Though it was celebrated long before that, the 4th of July has been an official holiday since 1941. In honor of the Fourth’s long history, here are some vintage photographs from Independence Days of the past. As you can see, you don’t always need fireworks to celebrate America’s birthday:
I hope everyone has a good 4th of July! Usually, I celebrate Independence Day by taking a lot of blurry photographs of the fireworks exploding in the sky above me and then posting them to twitter. I won’t be doing that this year but I’ll still find a way to celebrate everything that’s good about my home country.