The most glorious days for Old Glory come in May, July and November. Patriotic people wave flags reverently for Memorial Day and Veterans Day. They fly them proudly and joyously for the Fourth of July. Red, white and blue will be in fashion on Thursday — this year’s chief summer holiday. In past years, Capital Region residents have worn and flown the colors during parades, picnics and pyrotechnic parties.
Glenville’s Jason and Gloria Cerasuolo dress in patriotic style on July 4, 1988. The flag wavers were part of the Willow Glen neighborhood’s annual parade.
Ruth Manzi of the Fort Crailo Yankee Doodle Band sounds off during a Fourth of July gathering at West Capitol Park in Albany in 1989.
Matt Mickle, 6, of Railroad Avenue in Middleburgh plants an American flag in his lawn on July 4, 1989.
Macintosh the Clown makes new friends at the Empire State Plaza on July 4, 1989. The clown was boisterous — like the fireworks that came later.
A long, tall drink of red, white and blue — an oversized version of Uncle Sam — greeted people during Fourth of July proceedings at the Empire State Plaza in 1990.
John Bruce, 12, smiles as he watches a vintage automobile roll through the 1991 Alplaus Fourth of July parade.