Again and again I read about “illuminations” being the appropriate 19th century way to celebrate something. I always wonder what that would have looked like–a candle in every window, bonfires at designated places. I had the great pleasure of finally seeing “static” fireworks when we were stationed at Ft. Huachuca years ago, and they were very impressive. There was even a Jupiter’s Wheel! Simple illuminations such as this one are so wonderful to the soul, from a time past when flying the flag didn’t mean you were a member of the Tea Party, only a patriot.
If any readers knows more about illuminations and 19th century fireworks, please let me know. Sources, images, personal experiences–please?
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