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Parades, presidents and picnics: 8 historic photos of Independence Day in Philadelphia

Something about Fourth of July feels extra special in Philly, the birthplace of America. These moments — some comforting, others not so much — serve as a reminder of how this city has celebrated the Fourth over the last century.

All photos are courtesy of the Philadelphia Evening Bulletin via the Temple University Archives.

1926

A seated crowd and light traffic outside of the Art Museum while a program is conducted on the Museum’s steps. People also have gathered on Eakins Oval and around the Washington Monument to hear the program.

1927

Not all historic celebrations should be celebrated years later; to wit, that time the Ku Klux Klan began observance of the Fourth of July with a parade in Frankford.

1951

Grace Stanton stitches a large flag for the annual Fourth of July celebration in Fairmount Park. Harry B. Spillman puts the finishing touches on an American flag for the city’s commemoration of the 175th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence.

1958

Portraits of the presidents of the United States, each on a six-by-eight foot canvas, are assembled in Independence Mall for the 14th annual Bulletin Independence Day celebration.

1970

A family enjoys a picnic at Fairmount Park on the Schuylkill River bank while watching the annual Independence Day Regatta.

1973

Prize-winning participants in the morning Lawncrest parade were Sandy Connor, 9, and her brother, John, 12, of Benner Street, who rode a float as Martha and George Washington.

1976

Women discuss the Fourth of July Coalition at Frankford Avenue and Overington Street.

1978

Fireworks explode over Independence Hall.

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