#MuseumFireworksShow: Happy Independence Day!

 

 

Fireworks flags
Ad for Harrison’s, from The daily Alaskan. (Skagway, Alaska), 30 June 1904. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress. <http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn82014189/1904-06-30/ed-1/seq-1/>

Happy Independence Day! We’re participating in #MuseumFireworksShow with fireworks photos from Alaska’s digital archives, and a handful of historical news items.

While the famous “Midnight Sun” might not be everywhere in Alaska, the prolonged daylight makes fireworks difficult to display. As a result, many cities and towns are set off their fireworks shows at midnight on July 3rd. The sky does not completely darken, as you can see here in Anchorage:

1984 Independence
Fourth of July fireworks, 1984.
From the Henry S. Kaiser Jr. papers, Archives and Special Collections, Consortium Library, University of Alaska Anchorage. Identifier: uaa-hmc-1148-b1-f49-13

And here in Juneau:

Juneau fireworks
Fourth of July fireworks in honor of statehood, 1959. Image credit: Alaska State Library, identifier: ASL-P450-1-0045

In spite of the not-so-night skies, historical newspapers from Alaska demonstrate that fireworks were (and continue to be) an essential part of the holiday, just like nearly every city and town in the Lower 48.

The following mentions of fireworks pepper this one issue of the July 4, 1904 issue of the daily morning Alaskan:

Fireworks 1
The daily Alaskan. (Skagway, Alaska), 04 July 1904. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress. <http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn82014189/1904-07-04/ed-1/seq-1/>
Fireworks 2
The daily Alaskan. (Skagway, Alaska), 04 July 1904. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress. <http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn82014189/1904-07-04/ed-1/seq-1/>
Fireworks 3
The daily Alaskan. (Skagway, Alaska), 04 July 1904. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress. <http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn82014189/1904-07-04/ed-1/seq-1/>

 

Stay safe, and enjoy the holiday!

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Ad for Kaufman Bros. from The daily morning Alaskan. (Skagway, Alaska), 04 July 1902. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress. <http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn87062035/1902-07-04/ed-1/seq-1/>

 

 

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