One hundred years ago, people filled the streets to celebrate Independence Day, even as overseas, many soldiers were in the midst of World War I battles. Here’s an account from the July 11, 1918 edition of The Herald and News:
Pleasant weather had much to do with the success of the big Fourth of July celebration in Randolph, last Thursday.
More than five thousand people, some from long distances, came to celebrate the day.
The war has stirred people, and such an event could not have been realized in ordinary times. Much enthusiasm was manifested, but little noise, and no accidents happened.
Many stores and houses were decorated with flags. The day ushered in at midnight by the ringing of church bells. Repose was then allowed until salute of both whistles and bells at dawn.
The parade was without doubt the largest and best ever seen in Randolph. A great deal of work had been bestowed in preparing floats and trimming automobiles and they were very artistic and beautiful. Several hundred people rode or walked in the line which stretched at least half a mile.