Fireworks & the 4th of July

On one of America's most revered holidays I find myself wondering why fireworks are so synonymous with Independence Day. Other than New Years Eve, there aren't very many holidays we break out the big guns.

Fireworks had been been around in England since the 13th century, and were used for big occasions and celebrations. The popularity rose rapidly, and why wouldn't it. Entertainment in the 13th century consisted of jousting, drinking wine, the circus, and dramatic works of music and art.

Dante would have written his masterpiece Inferno, so you can see how fireworks would have caught on. 

It became more and more popular to use fireworks and politicians started using them at rally's as it was a great way to generate attention to yourself, and popularity steadily grew. Early american colonists did also figure out that fireworks were very effective in scaring the living shit out of the natives.

Prior to signing the Declaration of Independence John Adams wrote a letter to his wife. In it he foreshadowed how exciting and how monumental the day would be, and how he though people would react once it was signed.
"The day will be most memorable in the history of America. I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival. It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, bonfires and illuminations (fireworks) from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward forever more." 
So it was as he predicted and fireworks continued to grow in popularity and production rose tremendously. Throughout that time we have kept that connection of fireworks and July 4th making sure to demonstrate in wild fashion how exciting it was to be a new country and grateful we were to be free from English rule.


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