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.

Countless corporations — from Delta Air Lines, Coca-Cola, and Porsche to UPS and LinkedIn — are calling out the Georgia voting laws, calling them "restrictive," "racist," and "discriminative." Meanwhile, words like "stakeholder" and "equitable" are starting to show up in their arguments.

On the radio program, Glenn Beck gave the "decoder ring" for what's really going on here, because our society is being completely redesigned in front of our eyes.

There's a reason why all these big businesses are speaking out now, and it has very little to do with genuine ideology, Glenn explained. It's all about ESG scores and forcing "compliance" through the monetization of social justice.

Glenn went on to detail exactly what ESG scores are, how they're calculated, and why these social credit scores explain the latest moves from "woke" companies.

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Dallas Jenkins is a storyteller — and he's telling the most important story of all time in a way that many believed was impossible.

Jenkins is the creator of "The Chosen," a free, crowdfunded series about the life of Jesus that rivals Hollywood productions. And Season 2 could not have arrived at a better time — on Easter weekend 2021. Church attendance has dropped, people are hungry for something bigger than all of us, and many are choosing social justice activism, political parties, or even the climate change movement as "religions" over God.

This Easter weekend, Jenkins joined Glenn on the "Glenn Beck Podcast" to discuss the aspects of Jesus that often get overlooked and break through the misconceptions about who Jesus really is to paint a clear picture of why America needs Emmanuel, "God with us," now more than ever.

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Award-winning investigative journalist Lara Logan joined Glenn Beck on the radio program this week to argue the Biden administration's border crisis is "enabling" drug cartels, allowing them to exploit migrants, use border wall construction roads, and cross the border much more easily.

Lara, who has witnessed and experienced firsthand some of the worst violence around the world as a war correspondent for CBS News, told Glenn it's "not an overstatement" to call the cartels in Mexico "the most violent and powerful criminal organizations on the face of the earth." And while they're "at war with us, we've been asleep at the wheel."

But Lara also offers solutions that the U.S. can enact to stop these horrific atrocities.

"There's more than 30,000 Mexican civilians who are massacred every year in Mexico by the cartels. And that's just the bodies that the Mexican government owns up to or knows about, right?" Lara said. "There's Mexicans buried in unmarked mass graves all across the country. I mean, everyone knows that the violence of the cartels is not like anything anyone has ever seen before. It even pales in comparison to, at times, to what terrorist groups like ISIS have done."

Lara went on to explain some of the unspeakable acts of violence and murder that occur at the hands of the Mexican cartels — 98% of which go uninvestigated.

"That's not unprosecuted, Glenn. That's uninvestigated," Lara emphasized. "[Cartels] operate with impunity. So the law enforcement guy, the policemen, the marine, the National Guardsmen, who are trying to do the right thing, who are not in the pocket of the cartels — what chance do those guys have? They've got no chance. You know where they end up? In one of those unmarked graves."

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Have you noticed an insane number of companies "going woke" lately? There's a big reason for why this is happening NOW, and it's not just virtue-signaling. Big corporations, one by one, are pulling the trigger on an initiative that has been in the works for about a decade.

On Glenn TV this week, Glenn Beck exposes the framework that was built and inserted into business schools all across the countries. Critical race theory, gender, and "social justice" were given a higher priority than just doing good business.

Glenn has the documents that reveal what's coming to YOUR business or the company you work for and what will happen to companies that don't comply. And what started out as an indoctrination at the university level is now being taught in public schools K-12. They're teaching our kids to be equity activists right under our noses, and the indoctrination is working.

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