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Fireworks! Why do we celebrate July 4th with colorful explosions?

Happy July 4th from American Warehouse Systems

Our Independence Day (commonly known as July 4th) is a day of celebration commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence.  On July 4, 1776, we declared independence from the Kingdom of Great Britain and we’ve been celebrating our freedom from that day on.

According to historians, fireworks were introduced into the freedom celebration because John Adams wanted it that way.  Before the Declaration of Independence was even signed, he envisioned fireworks as a central part of the festivities.  According to a letter John Adams wrote to Abigail Adams on July 3, 1776, he stated that the day should be commemorated “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.”

The first celebratory fireworks display was set off on July 4, 1777.  The Pennsylvania Evening Post wrote, “The evening was closed with the ring of bells, and at night there was a grand exhibition of fireworks (which began and concluded with thirteen rockets) on the Commons, and the city was beautifully illuminated.” The paper noted that “Everything was conducted with the greatest order and decorum, and the face of joy and gladness was universal.”   The beautiful displays of fireworks instilled a sense of hope and patriotism in the citizens of the young nation.

Today we continue with the same tradition that John Adams started back in 1776; the same way we first celebrated the our freedom as a new country.

It still gives me chills and a sense of pride in our beautiful country to see the colorful explosions while Lee Greenwood’s “God Bless the U.S.A” is playing in the background.  In my opinion, there is no other song that quite captures the heart of patriotism and love for our country.

Freedom is priceless.  May we continue this celebration, as John Adam’s stated, “from one End of this Continent to the other from this Time forward forever more.”  Let’s CELEBRATE!!

Spirit of '76God Bless the U.S.A.
If tomorrow all the things were gone,
I’d worked for all my life.
And I had to start again,
with just my children and my wife.

I’d thank my lucky stars,
to be livin here today.
‘Cause the flag still stands for freedom,
and they can’t take that away.

And I’m proud to be an American,
where at least I know I’m free.
And I wont forget the men who died,
who gave that right to me.

And I gladly stand up,
next to you and defend her still today.
‘Cause there ain’t no doubt I love this land,
God bless the USA.

From the lakes of Minnesota,
to the hills of Tennessee.
Across the plains of Texas,
From sea to shining sea.

From Detroit down to Houston,
and New York to L.A.
Well there’s pride in every American heart,
and its time we stand and say.

That I’m proud to be an American,
where at least I know I’m free.
And I wont forget the men who died,
who gave that right to me.

And I gladly stand up,
next to you and defend her still today.
‘Cause there ain’t no doubt I love this land,
God bless the USA.

And I’m proud to be and American,
where at least I know I’m free.
And I wont forget the men who died,
who gave that right to me.

And I gladly stand up,
next to you and defend her still today.
‘Cause there ain’t no doubt I love this land,
God bless the USA.