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Why Do We Shoot Off Fireworks on July 4th?

Known now as a day of patriotism and enjoying time off from work, the Fourth of July began the journey to becoming a quintessentially American holiday in 1776, when the Second Continental Congress adopted the Declaration of Independence. Though 12 of the 13 American colonies had already approved the resolution by July 2, 1776, even prompting John Adams to write his daughter with predictions of future July Second festivities, the document declaring independence from Britain wasn’t officially adopted until July 4.

Although some Americans began celebrating the very same year, Congress didn’t pass a bill making Independence Day a federal holiday until June 28, 1870. In 1941, it became a paid holiday for federal employees.

Fireworks displays are perhaps the most iconic of all Fourth of July revelries. The first celebration came in earnest on July 4, 1777, described on July 5 in the Pennsylvania Evening Post as a demonstration of “joy and festivities.” Ships “dressed in the gayest manner, with the colors of the United States and streamers displayed” approached the city and fired off 13 cannon shots, one for each colony-turned-state. Later in the evening, 13 fireworks were set off in the city commons in Philadelphia and Boston, which the Evening Post described as a “grand exhibition of fireworks … and the city was beautifully illuminated.”

It wasn’t until the 18th century, that fireworks were perfected and began to resemble the explosive rockets we know today.

But what do we celebrate freedom from? Our Founding Fathers laid it all out in the Declaration of Independence, a quick 15-minute read. We break it down into the document’s five sections for easier understanding. Click here for the free download!

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