Independence Day Program 1902

You are invited to Celebrate the Fourth in Skidmore.  There will be an abundance of good shade, good water, good music, good speaking, good refreshments, good people and good cheer.  Tell your neighbors about it and invite them to come too.  Plan for a genuinely good, old-fashioned Glorious Fourth.
Ad ad for the Independence Day celebrations from the June 20, 1902 Skidmore Standard.

The July 4, 1902 Skidmore Standard outlined the big plans for the big day on page 1:

Program For the Day.

9:00 a.m. – Band concert on the square.
9:30 –
March to the grounds.  Music by the Manchester Band.
Address of welcome by Stratford Saunders, President of the Day.
Prayer by Rev. H. J. Donaldson.
Music by the band.
Reading of the Declaration of Independence by W. M. Howden.
Song by choir.
Address by Hon. Cory Cook.
Music by the band.
Address by Elder Harold Baldwin.
Music by orchestra.
Recitation by Miss Bessie Gray.
Song by choir.
Address by Rev. J. H. Bradford.
Music by the band.
Address by Rev. C. B. Campbell.
Music by orchestra.
Song by the choir.
Banjo solo by the famous Gerry Grider, of St. Joseph.
Drill by M. W. A.
Band concert and fireworks at night.

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