Banner, 1860s

Creating celebrations helped to establish national identity. The Fourth of July, widely observed during the American Revolution, was the first national holiday. It quickly became a day of patriotic symbolism and a tribute to the founding principles of equality and liberty and revolutionary ideals of democracy. For Americans still fighting for those freedoms, the holiday became a day to remind the country of the promise yet to be fulfilled.
associated date
1776 07 04
Physical Description
paper (overall material)
red, white, blue, black (overall color)
wood (overall frame material)
overall: 21 1/2 in x 25 in x 2 1/4 in; 54.61 cm x 63.5 cm x 5.715 cm
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Patriotism and Patriotic Symbols
related event
American Revolution
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Exhibition Location
National Museum of American History
Data Source
National Museum of American History