Celebrating America with Fireworks


As I sat and watched the fireworks shoot off in celebration of America I wondered at how this beautiful and breathtaking tradition was started. Today I did a little research and was pleasantly surprised by what I found. It turns out that fireworks have been a part of America’s tradition almost from birth. The first display of lighting up the American sky went off July 4th, 1777, only one year after the Declaration of Independence was signed and our nation born.

In a letter John Adams wrote to his wife, he said:  “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 and forever more.”

As an American I was proud how we have carried on this tradition every year. Realizing that the traditions of our Fourth of July are rooted so strongly in our history filled me with awe. Our founding fathers gazed upon our same American sky and saw it lit up with beauty and wonder just as we do today. The future was unclear for them, as it is for us, but I am sure looking heavenward they saw what we see. A great nation of liberty and justice filled with the love of God and country.

I pray as the years pass our American traditions continue as John Adams wrote, from this time forward and forever more.


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