It’s the 4th of July… BOOM!

July 4, 2012
Various Locations,
Cost: Free

The sun sinks low in the sky, families gather close together on their blankets as the first stars peep out. Suddenly, you see the first burst of color explode in the night sky, followed by the boom that you feel reverberate all the way to your toes. There is no doubt about it, nothing beats celebrating the independence of our country with a great fireworks display!

Fireworks have long been a standing tradition that goes hand in hand with the Fourth of July. Each year as America celebrates her independence, we do so with showers of sparks across the country. In case you were wondering how this tradition began, it started with John Adams, one of our Founding Fathers and signer of the Declaration of Independence. Adams wrote a letter to his wife and in it said that Independence Day “will be the most memorable Epocha, in the History of America… It will be celebrated, by succeeding Generations, as the great anniversary Festival. It ought to be commemorated, as the Day of Deliverance by solemn Acts of Devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with Pomp and Parade, with Shews (performances), Games, Sports, Guns, Bells, Bonfires and Illuminations (fireworks) from one End of this Continent to the other from this Time forward forever more.”