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INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATION (FIRST). A party of ladies and gentlemen from Galena celebrated the Fourth of July, 1828, at the mouth of Catfish creek, Dubuque county. This was probably the first time in what is now Iowa that the flag was raised and that day celebrated. In 1832 another party from Galena celebrated the same day at the same place. — (Herald, November 2, 1865.)



Oldt, Franklin T. History of Dubuque County