4th of July Firework Facts

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The history of fireworks and how they came to be associated with the 4th of July is long and storied. The earliest documentation dates all the way back to 7th century China, where they were used in many different festivities to entertain both commoners and emperors alike.

They became popular in Europe during the Renaissance and spread from there. Although it took hundreds of years, they eventually made their way to North America by way of western exploration. But the real question remains: why do we set off fireworks to celebrate the 4th of July?

And the answer, believe it or not, is because the founding fathers wanted to. Just one day before signing the Declaration of Independence, John Adams wrote a letter to his wife Abagail that outlined how he envisioned the celebration going: “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.”

It was meant to be from the beginning. The first known public fireworks display on Independence Day was the following year in Philadelphia, where the ceremony both started and finished with 13 rockets to symbolize colonial independence.

Today, people all over the country celebrate with both modest backyard fireworks and extravagant, professional displays. It’s just part of our culture, and has been since the start. So today, to celebrate our nation’s independence, we’ve put together some 4th of July firework facts for you to ponder.

We at Pioneer Services wish everyone a happy and safe 4th of July!


Jake Butler

About the author: Jake Butler

Jake Butler is a staff writer at Pioneer Services who understands the challenges facing modern military families. He writes informative and entertaining pieces about military life, financial education and everything in between. Follow Jake on Google+.

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