Why Do Americans Set Off Fireworks on the 4th of July

when I was a little kid I called July 4th fireworks day since that's what most people did on that day every year it made sense to me while most of us call July 4th the 4th of July the holidays more historically accurate name is Independence Day the day the Declaration of Independence was officially adopted by the Continental Congress and the United States of America became its own country free from Great Britain Americans like to call it their birthday so where did the fireworks come in why do we shoot fireworks on the fourth of July why did I only associate Independence Day with blowing things up growing up well many say it was John Adams fault John on July 3rd 1776 the day before the Declaration of Independence was to be adopted the future President wrote about its occasion to his wife Abigail I believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival it had to be celebrated by pomp and parade with shows games sports guns bells bonfires and illuminations from one end of this continent to the other one year after the Declaration of Independence was adopted the first Independence Day fireworks were set off in Philadelphia the Pennsylvania Evening Post reported that folks the evening was closed with the ring of bells and at night there was a grand exhibition of fireworks which began and concluded with 13 Rockets on the Commons and the city was beautifully eliminated everything was conducted with the greatest order in decorum and the face of joy and gladness was universal unquote Boston also had fireworks that year in every year since the tradition has grown and grown tl DW long story short Americans blow up stuff on the 4th of July because they always have since when they first became a country and John Adams was not only a founding father of that country but the founding father of this tradition of blowing stuff up you