Posted on 07/04/2012
The 4th of July is celebrated differently all around the country. Some people shoot fireworks off themselves; others go to carnivals, fairs, concerts, and baseball games. How do you celebrate? We want to delve deeper into the history of the 4th of July and find out why we celebrate it the way we do. We’ll get your toughest questions answered!
“The bombs bursting in air.” That is a phrase from the Star Spangled Banner, which was written in 1814. Before that, the 4th was mostly celebrated with parades and ceremonies. For the first official Fourth of July in 1777, the citizens of Philadelphia sat and watched along the shores as warships fired a 13-gun salute in honor of the original 13 states.
*Fireworks got their name during the first official Fourth of July in 1777, before that they were called rockets. Why the change? The word ‘Fireworks’ is more about how it looks up in the sky.
Most celebrate with the usual parades, BBQ’s, picnics, and a fireworks display to sum up the evening. However, some African Americans celebrate Juneteenth instead, June 19th, which was when, in 1865, the news that slaves had been freed reached Galveston. Native American tribes sometimes celebrate with pow wows and feasts to respect their ancestors. Dedicated women’s groups use this day to point out that “All men are equal” does not include the women of the nation. In Maine, July 3rd is like a second April Fool’s day!
When you think of the word parade do you think of a celebration of cars and floats passing by on the street? Well, the first Independence Day Parade was on the Potomac River in Washington D.C. Spectators watched as President John Quincy Adams waved from the steamboat leading the show.
In 1777 there were a lot of grand banquets to celebrate Independence Day. Other towns saw this and then followed the tradition. Because of the growing popularity, the celebrations moved outdoors to accommodate the large throngs of people.
Q: What did one flag say to the other flag?
A: Nothing, it just waved.
Q: Do they have a 4th of July in England?
A: Yes. That’s how they get from the 3rd to the 5th
From all of your friends at WarmlyYours Radiant, we wish you a very happy and safe Independence Day!
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