A Brief Tour of the Fireworks

In my other (paid, employed) life, I also sometimes blog. This morning, I was called upon to blog about which towns in the Bay Area are holding fireworks celebrations. I discovered that some other local media outlets had come up with good lists, so rather than invent the wheel with my limited time and resources, I simply linked to what had been done well elsewhere. Of course, that wasn’t enough for me, so I dressed up the post with a dash of Fourth of July fireworks history. Including part of this widely cited passage (note the mention of future celebrations) from a letter John Adams wrote to his wife, Abigail, on July 3, 1776:

The Second Day of July 1776, will be the most memorable Epocha, in the History of America. I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated, by succeeding Generations, as the great anniversary Festival. 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 Shews, Games, Sports, Guns, Bells, Bonfires and Illuminations from one End of this Continent to the other from this Time forward forever more. You will think me transported with Enthusiasm but I am not. I am well aware of the Toil and Blood and Treasure, that it will cost Us to maintain this Declaration, and support and defend these States. Yet through all the Gloom I can see the Rays of ravishing Light and Glory. I can see that the End is more than worth all the Means. And that Posterity will tryumph in that Days Transaction, even altho We should rue it, which I trust in God We shall not.

One Reply to “A Brief Tour of the Fireworks”

  1. Hmmmm.. the second day? I’m sure I missed something about the importance of that date. Is it the Continental Congress…? OK OK as you always used to tell me to do, I’ll look it up.
    Well I guess a little history was stuck in my subconscious there.
    We saw a lot of fireworks over here as well. From Brooklyn Bridge park we could see glimpses of the Hudson River Macy’s Fireworks as well as a better (yet more distant) view of New Jersey fireworks beyond the Statue of Liberty.
    From John’s balcony later we saw several fireworks displays going on at the same time in various locations east of us.

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