July 4th, 1914: A Celebration in Rock Creek Park

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Fourth of July celebration in Rock Creek
Fourth of July celebration in Rock Creek

We dug up this great photo on the Library of Congress’ site. This shows a group of people in Rock Creek Park on July 4th, 1914, celebrating Independence Day. There were grand festivities across the city, including a community picnic in Rock Creek Park and an afternoon concert at the National Zoo by the U.S. Marine Band. ¬†Around noon, there was to be held a concert near Peirce Mill with a national fun salute and “patriotic exercises.” I suspect some of these activities are depicted in the above photo.

Here’s another from the same day. This is one of the four ladies in the above photo, but from a different angle.

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four women celebrating the Fourth of July in Rock Creek Park
four women celebrating the Fourth of July in Rock Creek Park

Below is the Independence Day program we found in the Washington Post.

Independence Day program - July 4th, 1914
Independence Day program – July 4th, 1914

 

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Tom founded Ghosts of DC on January 4th, 2012 as a blog to uncover the lost and untold history of Washington, D.C. He has lived in the city for over a decade and loves exploring every corner of the District.

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