Why Americans Set Off Fireworks On July 4th

July fourth, American Independence Day pretty much means hot dogs, hamburgers, beers, family time, and parades filled with red, white and blue everywhere to be seen.

But most of all, it’s known for it’s impressive firework shows that take place across America. Ever wondered why this is though, and how this first come back?

In fact, it actually dates all the way back to 1776, when America declared independence from Great Britain.  Founding father of America John Adams wrote a letter to his wife on July 3rd 1776 that this special occasion shall be celebrated with  “Pomp and Parade, with Shews, Games, Sports, Guns, Bells, Bonfires and Illuminations from one End of this Continent to the other from this Time forward forever more.”  

So from then on, this was the case.

One year later, 13 skyrockets were set off on July 4th, beautifully illuminating up the city of Philadelphia.  The 13 rockets represented the 13 American colonies.

By 1783, fireworks become accessible to the general public, making skies on July 4th shine with color more than ever before. Some states have banned it due to security reasons, but generally it is common and popular American practice.

Fireworks are a part of the history of America and will forever be a part of Independence Day celebrations.

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