This post was written by Ryan Butler, a student intern with the Social Media Team at the National Archives.
“Photograph of fireworks going off in the night sky by the Washington Monument, during ceremonies celebrating the 175th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence., 07/04/1951.” ARC ID 200339
Summer is upon us and Americans across the nation are preparing for Independence Day. While you’re lighting your grills and fireworks, take a moment with us to explore the history behind the 4th of July. In celebration of the 236th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence, we will be posting a series of patriotic documents and photographs throughout the month of July on Foursquare. From the revolution to the celebrations, discover the history of Independence Day through our archival holdings. Every document will be linked to a tip at its historic location, so follow our Foursquare page tips every day this month for a new piece of patriotic history.