The Glorious Fourth in Prairietown
By: Joan Anderson & George Ancona
Publisher: William Morrow, 1986
Age Level: 9-12
It is July 4, 1836, and Prairietown, Indiana, is celebrating the biggest and most exuberant holiday of the year. This is the “Glorious Fourth”, and in Prairietown–and across the country–townfolk and strangers passing through have stopped their day-to-day lives to join together as Americans to commemorate their young nation’s birthday.
Patriotism is high, and the festivities are without end. There are parades and speeches; dancing, singing, and playacting; competitions for young and old; a community barbecue with roast pig and the once-a-year special federal cake–and sparklers all the way from Indianapolis.