The Real Reason Why We Set Off Fireworks On July 4th

Did you know?

Along with grilling out and making drinks, setting off fireworks is one of the most popular American traditions for the 4th of July, or America’s Independence Day.

Even though you all probably drop major cash on fireworks every July, you might not know why exactly fireworks are such a staple for this holiday.

Of course, July 4th is the day the United States got it’s freedom. President John Adams knew he wanted a big celebration, so fireworks it was.

On July 3, 1776, in a letter to his wife, he laid out exactly how he wanted to celebrate America’s special moment: “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.”

Illuminations = fireworks. Every since that day in 1776, Americans have celebrated the 4th of July with a sh*t ton of fireworks.

Yes, we use the 4th as a day to get plastered on a boat somewhere, but get educated on an important American tradition. ‘Merica.

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