4th of July Celebrations at Sheridan Debut – Sheridan Media


This Monday is the 4th of July. Most people look forward to a three-day weekend spent with family and friends, cooking burgers on the grill and enjoying fireworks to celebrate America’s Independence Day .

Independence Day is a federal holiday, commemorating the ratification of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776.

The Homesteader, Wright, Wyoming, Friday, July 2, 1920, had this story about the 4th of July and how it happened.

What are we going to do with the fourth: The Continental Congress in session at Philadelphia passed July 2, 1776, the resolution presented by Richard Henry Lee of Virginia, begins, that these United Colonies are and should be free and independent States; that they are absolved of all allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political ties between them and the State of Great Britain are and must be totally dissolved.

This is of course the Declaration of Independence, with the document now known as the Declaration being adopted two days later. When the Lee resolution was passed, John Adams wrote his wife the historic letter which reads, among other things:

“July 2, 1776, will be the most remarkable epoch in American history. I am led to believe that it will be celebrated by future generations as the great birthday party. It should be commemorated as the day of deliverance by solemn acts of devotion to Almighty God, it should be celebrated with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, bells, bonfires and ammunition from one end of this continent to the other. , from now forever.

Time has proven that John Adams, though he mixed up his dates, was a true prophet. The 4th of July is probably our quintessentially American celebration. Every civilized world celebrates New Years, Easter, Memorial Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas in one way or another. But Independence Day belongs only to us. To be sure, we have Washington’s birthday and Lincoln’s birthday, which are also ours alone, but “the Fourth” includes most if not all of what they represent.

In short, the 4th of July is very close to being our national holiday when the American eagle cries out for everything from the Mayflower to the Agonne; from 1620 to November 11, 1918. Armistice Day!

Sheridan celebrated the fourth in many ways, as shown in this addition to the Big Horn Sentinal – Big Horn, Johnson County, Saturday, July 4, 1885

In The Enterprise, Sheridan, Wyoming, July 12, 1890, had this article after a July 4 celebration. INDEPENDENCE DAY. How the Glorious Fourth was celebrated in Sheridan. An occasion that our people will long remember. The 4th of July, 1890 was a day whose people from sheridan and the county won’t soon forget. Under the auspices of the fire department, all hsummer announcementa has inOf course the pleasant occasion one for visitors as well we city dwellers. For several weeks before the day we celebrated member from the fire companies who had been go every day to the funfair put the track, baseball land and buildings In good condition for the event, and Thursday night retired from their Icome away with the satisfaction of knowing that everything was in preparation.

Wednesday evening a splendid rain fell, which had the effect of improving the racetrack, putting dust on the streets, and giving new life to everything. The day was ushered in bright and beautiful with the firing of anvils and other hilarious displays of patriotic citizenship at sunrise, and before long crowds from around the country began to arrive. The machine, hook and ladder truck and reel had been beautifully decorated by the ladies of the fire and stood outside the engine room, where they were viewed by an admiring multitude. The firefighters and the marching band had come out in force with their new costumes and presented a very pleasant appearance.

The motorcade formed at 9:30 a.m. sharp, with Chief Enochs in charge, in the following order: Fire Department Cornet Band; Hook and Ladder Company; Pipe company; Engine Company; GAR members; Sons of veterans and citizens in carriages and on horseback.

The procession was the finest and largest ever seen in this part of Wyoming and reached the full length of Main Street. The route started from the engine room, up Main Street to Loucks Street, down Gould Street to Grinnell Avenue, then down Main Street to its southern end, where the apparatus of fire was dropped.

Although circa 1900, the 1890 wagon would have

Means of transport had been parked there for people on foot, and after a short delay the crowd, which had increased by the minute, took the track to the fairgrounds. Within minutes the grandstand was comfortably filled and William Drown of Big Horn, speaker of the day, was introduced. He gave an eloquent speech lasting about half an hour when the baseball game was announced. Nine of the Engine and Hose boys defeated the nine Hook and Ladder by a score of 14 to 7.

While the ball game was going on the ladies and helpers were busy making their spreads for the picnic dinner, and at 12 o’clock the happiest and largest crowd sat down for the dinner we had seen for a long time. At 1 p.m., the judges, Hon. Geo, T. Beck, SSH Hardin and Geo. L Smith, announced the races as next in order, and the following program was run: In the quarter-mile dash, for cow ponies only. Entries were HC, by Geo, S. Adams; Sequoia, by Robert Brown; Eagle Bird, by Jas. Serious; Fonda, by WT Jones. They were a nice group; with Redwood as the favorite and RC a good second. A good start was given with Eagle Bird behind. Redwood passed under the wire an easy winner, Fonda second.

After the races, the marching band sang a lively tune and people began to make arrangements to return to the city. In no time, Sheridan put on a lively appearance, and after resting, the ball was awaited with anticipation and great expectation, as darkness began to approach the various business houses along Main Street. were in fireworks. At 9 a.m. the knocks on the fire bell for the parade sounded and the boys quickly rallied to headquarters.

Leading the band, followed by both companies, the procession marched up Main Street and back to the court house, which had been lavishly decorated for the ball. Good music and prompts were provided, and it all went well. Elegant suppers were served at Windsor and American at midnight and with nearly 200 people fed.

The dancing continued until daybreak and ended the biggest celebration ever held in northern Wyoming. It was a remarkable and perceptible fact that in such a large crowd there was not a drunken person seen either day or night, and perfect order and good feeling reigned. The Fire Ladies and Marching Band are proud of the role they played in the celebration, and we believe the citizens of our small town are proud to have such organizations among them. Much of the company’s success was due to the help received from businessmen and others, and we know the fire department appreciates kindness.

And Ranchester threw a big party in 1912, including a parade, fireworks and dancing.

The Daily Enterprise, June 28, 1912, in the Ranchester News Column. As has long been said, Ranchester will be hosting the biggest 4th of July celebration ever eworm held in the north, if not the whole state of Wyoming. It was this town’s intention to do so in the beginning and has kept its intention and will implement it to the letter and visitors will not be disappointed with what Ranchester has and promises in terms of entertainment on their glorious independence Day ; for among the special attractions for visitors, the Ranchester Booster Club and Park Association obtained permits from Major Scott at the Crow Indian Agency to allow Indians led by Chiefs Bear Claw and White Arm, Lodge Grass and Wyola, on the Little Horn, and Chiefs Sit Down, Spotted St. Xavir and Hoops on Forehead, on the Reno Battlefield, as well as the Black Lodge Indians, located on the Big Horn River, to attend the celebration in large numbers varying from four hundred.

These leaders communicate with our boosters stating that they are eager to come and start with the first and will probably be here the second. They tell us that they will give us daily parades with their sacred war horses, bearing true trappings of war from days of savage warfare past. The noble reds will be topped with whole roast beef on the barbecue during their visit to us. You know the red man is just as good in a horse race as in a war dance thereYou will find entertainers for them.

The various attractive events of the day will culminate in a grand ball at Smith’s Hall for the benefit of the Ranchester Cornet Band, to which all men with a dollar are invited; and a huge fireworks display at dusk can be sought if the materials can be purchased for it.

It is now an established fact that the CB&Q. will run special trains from Sheridan here on the 4th and visitors here that day will number in the thousands, but they will be looked after and have no doubt.

Fireworks vendors have also existed for many years in the Sheridan area.

There was this ad in The Sheridan Post, July 1, 1921

The Sheridan Company, July 1922 A fourth Warn forecast, tomorrow the shadows of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and John Hancock and other great patriots who worked to bring about Firecracker Day, will be introduced, to the sound of explosive powder, the rhythmic clucking of ice cream freezers, horns and screams of Fords, excited cries of little boys, accents of band music, the flash of guns, the pounding of crackling hooves of horses and the cry of the American eagle as it takes flight.

There’s no such thing as the 4th of July. He has a place of his own in American hearts that not even Christmas dares to encroach on. On the one hand, it is almost always hot, terribly! All of our other big and notable holidays are Cold, New Years, Thanksgiving, Washington’s Birthday, Christmas, and Valentine’s Day. But the 4th of July is hot!

The gay red and ppurple handkerchiefs adorning cowpunchers’ throats, the color of exploding firecrackers on a snitch in the closeness of the rearing horses and the delicate skirts of the lades, the smell of pop and burnt gunpowder, the noise of the The groups and the sight of their brilliantly heavy uniforms. Everything is heat — exceeding heat. And now we ask you frankly, if after all this impassioned talk about the prevalence of heat on the 4th of July, would it not be an ajohke, if it were to rain tomorrow?

So when you watch a fireworks display or shoot your own this July 4th, you are carrying on a centuries-old tradition in Sheridan County and Wyoming. Enjoy!!!!

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