Just when the tradition started of celebrating July 4th in Osceola is not known, but a program was held in 1870. Music, speeches and reading of the Declaration of Independence were the order of the day. The program of events follows:
1st- The procession will form on Main street at 10 o'clock A.M. under the direction of the Marshals, Maj. F.W. Johnson, J.O. McAuley, and J.C. Harrison, and march to the grove headed by the band.
2nd - Calling the meeting to order by A. H. Burrows, President of the day.
3rd - Music by the Band
4th - Prayer by Rev. N.E. Cory
5th - Music by the Band
6th- Reading the Declaration of Independence by H.C. Sigler, Esq.
7th - Music
8th - Oration by Hon. Jas. Rice
9th - Music by the Band
10th - Speech by R.A. Dague, Esq.
11th - Music
12th - Speech by R. B. Parott, Esq.
13th - Music by the Band
14th - Speech by J.E. Burrus, Esq.
15th - Music by the Band
16th - Dinner
After dinner the following gentlemen will respond to toasts, read by the President.
1st - Rev. J.C. Layton
2nd - Maj. H.L. Karr
3rd - Maj. S.P. Ayers
4th - Dr. E.M. Laws
5th - H.S. Kaley, Esq.
And other persons who may be called upon by the President.
6th - vocal and instrumental music
7th - Benediction by Rev. Osmond
Source: Osceola Centennial Issue 1851-1951, section 3, page 4.
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