One hundred and twenty years ago, Yellow Springs residents were celebrating the Fourth of July much like we will be celebrating tomorrow night at Gaunt Park.
As published in The Yellow Springs Torch, on July 5, 1895:
The Fourth of July in this place was duly celebrated by our citizens. Those who could get away went out of town, even if they had to walk to the river. The fire works on the night previous and on the Fourth of July night eclised [eclipsed] anything that we have had in that line for many years. It was a big time with sky rockets, baloons (sic) and fire crackers galore. After the general display on Xenia avenue many of the citizens had home displays that were most beautiful. In fact the first hours of darkness until “the wee small hours” the racket was kept up until everybody was tired enough to go to bed.