DeGolyer Library Special Collections

Independence Day at the Archives

Whether you’re barbecuing, watching the fireworks, or sticking close to the AC this Thursday, we hope you have a great day off celebrating the Fourth of July.

The DeGolyer will be closed in observance of the holiday, but while we’re away, take a look at some historical Independence Day parades, preserved in our collection.


The 1903 parade in Lewisville, Texas.
The 1876 parade in Dallas
The 1910 (or 1911) 4th of July parade in Gonzales, Texas.View of street with storefront sign and sign on side of wagon for Nagel, Froehner & Nuhn, with slogan “We are pulling for your trade”.
A 4th of July parade in Dallas, sometime between 1870 and 1889



If you’re interested in seeing more from the collections featured above, contact Christina Jensen at