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L.A. to Celebrate the Fourth of July in Many Languages

July 3, 2010 |  2:04 am

July 3, 1910, Liquor Cure

Maybe beer is something other than “liquid bread.”

July 5, 1910, Heraald

July 3, 1910: Los Angeles prepares to celebrate the Fourth of July with a parade in the downtown business district followed by a ceremony at the Plaza with a reading of the Declaration of Independence and -- what's this? A speech in Spanish? A speech in Italian? A speech in French? A speech in Portuguese?

In the meantime, the city's Scottish population will gather at Schuetzen Park for -- what's this? A bagpipe competition? And a highland fling contest?

And Joseph Scott will be the orator of the day at the Hibernians' celebration, which will feature red, white and blue bunting and ... an Irish flag?

July 5, 1910, Herald

At left, the Herald’s coverage of the Fourth of July. Notice that along with “The Star-Spangled Banner,” Kammermeyer’s band played “The Marseillaise” and the Mexican national anthem.

July 3, 1910, Fourth of July