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JAMA 100 Years Ago
June 23 2010

Medical News

JAMA. 2010;303(24):2534. doi:10.1001/jama.2010.759


Program for Fourth of July.—To give organized expression to the growing public sentiment in favor of a “safe and sane Fourth of July,” to aid in the enforcement of all laws designed to prevent the disorder accidents and fires attending the celebration of Independence Day, and to endeavor to secure such type of celebration as shall promote true patriotism, the Chicago Sane Fourth Association has arranged for a patriotic celebration of that day in the form of a parade and a military tournament under the direction of the Commanding General of the Department of the Lakes of the United States Army. The parade will be a grand pageant in three divisions, the first representing the United States of America, with various emblematic floats and five thousand United States troops representing all branches of the service, the second representing the state of Illinois, with the governor and the military organizations representing various wars of the republic, followed by floats and representations of historic events, and the third division representing Chicago, with the mayor, his cabinet and the city council, together with floats and paraphernalia representing the history and progress of the city, labor unions and other organizations, and a parade of the different nationalities represented in the city. The military display by the United States troops is a part of a great military tournament beginning on the Fourth of July and lasting ten days, in which there will be exhibitions displaying every phase of the soldier's life and duties, with sham battles, cavalry charges, and all the movements, evolutions and methods employed in training the soldiers for actual war. A great arena with seats for thousands is now being constructed and many troops are now preparing Grant Park for the great spectacle. This year's celebration promises to be a great beginning of the new way of celebrating Independence Day and will be an example to be followed by this and other cities in future.