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Fireworks: From Adams to Red, White, and BOOM!

The use of fireworks to celebrate the 4th of July has a long and storied history that dates back to the early days of American independence. Fireworks were first associated with Independence Day celebrations in the United States in the late 18th century. The initial celebrations of July 4th included public gatherings, speeches, and various forms of merriment, but fireworks quickly became a popular addition to the festivities.

John Adams’ Vision 

It is believed that John Adams, one of the Founding Fathers and the second President of the United States, envisioned fireworks as an integral part of the celebrations. In a letter to his wife Abigail Adams on July 3, 1776, he wrote that Independence Day should be commemorated with “illuminations” (fireworks) and described it as “the great anniversary festival.”

Early Fireworks Displays

The first recorded fireworks display to commemorate Independence Day occurred in Philadelphia on July 4, 1777, the first anniversary of the Declaration of Independence. The display featured fireworks, bonfires, and the ringing of bells.

Popularization and Spread

Fireworks quickly gained popularity as a symbol of celebration and patriotism. They became an established tradition associated with the 4th of July celebrations in cities and towns across the country. By the early 19th century, fireworks displays became more elaborate and sophisticated, incorporating various colors, shapes, and effects.

The Modern Era

In the 20th century, fireworks displays on the 4th of July became larger, grander, and more widespread. Many cities and towns held their own displays, and national celebrations in major cities like New York City and Washington, D.C., featured elaborate fireworks shows that attracted millions of spectators.

Red, White, and BOOM!

The Rock Hill Coca-Cola Bottling Company is proud to sponsor this year’s Red, White, and BOOM! festival. The event will take place in Old Town Rock Hill on July 3rd from 5-10 p.m. Visitors can enjoy plenty of food and fun, and, of course, fireworks. While you’re waiting for the big show, try your stomach at the Ice Cream Eating Contest. Sign up in person starting at 5:30. Don’t be late! The contest is limited to 10 people per age group. Given the inherent noise associated with a fireworks show, this event is necessarily not pet-friendly.