Footage from Tom Palazzolo of a 4th of July festival in Chicago around the late 1980s/early 1990s.
0:08Copy video clip URL Brief flash of two men setting up a chair
0:10Copy video clip URL Long period of just static on a black screen
2:05Copy video clip URL Two men kneeling next to a chair.
2:21Copy video clip URL Man sings “God Bless America” as the camera man, Palazzolo, surveys a crowd of people gathered at a plaza. Filmmaker Bill Stamets is setting up his equipment.
3:06Copy video clip URL Stamets teases Palazzolo about selling out by moving to video, like when Bob Dylan went electric.
3:55Copy video clip URL Song ends, and camera continues to survey the patriotic-looking crowd.
5:58Copy video clip URL Parade of people pass the camera
9:31Copy video clip URL Camera surveys the band while they play another march
10:11Copy video clip URL A man on stilts marches in place in front of a line of children dressed in various patriotic costumes and wearing numbers
11:52Copy video clip URL Camera approaches a group of government officials sitting in chairs at the top of the steps
12:56Copy video clip URL A man calls numbers of costumed girls and boys to the stage
15:56Copy video clip URL A man hands gift bags to the children on stage
17:55Copy video clip URL The crowd stand with hands on their chests as the national anthem is played and soldiers march in front of them
19:23Copy video clip URL Man gives brief speech to the crowd
19:56Copy video clip URL Man announces that the society and its cafe will be open following the ceremony
20:18Copy video clip URL Speaker thanks Monsignor Egan and introduces important attendees: a representative from the Chicago Park District, Congressman Sidney Yates, State’s Attorney Cecil Partee, Philip Hummer, Frank D Mayer, Gardner Stern, and President of Rollins Burdick Hunter
22:03Copy video clip URL Palazzolo covers the camera lens.
24:50Copy video clip URL Speech is barely audible, and the lens is still covered
27:15Copy video clip URL Speech is again audible. Speaker talks about the decisions made following the burning of the American flag
28:05Copy video clip URL Lens is uncovered. The speaker is standing at a podium at the top of a staircase speaking to the crowd
31:00Copy video clip URL Speaker talks about not needing to change the Constitution for every little thing
33:45Copy video clip URL Camera turns to watch band members come back and take their seats as the speaker continues his speech
36:05Copy video clip URL Speech ends
36:47Copy video clip URL The band begins to play Sousa’s “Stars and Stripes Forever”
39:00Copy video clip URL Camera shakes and nods to the music
39:38Copy video clip URL Another man gives a speech to end the ceremony
41:00Copy video clip URL Two soldiers retire the flags
41:43Copy video clip URL Men dressed as revolution-era soldiers march up the stairs and fire off their guns
43:11Copy video clip URL Crowd begins to clear out
44:00Copy video clip URL Cuts to man in a dingy room setting up lights and talking about taking classes in a ballet room
47:00Copy video clip URL Video Ends.