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The E-Sylum: Volume 17, Number 44, October 26, 2014, Article 13

U.S. SEMIQUINCENTENNIAL CELEBRATION THOUGHTS

With regret, Kay Olson Freeman submits these thoughts on the idea of celebrating the 250th Anniversary of American Independence. -Editor

Concerning the proposal to celebrate 250th Anniversary of 1776 Independence in Philadelphia, not mentioned was the 1926 Sesquicentennial (150th Anniversary) celebration in Philadelphia. No one talks about it because it was a complete financial failure.

I do not know what was happening in Philadelphia in 1976. I was living in New York City then and its 1976 (200th) celebration was great - tall ships in the harbor and Hudson River etc. That was a party. There is a distinction between an anniversary party celebration and a World's Fair.

The 1876 Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia was quite different and its purpose was more than a commemoration of US Independence. At Expositions, Exhibitions or World's Fairs, countries competed to show their manufactures and arts.

The last World's Fair to excite wonder and amazement was New York 1939-1940. I do not think that can be recaptured today - for many reasons. As for celebrating Independence in 2026, in Philadelphia - I am sure something will be done in acknowledgement, but without the same feeling as 1876. It is said no one knows or cares about history now. (Obviously, I am not referring to E-Sylum readers and participants!)

To read the earlier E-Sylum article, see:
U.S. SEMIQUINCENTENNIAL CELEBRATION PLANNERS WANTED (www.coinbooks.org/esylum_v17n43a20.html)



Wayne Homren, Editor

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