July 4th photo feature: These pictures over the years honor and celebrate America's independence

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!

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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

A woman holds up an American flag while wearing a white dress. Her companion wears a Statue of Liberty costume. Photo is circa 1919.

A woman holds up an American flag while wearing a white dress. Her companion wears a Statue of Liberty costume. Photo is circa 1919. (GHI/Universal History Archive via Getty Images)

At a July 4th event hosted at The Ellipse park in Washington, D.C., nel 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

A luglio 4, 1922, three boys dressed in colonial attire embody theSpirit of ‘76— mimicking the painting created in 1876 by American artist Archibald M. Willard of Ohio.

A boy plays a flute while two other boys play the drums on July 4th, circa 1922.

A boy plays a flute while two other boys play the drums on July 4th, circa 1922. (Buyenlarge/Getty Images)

The original painting depicts a trio of Revolutionary soldiers marching with instruments, according to the Library of Congress.

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The painting is currently located at the Selectmen’s Room of Abbot Hall in Marblehead, Massachusetts.

Sparklers are a staple

A girl holds two sparklers during a July 4th celebration, circa 1930.

A girl holds two sparklers during a July 4th celebration, circa 1930. (Bettmann via Getty Images)

In the 1930s, July 4th celebrants weren’t afraid to use sparklers during Independence Day gatherings.

Beach visitors beat the heat

Hot temperatures brought out record crowds to Jones Beach, Long Island, during the 4th, circa 1936.

Hot temperatures brought out record crowds to Jones Beach, Long Island, during the 4th, circa 1936. (Bettmann via Getty Images)

Il 4th of July has served as a popular beach day for American families.

Nel 1936, thousands of people took to the sands and shores of Jones Beach, Long Island.

July 4th picnics bring families together

A family enjoys a July 4th fish fry during a picnic, circa 1940.

A family enjoys a July 4th fish fry during a picnic, circa 1940. (Universal History Archive / Universal Images Group tramite Getty Images)

A family of farmers enjoyed a July 4th fish fry off the shores of the Cane River in Natchitoches, Louisiana.

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American photographer Marion Post Wolcott captured the scene for the Farm Security Administration in July 1940.

Patriotic parades entertain America’s crowds

Onlookers watch a 4th of July parade and marching band in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, circa 1950.

Onlookers watch a 4th of July parade and marching band in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, circa 1950. (Heilman/Classicstock/Getty Images)

Residents gathered to watch an Independence Day parade in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.

Attendees looked on while a marching band passed by Main Street.

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There is pageantry on the 4th of July

In Pennsylvania, locals have hosted an annual pageant calledThe Queen of Candles” spettacolo, which occurs on July 4th.

It launched in 1942, taking place in Lititz — and there’s a coronation procession for the winner.

Twelve female high school students are selected by their classmates through a ballot.

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