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.

There's been a lot of talk about the idea of a (peaceful) "national divorce" as the Left continues to abandon everything that made America what it is. Well, this week's guest on "The Glenn Beck Podcast" is all for that divorce. Michael Malice is the author of "The Anarchist Handbook" and host of the podcast "Your Welcome." He joined Glenn to talk about how an anarchist would peacefully take on America's greatest challenges — with a smile.

"My rights are not up for discussion," Malice told Glenn. He explained why his version of America will save America, and why, in spite of anxious talk of "national divorce," he has so much hope for the future.

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There are new curriculum standards being implemented into schools throughout the nation for health classes that not only go far beyond what's appropriate for young children, but are entrenched in clear political biases, too. Under the standards, third-graders are taught about hormone blockers and endless gender identities, and topics get shockingly graphic for kids as young as 11. Some schools are even teaching their teachers and kids to ignore what parents have to say about these topics. And the worst part may be that many parents are completely unaware what their children are being taught.

Tina Descovich, co-founder of Moms for Liberty, joined "The Glenn Beck Program" to explain exactly what you can ask at your next school board meeting to ensure this "horrifying" curriculum isn't being taught in your kid's school.

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It should come as no surprise that a newsworthy story receives more media coverage when released on a Monday than a Friday. The reason is in part due to a large number of news-consuming Americans checking out for the week to focus on their weekend plans rather than the news.

On Monday's radio program, Glenn Beck shared information that President Joe Biden decided to release on Friday — when fewer people would notice — regarding the Climate Finance report. This report is marketed to Americans as "A Roadmap To Build a Climate-Resilient Economy." But Glenn believes the report to be Biden's Great Reset warning shot to banks.

In this clip, Glenn warned that if Americans don't stand together, in eight years we all indeed will own nothing. Watch the clip for the full story. Can't watch? Download the podcast here.



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On today's radio program, Glenn Beck was joined by Bill O'Reilly to discuss the top stories of the week.

For O'Reilly, the biggest story this week centered around someone mysteriously missing from mainstream media news reports today: Mark Zuckerberg. Specifically, O'Reilly said it's the 'scandalous' way the Facebook CEO spent nearly $420 million to influence the 2020 election — and did so successfully.

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