Thursday, July 04, 2013

Independence Day, 1903

Today's photo shows a parade going through Downtown Anaheim, along Center St. (now Lincoln Ave.), on July 4, 1903. It looks like most of the town marched or rode in the parade.

The L.A. Times reported Anaheim's 1903 "programme for the Fourth of July... as follows: Seven a.m., firing of guns; 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. band concerts; 10 a.m., start of grand parade from Del Campo corner, floats, automobiles, horsemen, bands, military companies, Columbia Marching Club, carriages, etc.; 11 a.m., reading Declaration of Independence, music, songs and children's programme; 11:15 a.m., oration of the day by Senator Caldwell; 12 [noon], military companies go into camp; 12:30 p.m., barbecue for military companies and distinguished guests of the day; 2 to 6 p.m., athletic sports; 3 p.m., ball game; 4 p.m., grand parade of horribles; 7 to 8 p.m., band concerts; 8 p.m., fireworks and grand electrical illumination; 9:30 p.m. grand ball at Operahouse. H. A. Dickel will be grand marshal. Anaheim, Fullerton, Santa Ana, Buena Park and Orange will be represented in the parade by floats and organizations."

The community had to raise over $600 to make it all happen, but a good time was had by the thousands who attended. It seems just about everyone in town was filled with patriotic fervor.

One hundred and ten years later, America faces a strange Independence Day full of contradictions. Even as we celebrate freedom, more and more of our freedoms are being taken away. Public apathy and ignorance allow elected officials on both sides of the aisle to undercut individual liberty and give themselves more power. Putting out flags and bunting and throwing a big party is a great thing to do on the Fourth of July -- But only if you back it up on Election Day and on every other day of the year.

3 comments:

CoxPilot said...

Amen!

outsidetheberm said...

"If destruction be our lot we must ourselves be its author and finisher. As a nation of freemen we must live through all time or die by suicide".
--- Abraham Lincoln

Reading Abraham Lincoln's Lyceum Address in its entirety every July 4th might serve us all well, Chris.

I can only offer one additional observation as a college professor; many students today appear to have little to no understanding of the monumental wisdom our founders shared. As a nation, we need to rekindle that fire - and the passion for freedom from government tyranny.

Celia said...

This is awesome!