Why Fireworks?

Posted By: Ann Richards · 6/29/2012 11:58:00 AM

Ever wonder why we set off fireworks for the Fourth of July?

It was a Chinese chemist who invented gunpowder which eventually led to the invention of firecrackers and fireworks. 

The Italians were the first to use fireworks as airborne art displays. 

Then, the tradition of setting off fireworks in the United States was started in 1776 as a morale booster for the troops involved in the Revolutionary War. 

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 commemorated as the day of deliverance, by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty.  It ought to be solemnized 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.   – John Adams, July 3, 1776

On July 4, 1976, in Philadelphia, thirteen rockets were fired into the air to celebrate the signing of the Declaration.

Then, on July 4, 1777, thirteen gunshots were fired in the morning then again as evening fell in Bristol, Rhode Island.  Philadelphia celebrated the first anniversary with an official dinner for the Continental Congress, toasts, thirteen gun salutes, speeches, prayers, music, parades, troop reviews, and … of course … fireworks.

This July 4th, 2012 we would love to celebrate with you at the Donatos Downtown Freedom Blast.  Much like the 1777 version, we too will celebrate with food, drinks, entertainment and fireworks set to the music on B 105.7.

Happy Fourth of July!

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