The Celebration of the Fourth of July by Means of Pageantry (Classic Reprint)

William Chauncy Langdon

Excerpt from The Celebration of the Fourth of July by Means of Pageantry The suggestions for the celebration of the Fourth of July that are offered in this pamphlet are based on two convictions: - (I) That there is not only a need but an earnest desire for some good way to celebrate our chief national holiday. This desire, it is believed, is for a way not merely negative and restrictive, arising from the revulsion against the suffering incident to the old celebrations, but for a form of celebration that will be positive, growing from the significance of the holiday and embodying the glory of the idea of Liberty realized in national life. With this desire on the part of the public, it becomes worth while to try to work something out along this line, and I have desired to make my contribution to this cause. (2) The second conviction on which these suggestions are offered is that there are principles that should govern such a celebration and that should guide its formulation. There is, ideally at least, some one best way to celebrate the Fourth of July, some one best form of celebration, which embodies these principles, and which should be the goal for all our attempts to realize it. Two outlines are offered in this pamphlet as suggestions for those who have the preparation of a Fourth of July celebration in hand, - one for a celebration and the other for a General Pageant, with an episode that may be used in either. For those who may desire it a technical discussion of these outlines and of the general problem involved is given in the section, Pageantry in Independence Day Celebrations. Going to Mr. Arthur Farwell, at first only to ask him to write some technical notes on the musical programme that I had selected for the two outlines herein printed, I found that he had for some time been giving thought and work to this matter of Independence Day celebrations, especially of course in its musical aspect. In consequence his comment on the whole plan has been most helpful and stimulating, and I want here to make appreciative acknowledgment of it. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.