Erin Weinman of Somerville, NJ is a senior history major at Rutgers University. She is interning at the David Library this summer.
Additionally, there's a good article in the July/August 2010 issue of American Spirit, the magazine of the Daughters of the American Revolution by Anthony, Lena, “Cannons and Camaraderie: The Earliest Fourth of July Traditions.” We have a copy at the David Library. If you live close enough, drop in at the David Library sometime between now and July 3 (the Library will be closed on July 4) to read it. Understanding the origins of our traditional Fourth of July celebrations may enhance the holiday for you this year.