The United States celebrates the Fourth of July, or Independence Day, with fireworks as a tradition continued down through history since the initial year the country's independence was celebrated.
The first celebration, which came one year after the Declaration of Independence was signed, began and ended with 13 fireworks being set off from the city's commons.
After that first celebration in Philadelphia, Boston held its own celebration with fireworks, and the tradition grew from there.
Explorer Richard Byrd even set off fireworks in Antarctica. The original tradition behind fireworks was to symbolize the 13 states of the union as 13 fireworks were set off at the beginning and of the celebration. However, it evolved as more states joined the union.
The Fourth of July was officially declared a federal holiday in 1941, but the country has been celebrating this day since July 4, 1776. This holiday is recognized as the birth of American independence, and it is celebrated each year with a wide range of festivities including firework shows, parades, concerts and barbecues. It is a day spent celebrating patriotism and has remained an important holiday throughout American history.
by Debbie Christensen, Author
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