Fireworks have been a tradition in many cultures throughout history, especially our own here in the US. The story of how we came to use fireworks every year for Independence Day is a fascinating one—it’s no wonder why we still love them!
Fireworks: An International Tradition
According to historians, it all began in Philadelphia. During the first organized celebration of Independence Day, on July 4, 1777, a ship’s cannon fired a 13-gun salute in honor of the 13 colonies.
The Pennsylvania Evening Post reported: “at night there was a grand exhibition of fireworks (which began and concluded with thirteen rockets) on the Commons, and the city was beautifully illuminated.” That same night, the Sons of Liberty set off fireworks over Boston Common. But who exactly wanted a fireworks display that night?
Many historians point to John Adams after reading his letter to his wife, Abigail. The letter informed her that the Continental Congress had declared independence: “[This day] 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.”
At this point in time, pyrotechnics were already a common manner of celebration and thanksgiving, particularly to mark national triumphs and the restoration of peace. Perhaps fireworks would’ve been a part of the Fourth of July without John Adams’ influence.
Ultimately, fireworks came to be a central component of Independence Day celebrations in the United States as a result of hundreds of years of royal pageantry. Before traveling to the US, fireworks became a staple in Europe first.
The celebratory display of fireworks we know today evolved out of the use of fireworks in romantic performances of combat and in elaborate pageants and plays, typically associated with national events.
England’s King Henry VII, whose royal standard bore the Red Dragon, included fireworks at his wedding in 1486, the first known use of fireworks at a national celebration, and his wife’s coronation in 1487 featured a fire-breathing dragon, which became popular in royal fireworks displays during the reign of the Tudors.
Queen Elizabeth I loved fireworks so much that she even appointed a royal “Fire Master of England” to coordinate shows. After Robert Catesby’s Gunpowder Plot to blow up Parliament was foiled, fireworks were used locally in the annual commemoration of the event, sometimes called Fireworks Night.
By the 18th century, the displays had grown particularly extravagant in Europe in proportion to the opulence of rulers such as King Louis XIV and Peter the Great. Therefore, by the time the American Revolution rolled around, spectacular displays of fireworks had already become a popular way to celebrate national prosperity and patriotism.
Today, fireworks aren’t just used for Independence Day, but for many major holidays around the world. For both the Western New Year and the Chinese New Year, fireworks are used to celebrate at the stroke of midnight.
For Americans, fireworks are one of the most important traditions for celebrating on New Year’s Eve, along with the ball drop at Times Square and a New Year’s kiss with your significant other. Fireworks are a great addition to any holiday celebration as they bring joy to any gathering with family and friends. Don’t be afraid to set off some fireworks during Halloween and Christmas or add a fun element to your birthday party, gender reveal party, and wedding!
Fireworks in Kendall, Miami | Fireworks Lady Co.
Fireworks Lady & Co. operate Seasonal Firework Sales Tent locations throughout Kendall, Miami, and the South Florida area, never forgetting where we came from and providing fundraising opportunities to other families, making them a part of ours!
Fireworks Lady & Co. believes that offering these opportunities to others is passing on “true blessings” to individuals, families, as well as non-profit and religious organizations. Fireworks Lady & Co. takes pride in their history, in the brands in which we carry, and the quality of the brands we carry.
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After all, what is truly important to our company is what we’re founded on – the smiling faces, excitement of expressions from customers, this is something that Patricia (our founder) has never forgotten, although she does not work a Seasonal Sales Tent anymore.
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