FOURTH OF JULY
Source: Hawaiian Gazette: June 26, 1867
FOURTH OF JULY-We publish the proceedings of the meeting of our American residents, on Thursday last, for the celebration of the coming 4th. This national day has for many years past been duly observed, and the subjoined proceedings show that the present year it will not be passed over unnoticed. The 4th is hallowed to the memory of this generation by nobler victories, and the success of arms more pregnant with national glory than was associated with it in former days. Gettysburg and Vicksburg were hard contested fields, but the victories there have preserved to us the national day, which otherwise would have disappeared from the view except on the historic page.
HONOLULU, June 29, 1867
A meeting of the American citizens was held this evening in the Sales Room of C.S. Bartow, Esq., to listen to and act upon the report of the Committee appointed at a meeting held June 18th.
H.A.P. Carter nominated Dr. John S. McGrew, chairman of the meeting, who was unanimously elected. W. Hall was elected Secretary. Minutes of the previous meeting were read by P.C. Jones, Secretary of that meeting, and accepted.
The report of the committee was then read by H.A.P. Carter, chairman, in which was proposed the following programme of exercises for the Fourth of July, 1867:
Salute at noon of 37 guns.
Reception and exercises at Kawaiahao Church (if it can be procured) at 10 o’clock.
Reception of Captain and Naval Officers of U.S. Steamer Lackawanna.
Music by the Band.
Address of welcome by the President of the Day-J.W. Austin.
Singing by the Choir.
Prayer by Rev. S.C. Damon.
Oration by Rev. E. Corwin.
Singing by the Choir.
Music of the Band.
For the purpose of carrying out the proposed programme, the Committee suggested committees on finance, on music, on reception at the wharf of U.S. naval Officers, on salute, on church decorations, &c., and on invitations.
Moved by D.C. waterman and seconded by A. Judd, who made a few remarks on the motion, that the report of the Committee be adopted entire, which was carried unanimously. The names of the various committees were again read and approved separately.
P.C. Jones moved that eight ushers be appointed to seat persons at the Church on the occasion. Carried, and the committee appointed.
Moved, a vote of thanks to C.S. Bartow for the use of his room this evening, also to the Committee on Programme, and to Gov. Dominis for kindly offering to assist the salute.
Moved that a special invitation be extended to all who had been engaged during the late war, in establishing the glory of the national arms, and who have fought for their country.
The Finance Committee then called upon all present to come forward and subscribe what they were willing, to defray the expenses of the day. Many came forward, and nearly $300 were subscribed upon the spot.
Moved, that the minutes of this meeting, with the proposed Programme be published in the English papers. After short and patriotic speeches from W. Fetters and H. A. P. Carter, and three hearty cheers each for Gen. Morgan L. Smith and for the Fourth of July, 1867, the meeting adjourned.
Wm. W. HALL, Secretary.
*See also the July 3 and July 10 editions of the Hawaiian Gazette.