Cultural Heritage Exhibition – Independence Day 2023
Independence Day in the United States is celebrated every July 4th to commemorate the Declaration of Independence in 1776 with fireworks, parades, and parties.
Throughout Abilene’s history, Independence Day has meant a day off work and celebrating the holiday with friends, family, and the entire city. Families gathered to watch parades, and sometimes even participate, with young boys following the veterans as they marched. Churches hosted breakfasts, those with larger homes held open houses, and the Midsummer Fair drew visitors from all over the county. Abilenians participated in an annual golf tournament, hosted swimming parties, and celebrated with food and friends.
The Grace Museum is collaborating with Abilene Christian University’s Introduction to Public History: Interpreting American Pasts course to create monthly exhibitions that coincide with different cultural heritage months throughout the year. These exhibitions highlight the narratives of various cultural groups that are integral to Abilene’s history while weaving these stores into the broader historical fabric of the United States.