Amid their plans for picnics, fireworks and fun over the July Fourth weekend, Americans seriously take this opportunity to show their patriotism and love of country.
They attend patriotic parades and fireworks demonstrations, salute the flag, tell stories about how family members fought for our country, and remember to honor our present defenders in foreign lands.
Independence Day is the most important holiday of the summer. It carries a tradition that began with the signing of the Declaration of Independence in 1776. John Adams, one of the declaration signers and future president said: “It will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival. It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, shells, bonfires and illuminations from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward evermore.”
And so it is.
Fireworks fulfill Adams’ prediction for “illuminations.” In cities and towns, the skies fill with dramatic, colorful and startling shell bursts. Many demonstrations in cities are so impressive they draw viewers from miles away to view them. Some Americans take illuminations personally and create their own fireworks shows. In many neighborhoods, stay-at-home celebrants can view neighbors’ shell bursts that are almost as dramatic as those fired by professionals.
Remember safety first!