Thursday, July 04, 2013

Happy 4th of July: A Boston celebration in video's from the past

A couple recent discoveries to enhance your Fourth of July: Happy Fourth of July!!

Boston Pops last 4 minutes of the 1812 Overture. Wow!

Boston Pops Fourth of July Stars and Stripes Forever!

Boston Pops Fourth of July fireworks Finale! Phenomenal!

The celebration in Boston has traditionally been televised so the entire world can enjoy what Bostonian s get to experience. This year it is not going to be televised world wide I heard so I thought you might enjoy a few excerpts from past celebrations. 

Also, a couple treats: After nearly three years of excavation, archaeologists confirmed the discovery of the site of George Washington's boyhood home near the banks of the Rappahannock River in northeast Virginia a few years ago. Archaeologists found remains of Washington's boyhood home

Then to celebrate it A rare and original manuscript of one of America's most patriotic songs has been discovered in a flea market bargain. A shopper browsing through the market in New York bought a framed picture of a flower for $10 and found handwritten manuscript of "America" (My Country 'tis of Thee) tucked behind the picture, the manuscript's owner said Thursday.

The manuscript of the song whose lyrics were written by Samuel Francis Smith in 1831 could be worth tens of thousands of dollars, said the owner, art collector Keya Morgan. He said he bought it from the flea market shopper, who has asked not to be identified. The song was intended to be played in schools to inspire and teach children and was first played in public on July 4, 1831, in the First Baptist Church in Newton, Massachusetts, Morgan said. The song is written to the tune of "God Save the Queen," the national anthem of the United Kingdom. Rare song manuscript found in flea market

I am trying to lighten up today as one of my sons is here with the grandchildren and we are going to have a little get together so I am squeezing this in! It is primarily a scorcher today in Western Massachusetts but I will try to cook on the grill in celebration of the day. I hope you all can do the same. Have a nice Fourth of July and God Bless America!

James Joiner
Gardner Ma

1 comment:

Ranch Chimp said...

Thanx fer the history lesson Jim, I never seen that CNN article before. I would love to go back in time to that time in the 1700's to see what it was like then and the mindset of folk's,. compared to the political passiveness of today. The 2nd video you have posted was taken down due to the YouTube account being closed or something. I have watched previously a couple year's ago, the full show of the Boston Pops doing the 4th of July gig that they televised on PBS ... the fireworx show is awesome, but then to, Boston is the bedrock of such patriotism and all the show, I mean, that's like the birthplace of American patriotism and quite a history. A woman I know named Sherrie just went to Boston a week ago and will be there for over a month working with a band up there in Boston town on some production, this is her first time in Boston and I tried to give her a few tip's sunce she is a Texas gal, especially on parking, transportation, clam chowder and some of the local treat's, I'm sure she will be blown away by the history up there ... she was working in production here in Dallas with the rock band Pantera (a Dallas based metal group) for several year's and was pretty close to Darrell "Dimebag", the guitarist who was shot and killed on stage during an Ohio concert by some lunatic in the audience if you recall. Anywayz Jim, hope ya'll had a good one and you were able to keep the kid's in line {: )