Celebrating Independence Day 2019—July Fourth
FOURTH OF JULY PARADE by Alfred Cornelius Howland
Exhibited at the High Museum of Art—Atlanta, Georgia
After voting for independence on July 2, 1776, Congress turned its attention to the Declaration of Independence, a statement explaining this decision. The Declaration had been prepared by a Committee of Five, with Thomas Jefferson as its principal author.
Congress debated and revised the wording of the Declaration, finally approving it two days later on July 4.
A day earlier, John Adams had written to his wife Abigail:
“The second day of July 1776 will be the most memorable epoch in the history of America. I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival. It ought to be commemorated as the day of deliverance, by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations, from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward forever more.”
Adams's prediction was off by two days.
From the outset, Americans celebrated independence on July 4, the date shown on the much-publicized Declaration of Independence, rather than on July 2, the date the resolution of independence was approved in a closed session of Congress.
Alfred Cornelius Howland’s oil painting ‘Fourth of July Parade’ was completed in 1886, however the village where the parade was held and the year in which it took place have never been pinned down.
I think that Howland’s idea was that the observer generates the answers to fit their own beliefs.
I choose to set it in Bluffton, South Carolina on July 4, 1796 and it included as audience and marchers, veterans of the War of Independence.
In the spirit of John Adams’ letter to his wife Abagail, here are some exciting events on and around Hilton Head Island and Bluffton, South Carolina celebrating Independence Day for the 243rd time.
Skull Creek 4th of July Celebration
July 4, 2019 6:00PM
Hudson's Seafood House on the Docks and the Skull Creek Boathouse
The celebration gets underway at 6:00 pm at Hudson’s Seafood House on the Docks, and the Skull Creek Boathouse. You’ll find live, outside entertainment, food and beverages at both locations.
Fireworks will start at 9:30PM and will be launched from a barge in the Intracoastal Waterway on Skull Creek.
Hilton Head 2019 Firecracker 5K
July 4, 2019 8:00AM
Jarvis Creek Park, Hilton Head
Presented by Bear Foot Sports
The 34th Hilton Head Firecracker 5K Run and Family Fun Walk will be held on Thursday, July 4th 8:00AM at Jarvis Creek Park on Hilton Head Island.
The Hilton Head Firecracker Run, is the largest and oldest road race in Beaufort County and one of the top ten races in the State of South Carolina. Over 1,700 runners and walkers from across the United States annually participate in this fun, healthy, family event.
The festive Post-Race Celebration features a Children's Fun Run, live music, fresh fruit, ice cold refreshments, door prizes and more!
A percentage of proceeds from the event benefits local charities including: The Hilton Head Rotary Club, Hilton Head High School Cross Country Team, and The Hilton Head Runners Club.
For more information: Visit Official Website
July 4th Summer Jams
5:00PM to 9:30PM
Hilton Head Island, SC 29928
The Island Recreation Association brings you a fun-filled, festive atmosphere with the highlight of the night fireworks which start around 9 pm.
Kids of all ages can enjoy inflatable bounce houses and face painting for a minimal fee. Bring your lawn chairs and enjoy the fireworks!
Enjoy the celebrations of The United States 243rd Anniversary of Independence!
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