiday for extended vacation trips.
Anthology 54-07-04 Special July 4th Edition
Arthur Godfrey Collection 47-07-04 First Song - I Want to sing an American Song
Avalon Time 39-07-08 Forth of July Picnic
Backstage Wife 50-07-04 Rupert Barlow Arrives at Mary's Home
Broadway is my Beat 53-07-04 The John Rand Murder Case
California Melodies 40-07-04 (012) First Song - Devil May Care
Calling All Cars 34-07-04 July Fourth In a Radio Car
Cavalcade of America 360101 13 Declaration of Independence
Cavalcade Of America 361230 063 Yankee Independence
Cavalcade of America 420511 278 A Tooth for Paul Revere
CBS European News 40-07-04 - 164th Anniv. of US Independence
Chase And Sanborn Hour 37-07-04 Guest - Zazu Pitts
Coke Time 54-07-04 First Song - The Sunny Side Of The Street
Columbia Workshop 440704 Home For The Fourth
Comic Weekly Man 53-06-28 Why Do We Celebrate Independence Day, First Comic - Beetle Bailey
Connee Boswell Show 44-07-05 Fourth of July Picnic
Couple Next Door 1958-07-04 Sunburn
Daredevils Of Hollywood 38-07-04 Frank McGrath
Declaration of Independence
Democracy in America 62-01-31 The 4th of July in Albany 1831
Democracy in America 62-02-07 The Arc of Civilization
Destination Freedom 48-07-04 Railway to Freedom
Escape 480704 A Tooth for Paul Revere
Eternal Light 61-04-16 The Roots of Independence
Eyes Aloft 42-09-07 G Witman
Father Knows Best 510705 Meaning of Freedoms
FDR 41-07-04 - Declaration of Independence Speech
FDR 41-07-04-Fireside Chat
Front Page Drama 36-07-04 Dream Girl
Goldbergs 41-07-04 (0994) Dr Cater and His Father
Great Gildersleeve 42-06-07 (041) The Sneezes
Great Gildersleeve 46-06-09 Flashback-Jolly Boys Fourth of July
Great Gildersleeve 52-07-02 Fourth of July Speech
Heartbeat Theater Fourth Of July Reunion
Hearts In Harmony 47-07-04 Peg Plots A Bold Move
Hollywood_Bowl 44-07-04 Holocaust Special
In the Name of the Law 360628 July Fourth Picnic
Information Please 39-07-04 Guest - Lillian Gish, Marc Duffield
Inheritance 54-07-04 The Proclaim Liberty
Jean Shepherd 60 07 02 The July 4th Weekend
Jean Shepherd 60 07 04 Jean Shepherd
Jean Shepherd 63 07 03 Army Fourth
Jean Shepherd 63 07 04 The old mans fireworks stand
Jean Shepherd 64 07 04a LL Patriotism, Fireworks Stories
Jean Shepherd 64 07 04b LL Little Old Lady Shot
Jean Shepherd 65 04 07 Jews Harp - Nose Flute
Jean Shepherd 65 07 03 LL Dago Bomb
Jean Shepherd 67 07 04 Lud Kissell - Dago Bomb
Jean Shepherd 68 07 03 losing your eyebrows
Jean Shepherd 68 07 04 Dago Bomb
Jean Shepherd 69 07 04 Ludlow Kissel
Jean Shepherd 72 07 03 Parades
Jean Shepherd 73 07 04 ludlow kissel and the dago bomb
Jean Shepherd 75 07 03 WWII History Quiz
Jean Shepherd 75 07 04 Ludlow Kissel and the Dago Bomb
Jean Shepherd 83 07 04 Blimp Over Shepherd's House on July 4th
JFK 1957-07-04 - JFK read declaration of independence
Jubilee 47-07-04 Guest - Woody Herman, Jesse Price
Jungle Jim 42-07-04 (349) Army Officers Mysteriously Murdered
Life with Luigi 49-07-03 July 4th Parade
Lum and Abner 38-06-20 Lum to Leave for England on July 3rd
Lum and Abner 45-07-04 Fourth of July Picnic
Lum and Abner 46-07-04 Guests but No Rooms Left
Magnificent Montague 51-06-30 July Fourth
Makers Of History - Declaration Of Independence
Meet the Meeks 48-07-03 Company Picnic
Molle Mistery Theater 47-07-04 Challenge to the Listen
Mr President 48-07-04 Andrew Jackson
Murder by Experts 49-07-04 Two Coffins To Fill
Mystery Playhouse 47-07-04 Challenge to the Listener
Nick Harris 39-07-04 On The Stroke Of Eight
One Man's Family 49-07-04 A Reintroduction To The Barbours
Our Miss Brooks 490703 048 July 4th Trip to Eagle Springs
Philo Vance 50-07-04 (104) Muddy Murder Case
Private Files of Rex Saunders 51-07-04 Hidden Thoughts in a Feminine Mind
Quiz Kids 48-07-04 Celebrating Independence Day
Quiz Kids 51-07-01 Most Appropriate Hairdo For July 4th
Romance 50-07-04 Germelshausen
Sam Spade 48-07-04 The Rushlight Diamond Caper
Stars Over Hollywood 1953-07-04 - Appearance
Suspense 46-07-04 An Evenings Diversion
Texaco Town 37-07-04 Saymore Wants to Marry Pinky
The Cavalcade of America 361230 63 Yankee Independence
The Connee Boswell Show 44-07-05 Fourth of July Picnic
The FBI in Peace and War 58-07-04 (671) Retirement Plan
The Fifth Horseman 46-07-04
The Green Hornet 1944-07-04 660 The Make Believe Sheriff
The Lone Ranger 51-01-24 ep2812 Train From Independence
The Magic Key 37-07-04 Make a Wish
The Tide Show 51-09-07 First Song - Doctor, Lawyer, Indian Chief
The Unexpected 48-07-04 Museum
Theater of Romance 1950.07.04 240 Germelshausen
Turn Back The Clock - 1958-07-04 - First Tune - Carrie
Vic and Sade 46-07-04 Women's Auxiliary
Victory Parade 44-07-04 Harry James, First Song - Wildcat Stomp
We Came This Way 45-08-16 Kossuth - The Struggle for Independence
Words at War-440704-53-War Criminals and Punishment
Yankee Yarns 51-07-01 Fourth of July
You Are There - Philadelphia, July 4, 1776
Yours Truly Johnny Dollar 51-07-04 Alonzo Chapman Matter
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