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Purinton Temple - The Pythian Sisters Auxiliary of the Knights of PythiasOrganizers of the 1910 July 4th celebration wanted the daylong celebration to surpass “anything of the kind ever before put on in Windham County”. The day began with the ringing of church bells at 4:30 A.M. and the “firing of a salute”.
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PaintersThe day also included several other athletic events, an afternoon band concert, an evening water carnival on the banks of the river, a second band concert in the evening and a fireworks display.
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National Biscuit Company's entry in the 1910 July 4th parade.The parade, which was over one mile long, included a “work horse” division. This horse and carriage also participated in Hartford's "Work Horse Parade" in May of the same year. Pic of the Week Feb. 20, 2014
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American Thread CompanyThe caption says, "American Thread Company" although at least one of the gentlemen is from Hilltop Hose Number 3.

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KOKA ClubThe KOKA club participates in the 1910 4th of July Parade
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The Horribles"The Horribles" are marching. People wearing comic and grotesque costumes was a traditional feature of Fourth of July parades in parts of the United States in the nineteenth century, and "Horribles Parades" continue to be part of the Independence Day celebration in several New England communities
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Schoolchildren at the July 4, 1910 Celebration.This picture shows the approximately 500 schoolchildren who sang “patriotic airs” at Windham Field as part of the July 4th, 1910 celebration. It was a day long celebration that began at 4 A.M. with “the firing of a salute” and lasted until late evening. The day closed with fireworks at Windham Field and an “aquatic display” on the Willimantic River. Pic of the Week July 3, 2014
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Singers Following the parade, there was a ballgame at Windham Field after which, “patriotic exercises” were held. 700 Willimantic schoolchildren participated by singing "patriotic airs".
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Willimantic Fire Department, Company Three (Hilltop Hose).
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H.C. Murray's Auto
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South Windham Fire Department - July 4, 1911The 1911 July 4th celebration was, in every way, as spectacular as the previous year's celebration. The main differences seem to be that the parade went in the opposite direction.......and there weren't as many photos of it.
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Woman's Christian Temperance Union floatThis was the Woman's Christian Temperance Union float in the 1910 Fourth of July parade. Also on the float were children in the Loyal Temperance Legion, which was the children's branch of the WCTU. Its slogan was "Tremble, King Alcohol, we shall grow up". Pic of the Week March 20, 2014
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The Grex Club's float for the 1911 Fourth of July ParadeThe Grex Club, sponsored by the First Congregational Church, existed for only 9 years but during that time was extremely active in Willimantic events. It sponsored several sports teams and hosted many dances and minstrels.
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