4th of July: What is it and why do we celebrate the holiday with fireworks?

The vision for the celebratory tradition actually dates back to 1776.

That is when then-future second president John Adams imagined — in a letter to his wife, Abigail — that a sparkling sky would honor the soon-to-be independent 13 colonies every year from that point onward.

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The man who would become the second president of the U.S. geskryf het, gedeeltelik, op Julie 3, 1776, “I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated, by succeeding Generations, as the great anniversary Festival.

He also wrote, “It ought to be solemnized with Pomp and Parade, with Shews, Games, Sport, Guns, Bells, Bonfires and Illuminations from one End of this Continent to the other from this Time forward forever more,” according to the National Archives.

Fireworks illuminate the sky above the Lincoln Memorial on the National Mall during Independence Day celebrations in Washington, D.C., op Julie 4, 2021.

Fireworks illuminate the sky above the Lincoln Memorial on the National Mall during Independence Day celebrations in Washington, D.C., op Julie 4, 2021. (Roberto Schmidt/AFP via Getty Images)

Just one day later, op Julie 4, 1776, the Declaration of Independence was adopted by delegates to the Second Continental Congress in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

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While some public recitations of the Declaration of Independence were greeted withimpromptu celebrationsfrom local militia in Pennsylvania and New Jersey on July 8, a formal pyrotechnics display would not light up the sky for another year, according to History.com.

Fireworks light up the night sky in this gorgeous display.

Fireworks light up the night sky in this gorgeous display. (iStock)

In 1777, patriotic revelry rocked the first organized Fourth of July celebrations in Philadelphia — with fireworks dramatically lighting up the night sky.

The evening was closed with the ringing of bells … and at night there was a grand exhibition of fireworks (which began and concluded with 13 vuurpyle) on the Commons, and the city was beautifully illuminated,” according to the Pennsylvania Evening Post.

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Everything was conducted with the greatest order and decorum, and the face of joy and gladness was universal.

In Boston on July 4, 1777, city officials also set off fireworks to celebrate the new nation.

In Boston on July 4, 1777, city officials also set off fireworks to celebrate the new nation. (iStock)

City officials in Boston also set off fireworks on July 4, 1777.

Fireworks became available for sale to the public in 1783, the Farmer’s Almanac reported, and the tradition has lived on ever since then.

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Hierdie jaar, in 2022, buyers will spend about $ 2.3 billion on fireworks on the Fourth of July, according to the American Pyrotechnics Association.

Fireworks explode behind a United States flag during a 4th of July celebration at State Fair Meadowlands, in Oos Rutherford, N.J.

Fireworks explode behind a United States flag during a 4th of July celebration at State Fair Meadowlands, in Oos Rutherford, N.J. (AP)

Egter, that does not mean everyone will be setting off fireworks.

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The skies over some western U.S. cities will stay dark for the third consecutive Fourth of July this year, as some major fireworks displays are canceled again in 2022.

Some displays are nixed over wildfire concerns amid dry weather — while others are canceled because of enduring pandemic-related staffing and supply chain issues.

Unless you’re in a really remote area where that was the only show, most people will be able to find a show nearby.

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