Friday, June 24th

The 4th of July is All Fired Up!

Independence Day on the fourth of July – a holiday sometimes called “America’s Birthday” – has long been associated with parades, barbeques, bonfires, ¬†picnics and family reunions, as well as more public events like carnivals, concerts and – best of all from many people’s point of view – fireworks. We love to watch the spectacular sparks of brilliant color sizzling and bursting in the sky while we “ooh” and “aah.”

But when did the United States start celebrating Independence Day with fireworks?

Since making their way into Europe from the east in the 13h century, fireworks were commonly used at important public events and celebrations like religious festivals. When the Pilgrims sailed to the New World, they brought a love of fireworks with them – so much so that in 1731, Rhode Island passed a law banning the “unnecessary firing of guns, pistols, squibs or other Fire-works.” In 1751, Pennsylvania followed Rhode Island’s example.

On July 3, 1776, John Adams wrote to his wife, Abigail (regarding the adoption of the Declaration of Independence): “The day… will be celebrated by succeeding generations… with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires and illuminations, from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward forever more.”
(source – Life Magazine: July 4, 1955)

The first public celebration of Independence Day occurred in 1777, when America was still at war with Britain and independence seemed far from assured. Since then, we’ve come to expect magnificent fiery displays lighting up the night sky on the Fourth of July to mark America’s Birthday with a bang!

Greeting Card Universe has many humorous or patriotic ways to send a “Happy Independence Day” to every member of your family, friends, co-workers, neighbors and everyone else you want to share in the celebration and say “Happy birthday, America!” with a smile.

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2 Responses to “The 4th of July is All Fired Up!”

  1. Joan says:

    These “Corrieposts” are so well-researched, so engaging and articulate, so cheery and informative, that I feel compelled to thank and praise the author for her ongoing marvelous accomplishments in everything she turns her hand to! (I only lately discovered these new chapters.) This has been a totally unsolicited comment by someone who cannot believe her own good fortune in being part of the GCU venture and associating with, among others, the glorious Corrie.

  2. Corrie says:

    Thanks *blush* I’m just out there doing the best I can! :-)

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