See how much the Fourth of July has changed over 241 years

Have you ever wondered what your great-great-grandparents' Fourth of July looked like? Join us on a two-and-a-half-century journey through history to discover some of the old-time traditions and fascinating ways Independence Day has been celebrated since 1776.

1776

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In the midst of a revolution and construction of a brand new government, how was the very first Fourth of July celebrated? Determined to gain independence, Americans had fought and sacrificed blood, sweat and tears to start a nation of their own. The shouting and firing of muskets that followed the first public readings of the Declaration of Independence represented America's first celebrations of independence. Americans lit bonfires, fired guns, rang bells and disposed of symbols of the British monarchy.

It is obvious John Adams' wish came true when he declared the signing of the Declaration of Independence should be a "great anniversary festival" and "solemnized with Pomp and Parade, with Shews, Games, Sports, Guns, Bells, Bonfires and Illuminations from one End of this Continent to the other from this Time forward forever more."

1777

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A year later, the founding fathers decided to commemorate their success in Philadelphia. Ships in the harbor were decked in the nation's colors. Cannons fired 13-gun salutes in honor of each state. Parades and fireworks further spiced up the festivities.

Admist the war, General George Washington and his soldiers celebrated the birth of their new country with double rations of rum.

1800s

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With dreams of a better future, courageous American pioneers moved westward to tame the lands millions of Americans call home today. As they settled the frontier, the pioneers celebrated Independence Day with as much spirit as ever, using dynamite instead of traditional fireworks to light up the sky.

Early 1900s

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Ever wonder how they celebrated the Fourth of July in the days of horse-and-buggy? Picture a big town picnic with dancing and often held with food aplenty. Women and girls would dress in red, white or blue ribbons and rooms would be decorated with flags and bunting.

Despite global warfare and trying times, Fourth of July celebrations continued wherever Americans gathered. Allied forces joined American troops in London and Paris for the festivities. Allied soldiers expressed their gratitude to Americans by acknowledging the nation's birthday, lifting the spirits of all who participated. On July 4, 1918, The New York Times reported that "Paris turned out today as almost never in its history to celebrate the Fourth of July."

1940s

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Post World War II, the Fourth of July was celebrated with the optimism of a bright future ahead! Americans put their hardships behind them and began afresh to achieve the American Dream.

Today

Today, there is almost nothing Americans skimp on when it comes to celebrating the Fourth of July. Families enjoy weekend trips and barbecues, extravagant floats adorn patriotic parades and fireworks light up the night sky. While the concept of many of these traditions has remained the same, Americans in the 21st century keep making the Fourth of July bigger and more exciting each year. But do we remember how it began and what it all means?

What do you do to celebrate the Fourth of July? Share your traditions in the comments section below.

Americans are losing faith in our justice system and the idea that legal consequences are applied equally — even to powerful elites in office.

Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to detail what he believes will come next with the Durham investigation, which hopefully will provide answers to the Obama FBI's alleged attempts to sabotage former President Donald Trump and his campaign years ago.

Rep. Nunes and Glenn assert that we know Trump did NOT collude with Russia, and that several members of the FBI possibly committed huge abuses of power. So, when will we see justice?

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The corporate media is doing everything it can to protect Dr. Anthony Fauci after Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) roasted him for allegedly lying to Congress about funding gain-of-function research in Wuhan, China.

During an extremely heated exchange at a Senate hearing on Tuesday, Sen. Paul challenged Dr. Fauci — who, as the director of the National Institute of Allergies and Infectious Diseases, oversees research programs at the National Institute of Health — on whether the NIH funded dangerous gain-of-function research at the Wuhan Institute of Virology.

Dr. Fauci denied the claims, but as Sen. Paul knows, there are documents that prove Dr. Fauci's NIH was funding gain-of-function research in the Wuhan biolab before COVID-19 broke out in China.

On "The Glenn Beck Program," Glenn and Producer Stu Burguiere presented the proof, because Dr. Fauci's shifting defenses don't change the truth.

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Critical race theory: A special brand of evil

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Part of what makes it hard for us to challenge the left is that their beliefs are complicated. We don't mean complicated in a positive way. They aren't complicated the way love is complicated. They're complicated because there's no good explanation for them, no basis in reality.

The left cannot pull their heads out of the clouds. They are stuck on romantic ideas, abstract ideas, universal ideas. They talk in theories. They see the world through ideologies. They cannot divorce themselves from their own academic fixations. And — contrary to what they believe and how they act — it's not because leftists are smarter than the rest of us. And studies have repeatedly shown that leftists are the least happy people in the country. Marx was no different. The Communist Manifesto talks about how the rise of cities "rescued a considerable part of the population from the idiocy of rural life."

Studies have repeatedly shown that leftists are the least happy people in the country.

Instead of admitting that they're pathological hypocrites, they tell us that we're dumb and tell us to educate ourselves. Okay, so we educate ourselves; we return with a coherent argument. Then they say, "Well, you can't actually understand what you just said unless you understand the work of this other obscure Marxist writer. So educate yourselves more."

It's basically the "No True Scotsman" fallacy, the idea that when you point out a flaw in someone's argument, they say, "Well, that's a bad example."

After a while, it becomes obvious that there is no final destination for their bread-crumb trail. Everything they say is based on something that somebody else said, which is based on something somebody else said.

Take critical race theory. We're sure you've noticed by now that it is not evidence-based — at all. It is not, as academics say, a quantitative method. It doesn't use objective facts and data to arrive at conclusions. Probably because most of those conclusions don't have any basis in reality.

Critical race theory is based on feelings. These feelings are based on theories that are also based on feelings.

We wanted to trace the history of critical race theory back to the point where its special brand of evil began. What allowed it to become the toxic, racist monster that it is today?

Later, we'll tell you about some of the snobs who created critical theory, which laid the groundwork for CRT. But if you follow the bread-crumb trail from their ideas, you wind up with Marxism.

For years, the staff has devoted a lot of time to researching Marxism. We have read a lot of Marx and Marxist writing. It's part of our promise to you to be as informed as possible, so that you know where to go for answers; so that you know what to say when your back is up against the wall. What happens when we take the bread-crumb trail back farther, past Marxism? What is it based on?

This is the point where Marxism became Marxism and not just extra-angry socialism.

It's actually based on the work of one of the most important philosophers in human history, a 19th-century German philosopher named Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel.

This is the point where Marxism became Marxism and not just extra-angry socialism. And, as you'll see in just a bit, if we look at Hegel's actual ideas, it's obvious that Marx completely misrepresented them in order to confirm his own fantasies.

So, in a way, that's where the bread-crumb trail ends: With Marx's misrepresentation of an incredibly important, incredibly useful philosophy, a philosophy that's actually pretty conservative.

This post is part of a series on critical race theory. Read the full series here.

We've heard a lot about critical race theory lately, and for good reason: It's a racist ideology designed to corrupt our children and undermine our American values. But most of what we see are the results of a process that has been underway for decades. And that's not something the mainstream media, the Democrat Party, and even teachers unions want you to know. They're doing everything in their power to try and convince you that it's no big deal. They want to sweep everything under the rug and keep you in the dark. To fight it, we need to understand what fuels it.

On his Wednesday night special this week, Glenn Beck exposes the deep-seated Marxist origins of CRT and debunks the claims that it's just a harmless term for a school of legal scholarship. Newsweek opinion editor Josh Hammer joins to argue why we must ban critical race theory from our schools if we want to save a very divided nation.

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