Why We Set Off Fireworks On The Fourth Of July

Today is Independence Day in the U.S., a holiday that means several beloved traditions for most people, including us at DeShon Laraye Pullen PLC. Barbeques. Parades. And, perhaps most of all, fireworks.

No other American holiday is so closely associated with displays of loud, colorful fireworks displays exploding across the night sky. What started this American tradition of celebrating its independence from England with fireworks?

Believe it or not, the idea comes from one of the Founders behind the Declaration of Independence, and he thought it up before that revolutionary document was even finished.

In the summer of 1776, future U.S. president John Adams was a member of the Continental Congress that would declare the colonies independent of British rule. According to Slate, in a letter to his wife Abigail dated July 3, 1776, Adams wrote that the date of American independence should be celebrated in the future “with Pomp and Parade,” including “Illuminations from one End of this Continent to the other.”

Americans quickly took Adams’ advice. The following year, with the country still in the midst of war against England, in Philadelphia and Boston there were fireworks on July 4 for the first time.

The tradition continues today. Whether you enjoy the bright colors, loud bangs or choreography of a fireworks show, chances are good you will see one tonight. Happy Fourth of July from all of us at DeShon Laraye Pullen PLC!

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