4 July 1840
This was a very happy "Independence" in this City and vicinity. The Children of the Warren Street Chapel held a Floral Festival and Sale, upon the Common, at an early hour. The Municipal Celebration was conducted as usual, and an able oration was delivered by Thomas Power, Esq. The principal celebration was by the Whigs of the four Southern Wards, who, with their numerous guests from all parts of the city and vicinity, assembled at the spacious Hll over the Boston and Worcester Railroad Depot, at an early hour in the forenoon, and kept up a gay and animated meeting, enlivened by various speeches, songs, etc., until late in the afternoon. The meeting then adjourned to meet again on Bunker Hill on the 10th of September. The Truckmen in their white frocks, in the number of over two hundred, accompanied by the African Band, held a grand parade.
The Public Garden and Conservatory were thronged during the day. Mr. Lauriat made a beautiful balloon ascension from Chelsea. A splendid display of Fireworks on the Common in the evening, called out an immense concourse of people, and gave general and complete satisfaction.