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Originally published in the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, July 8, 1888

US Flag FlyingThe celebration of the Fourth of July at Black Diamond was by far the most interesting in the history of that enterprising town, and it is doubtful whether any town of the size of Black Diamond has had a more imposing and successful celebration of the anniversary of the nation’s birth.

The exercises of the day opened with a procession headed by the Black Diamond band. All of the states and territories were represented by little girls appropriately dressed, and a magnificent liberty car was noticed in the processing.

After the parade an old-time Fourth of July meeting was held, Mr. W.P. Morgans acting as chairman. The oration was delivered by L.C. Gilman, of Seattle, and Mr. T.G. Spaight read the Declaration of Independence.

In the afternoon a foot race of one mile took place between P. Kennedy, of Black Diamond, and W. Steele, of Franklin, the former being an easy winner.

In the evening there was a magnificent display of fireworks under the direction of a committee consisting of David B. Davis, Alex. Turnbull, W.P. Morgans, J.R. Williams, and P. Vesney.

It is unnecessary to say that the celebration was thoroughly enjoyed by the patriotic people of the flourishing mining town.

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Originally published in the Voice of the Valley, July 3, 1974

No sooner is the 4th of July over than Black Diamondites and their neighbors begin thinking seriously of that community’s annual Labor Day festivities and this year is no exception.

Needed immediately are candidates for Queen. Any girl, 14 to 18 years of age, who wishes to contend for this honor is asked to call Sandra Bartley at 886-2358.

Candidates who sell the most Labor Day buttons will be named as Queen and members of the Royal Court and each buyer of a button will receive a chance on a drawing. (more…)

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