the 4th of july
The 4th of July -- a big day. Especially in 1898, when there was a battle staged between forces led by a real Union officer and a real Confederate officer. The advent of the Spanish-American War heightened the patriotic fervor that year.
A big display in the Argus was spangled with enthusiasm:
The Fourth at Table Rock will be a Red Letter Day. You are invited to come, and bring all your relations -- including your best girl and her little brother." The Table Rock and Bunker Hill bands will play. "
Colonel G. O. Adams' LIGHT ARTILLERY will put old Morpheus to flight, and instill enthusiasm and patriotiusm throughout the day and will be a prominent feature of the great SHAM BATTLE in which Captain Jennings' Military Company will engage.
There will be one of the hottest programs ever rendered in Nebraska, with fun and frolic galore, while the intent and purpose of Independence Day will be fittingly remembered.
If you go any other place to celebrate, you'll miss it, so come to Table Rock.
4th of july 1898
4th of july 1909 (pawnee city)
Photos of an Independence Day parade in Pawnee City, taken by professional photographer Archer King, then of Table Rock.