It’s hard to imagine celebrating Independence Day without a dazzling display of fireworks. And that stands to reason. Fireworks and the Fourth of July have gone hand-in-hand since the very first celebration of Independence Day in 1777.
But whose idea was it? We have one of the Founders of our country to thank. John Adams wrote on July 3, 1776, in a letter to his wife Abigail that Independence Day should 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.”
Adams got his wish. Fireworks filled the skies of Philadelphia on July 4, 1777, in the home of the Declaration of Independence. 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.”
Another historical all-American party that was celebrated with fireworks was George Washington’s inauguration in 1789. And if you’re wondering who the biggest purchaser of fireworks in the world is, it’s none other than the Walt Disney Company. Seems as though fireworks are American as apple pie — and Mickey Mouse.
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