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Fourth of July

Published: June 24, 2015

Issues of The Saturday Evening Post in the 1920s and 1930s feature “1776” on the front, marking the year the Declaration of Independence had its final changes made. The Fourth of July has been written in history since 1776, but it wasn’t until 15 to 20 years later that the holiday was actually celebrated.

It would be almost 100 years later — in 1870 — that Congress declared July 4 a national holiday. Americans have continued to celebrate the holiday with red, white, and blue over the years. Later issues of the Post highlight the parades and fireworks that fill this U.S. celebration.

The Fourth of July on the covers of The Saturday Evening Post (click on the covers to see larger image):

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  • All of the covers brought back so many memories! Since my father was a “Doughboy” of World War 1 and my brother served in World War 11, that particular cover carried a lot of meaning for me. Thanks, Post for the memories.

  • Charles Neumann

    Excellent covers. Loved the ones by Falter and Prins, but all were great. None by Rockwell. The Ledendecker ones were impressive but I enjoyed the slice of everyday life covers better.

  • Thanks again POST editors, they’re all wonderful. I love the fact they can be enlarged for well deserved close-up studying.

    Two of my favorites are the Stevan Dohanos covers of 1947 and ’51. The older cover shows the contrast of World War I and II soldiers, and the second one has so much detail in it you feel you’re really there too seeing this patriotic concert in that gazebo.

    To other POST web fans who’ll see this feature, none of these are by Norman Rockwell. I’m sure he enjoyed them just as much though as anyone else, then or now.