Fourth of July for Right-Wingers Only?


Harvard: July 4th Parades Are Right-Wing

US News has an article about a Harvard study that suggests July 4th parades energize only Republicans, turn kids into Republicans, and helps boost the GOP turnout of adults on Election Day.

From the report: “Fourth of July celebrations in the United States shape the nation’s political landscape by forming beliefs and increasing participation, primarily in favor of the Republican Party. ”

“The political right has been more successful in appropriating American patriotism and its symbols during the 20th century. Survey evidence also confirms that Republicans consider themselves more patriotic than Democrats. Fourth of July celebrations in Republican dominated counties may thus be more politically biased events that socialize children into Republicans,” write Harvard Kennedy School Assistant Professor David Yanagizawa-Drott and Bocconi University Assistant Professor Andreas Madestam. 

 The findings also suggest that Democrats gain nothing from July 4th parades, likely a shocking result for all the Democratic politicians who march in them.

The three key findings of those attending July 4th celebrations:

  • When done before the age of 18, it increases the likelihood of a youth identifying as a Republican by at least 2 percent.
  • It raises the likelihood that parade watchers will vote for a Republican candidate by 4 percent.
  • It boosts the likelihood an attendee will vote by about 1 percent and increases the chances they’ll make a political contribution by 3 percent.

 “Surprisingly, the estimates show that the impact on political preferences is permanent, with no evidence of the effects depreciating as individuals become older,”said the Harvard report.

If that’s the case, I say we have a Fourth of July parade every month!


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lowtechgrannie lowtechgrannie

This is hysterically funny! All these globalist, non-alliegiance pledging democrats need a pointy-headed Harvard guy to figure out that patriotic, flag-waving, veteran supporters tend to vote Republican? The best 4th of July Parade that I know of locally is in Bothell, WA. It has the whole-hearted support and participation of their lively, local and very community-active American Legion. The Bothell Post of the American Legion also regularly conducts military funeral services for fallen heros in active service and veterans who valiantly served in other wars. In large cosmopolitan-wannabe cities like Seattle, there are no parades on the 4th of July.… Read more »

8 years ago

Hey we got our 4th of July and the Dems and illegals have their “May day” I say we’re “square” so they just need to quite their whining.

8 years ago

I’m proud to be a Constitutionalist and Federalist American.

8 years ago

you damn right wer’e gonna celebrate the 4th of July,INDEPENDENCE DAY,from the display the left have given the last 6yrs they are Communists,they don’t usually celebrate the 4th. They have done nothing but SHAME The United States of America. Kick them out of this Country they don’t deserve what our past and present soldiers have fought and died for,FREEDOM.

Auto 5
8 years ago

…celebrations in Republican dominated counties may thus be more politically biased events that socialize children into Republicans…
I guess that means the rest of the country believes in the importance of independent thought.

Dr. Eowyn
8 years ago

Wow, what a surprising find! That the Left who hate America, especially its founding ideals and convictions, also loath 4th of July parades! Who woulda thought dat? Did taxpayers fund this “study”?

I’m with you, Deb! Let’s have a 4th of July parade every month! 😀

8 years ago

I don’t know about the Republican connection, but the past several 4ths of July, I’ve been plummeted into a deep depression when I consider the state of the Republic. Which could get me identified closely with the Republic, but I remain independent, small “i”, because around here, capitalizing it means RINO or DINO, take your pick.

I just hope this year I won’t wander around, moaning for antidepressants the way Zhivago was crying for Lara (and/or his wife), as he slid, almost frozen to death across the Russian Steppes after deserting the Reds.

Bruce Majors
8 years ago Transformers: Do July 4th Blockbusters Cause Right Wing Politics? This Independence Day weekend saw the release of a Harvard study showing that attending 4th of July parades or fireworks displays “causes” Republicanism. Another case of American media and the American political class mistaking causation for correlation as they always do when it suits their agenda (maybe the people who go to 4th of July parades and fireworks displays are more likely to already BE conservatives or Republicans). More tax money down the drain. But we could also ask: does attending the typical July 4th cinema blockbuster change political affiliations?… Read more »