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4th of July Hometown Celebration
As long as we can remember, America has celebrated the Fourth of July with the annual lighting of a fireworks show for all to see. Some wonder why we commemorate Independence Day by setting off these thousands of small explosions? Well, because John Adams told us to do so - sort of.
Before the Declaration of Independence was even signed, John Adams envisioned fireworks as a part of the annual festivities of the 4th of July. In a letter to Abigail Adams on July 3, 1776, he wrote that the the annual event should be commemorated “with Pomp and Parade, with Shews, Games, Sports, Guns, Bells, Bonfires and from one end of the Continent to the other till the end of time. The first commemorative Independence Day fireworks were set off on July 4, 1777.
New Years Eve
The tradition of fireworks on New Years Eve are believed to have originated in ancient times and were thought to bring light to restore the missing sunshine and fire to dispel evil spirits and bring good luck. The Chinese are credited with inventing fireworks and use them to spectacular effect!
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