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:
And here in Juneau:
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: