The Fourth of July celebration was once filled with patriotic festivities, where neighborhoods trimmed their tree tops with flags and bunting and drew together for united merrymaking. Although this day is still highly recognized, nothing re-creates the true spirit of this commemoration like taking a nostalgic look at Independence Days of yesteryear. Diane C. Arkins has compiled a colorful anthology of inspiring old-time poems, evocative prose, decorating and party ideas, games, and festive menus spanning the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. With such a vast assortment of material, this book gives a splendid remembrance of the revelry of the past.
The Glorious Fourth of July boasts an abundance of vibrant photographs and illustrations that capture the true character of this national holiday. This imaginative collection pays tribute to the day by featuring patriotic collectibles such as fireworks memorabilia, parade ribbons, and party favors. This is the perfect holiday guide for modern readers wishing to create the glory of this spectacular occasion with an old-fashioned twist.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Diane C. Arkins graduated with a B.S. in journalism from Northern Illinois University in DeKalb. She first published feature stories at age nineteen in Seventeen, Co-Ed, and Woman’s Day magazines. She has also been a contributing editor for Country Accents magazine and writes regularly for several national magazines. Arkins’s other titles include Halloween: Romantic Art and Customs of Yesteryear, Halloween: Romantic Art and Customs of Yesteryear Postcard Book, and Halloween Merrymaking: An Illustrated Celebration of Fun, Food, and Frolics from Halloweens Past, all published by Pelican.
The Glorious Fourth of July:
Old-Fashioned Treats and Treasures from America’s Patriotic Past
By Diane C. Arkins
ANTIQUES & COLLECTIBLES / Americana
112 pp. 8 x 9¼
138 color illus. 87 b/w illus. Biblio.