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100 Years of July 4th in Delaware

4th of July parade

Written on: July 3rd, 2018 in Blog Posts


Delaware has always had it’s own unique 4th of July traditions throughout the years. Here’s a collection from the Delaware Public Archives of some of Delaware’s historic 4th of July photos.  

1911

family hangs out at the beach on July 4th

A family enjoys Rehoboth Beach on July 4th in 1911. 

1913 

4th of July parade

Rehoboth celebrates July 4th by holding a parade.

1943

man dressed as Ceasar Rodney

Harry Mitchell dresses as Caesar Rodney during a 4th of July parade in Wilmington 1943.

1950

boys compete in Pie eating contest

Boys compete in a July 4th pie eating contest in Dewey in 1950. 

Gov Carvel helps ring in the 4th of July

Governor Carvel celebrates Independence Day in 1950 by ringing Delaware’s Liberty Bell at Delaware Park. 

1959

Men celebrate the 4th of july in front of the memorial bridge

Men celebrate the 4th in front of the Delaware Memorial Bridge in 1959.

1980

fireworks in front of the capital building

Fireworks shine out in front of Legislative Hall in Dover in 1980.

1984

Miss Delaware Nancy Ball participates in an egg toss as part of her 4th of July festivities in Kent in 1984. 

All photos are courtesy of the Delaware Public Archives. To find out more about Delaware’s history check out their website.  

 


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