Recalling the sparklers of past childhood Fourth of July's is not hard.
They were simple times and included some very minor fireworks, a lot of running around with sparklers which was quite exciting for us. In the Village, of course, the annual unofficial
bonfire on Braga Square on School Street.
Below, in a photo thanks to Stephen Kosta from I'm From Taunton Facebook page,
a peek into the yesteryear of 1939. In front of Dickerman's Bookstore the Fourth of July buntings are proudly displayed either in anticipation or just after the celebration.
But, we were just kids or our parents were when we did things like this. We really did not yet know what the Fourth of July really celebrated...nor the cost.
An unspecified city in 1918 with American troops celebrating the Fourth, and perhaps readying for war themselves.
In the Village, we always were reminded of the cost walking through Braga Square
commemorating one of our courageous boys whose courage
and sacrifice took place in the Korean war.
Rest in Peace, Anthony Braga.
The square was dedicated in 1953.
Taunton vets remind us the rest of the way, near the beautiful and moving
Memorial Fountain just behind the Congregational Church in Taunton.
So much is owed s to our veterans of all wars....they must never be forgotten.
Some of the photos are from this fascinating site
Others are from I'm from Taunton Facebook photos.
Happy and safe Fourth of July to all!!!