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.


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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."


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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.


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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."


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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, 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.

Everything comes down to the two Senate runoffs in Georgia. If we lose both races, we lose the country. Democrats know this and are pouring in millions to usher in a Marxist agenda.

As the Left tries to hide how radical the two candidates really are, Glenn takes us inside the Democrat war room to expose the wolf in pastor's clothing, Raphael Warnock, and America's Justin Trudeau, Jon Ossoff. Socialism, the Green New Deal, and "defund the police" are all on the table. And Glenn warns of what's to come if conservatives don't activate: Chuck Schumer will weaponize the Senate, and the radical Left will launch an all-out assault to ravage the Constitution.

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Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) joined the "Glenn Beck Radio Program" to explain how mail-in ballots are typically disqualified during recounts at a far higher rate than in-person, Election Day ballots, and why this is "good news" for President Donald Trump's legal battle over the election.

"One of the things that gives the greatest cause for optimism is, this election ... there's a pretty marked disparity in terms of how the votes were distributed. On Election Day, with in-person voting, Donald Trump won a significant majority of the votes cast on in-person voting on Election Day. Of mail-in voting, Joe Biden won a significant majority of the votes cast early on mail-in voting," Cruz explained.

"Now, here's the good news: If you look historically to recounts, if you look historically to election litigation, the votes cast in person on Election Day tend to stand. It's sort of hard to screw that up. Those votes are generally legal, and they're not set aside. Mail-in votes historically have a much higher rate of rejection … when they're examined, there are a whole series of legal requirements that vary state by state, but mail-in votes consistently have a higher rate of rejection, which suggests that as these votes begin being examined and subjected to scrutiny, that you're going to see Joe Biden's vote tallies go down. That's a good thing," he added. "The challenge is, for President Trump to prevail, he's got to run the table. He's got to win, not just in one state but in several states. That makes it a lot harder to prevail in the litigation. I hope that he does so, but it is a real challenge and we shouldn't try to convince ourselves otherwise."

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Fox News senior meteorologist Janice Dean is perhaps even more disgusted with New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) for his coronavirus response than BlazeTV's Stu Burguiere (read what Stu has to say on the subject here), and for a good reason.

She lost both of her in-laws to COVID-19 in New York's nursing homes after Gov. Cuomo's infamous nursing home mandate, which Cuomo has since had scrubbed from the state's website and blamed everyone from the New York Post to nursing care workers to (every leftist's favorite scapegoat) President Donald Trump.

Janice joined Glenn and Stu on the "Glenn Beck Radio Program" Tuesday to ask why mainstream media is not holding Gov. Cuomo — who recently published a book about his leadership during the COVID-19 pandemic — accountable?

"I'm vocal because I have not seen the mainstream media ask these questions or demand accountability of their leaders. [Cuomo] really has been ruling with an iron fist, and every time he does get asked a question, he blames everybody else except the person that signed that order," Janice said.

"In my mind, he's profiting off the over 30 thousand New Yorkers, including my in-laws, that died by publishing a book on 'leadership' of New York," she added. "His order has helped kill thousands of relatives of New York state. And this is not political, Glenn. This is not about Republican or Democrat. My in-laws were registered Democrats. This is not about politics. This is about accountability for something that went wrong, and it's because of your [Cuomo's] leadership that we're put into this situation."

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As America grows divided and afraid to disagree with the Democrats' woke plan for America, Megyn Kelly is ready to fight back for the truth. For nearly two decades, she navigated the volatile and broken world of the media. But as America leans on independent voices more than ever, she's breaking new ground with "The Megyn Kelly Show."

She joined the latest Glenn Beck Podcast to break down what's coming next after the election: Black Lives Matter is mainstream, leftists are making lists of Trump supporters, and the Hunter Biden scandal is on the back burner.

Megyn and Glenn reminisce about their cable news days (including her infamous run-in with then-presidential candidate Donald Trump) and to look into the chaotic and shady world of journalism and the growing entitlement it's bred. For example, many conservatives have been shocked by how Fox News handled the election.

Megyn defended Fox News, saying she believes Fox News' mission "is a good one," but also didn't hold back on hosts like Neil Cavuto, who cut off a White House briefing to fact check it — something she never would have done, even while covering President Obama.

Megyn also shared this insightful takeaway from her time at NBC: "Jane Fonda was an ass."

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