Fourth of July

Photos: How Washingtonians Celebrated the Fourth of July in the 1910s

Photos: How Washingtonians Celebrated the Fourth of July in the 1910s

When we think of Fourth of July, we think of parades, food, drinking, and fireworks. At the turn of the 20th century, things weren’t very different. Americans celebrated Independence Day with a little too much fervor. Between 1903 and 1910, the American Medical Association reported that there were more than 1,500 deaths on July 4. Five thousand people were injured in 1909 alone. As a response, President Taft called for a “Sane Fourth,” and in the 1910s, newspapers warned readers about “raucous celebrations” and pleaded for people to “hearken back to the ‘sane’ celebrations of yesteryear.”

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What Happens If It Rains During DC’s Fourth of July Fireworks?

What Happens If It Rains During DC’s Fourth of July Fireworks?

Photograph by Flickr user erin_m.

Photograph by Flickr user erin_m.

Originally published at Washingtonian.

Fourth of July fireworks on the Fifth of July?

It could happen. There’s a 50 percent chance of rain on Saturday, with a thunderstorms and moderate wind possible. High winds, heavy rain, thunder, and lightning (sort of like what we had Tuesday night) could warrant a postponement to July 5 at 9:09 PM, National Park Service spokesperson Mike Litterst says.

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The Park Service will post updates to Twitter and Facebook if the fireworks display is postponed. You can also find more information about planned Fourth of July events at nps.gov.

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