In honor of the federal holiday, Fox News Digital is highlighting joyful moments captured on film over the years.
Some date as far back as 1919!
Check out these classic photos — and enjoy them on July 4th and every day of the year.
July 4th is a patriot’s time to shine
At a July 4th event hosted at The Ellipse park in Washington, D.C., in 1919, two women show off their patriotic pride with an American flag and a Statue of Liberty costume.
Music and July 4th go hand-in-hand
On July 4, 1922, three boys dressed in colonial attire embody the “Spirit of ‘76” — mimicking the painting created in 1876 by American artist Archibald M. Willard of Ohio.
The original painting depicts a trio of Revolutionary soldiers marching with instruments, according to the Library of Congress.
The painting is currently located at the Selectmen’s Room of Abbot Hall in Marblehead, Massachusetts.
Sparklers are a staple
In the 1930s, July 4th celebrants weren’t afraid to use sparklers during Independence Day gatherings.
Beach visitors beat the heat
The 4th of July has served as a popular beach day for American families.
In 1936, thousands of people took to the sands and shores of Jones Beach, Long Island.
July 4th picnics bring families together
A family of farmers enjoyed a July 4th fish fry off the shores of the Cane River in Natchitoches, Louisiana.
American photographer Marion Post Wolcott captured the scene for the Farm Security Administration in July 1940.
Patriotic parades entertain America’s crowds
Residents gathered to watch an Independence Day parade in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.
Attendees looked on while a marching band passed by Main Street.
There is pageantry on the 4th of July
In Pennsylvania, locals have hosted an annual pageant called “The Queen of Candles” pageant, which occurs on July 4th.
It launched in 1942, taking place in Lititz — and there’s a coronation procession for the winner.