All About Fireworks

Find out about the history of fireworks, Fourth of July, and where to find fireworks.

Written by VINCENT WEI / Published July 6, 2012 

Find out about the history of fireworks, Fourth of July, and where to find fireworks.

Setting fireworks on Independence Day have always been a tradition. It is a tradition started back in Revolutionary Times and is still popular today.

Every July 4th, Americans have been known to associate the Fourth of July with fireworks. The nation celebrates the Fourth of July with fireworks with big shows in public squares and smaller displays with firecrackers at home or in one’s own neighborhood.

And this all started with John Adams, the second President of the United States, who wanted Americans to celebrate and to celebrate big after the nation received its independence from Great Britain.

Before the Declaration of Independence was even signed, he envisioned fireworks as a part of the festivities. On July 3, 1776, John Adams stated, “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.”

The first Independence Day fireworks were set off July 4, 1777, a year after the Declaration of Independence was signed, and since then fireworks have been a big part of tradition in celebrating America’s independence.

Firework vendors have been popping up in empty parking lots and in front of businesses all around Temple City hoping to sell fireworks to customers. Every booth has an organization that receives some donations from the purchase of fireworks.

For example, a firework vendor booth on Las Tunas Blvd. helps the Temple City High School Band.

“A percentage of the profit helps the Temple City High School Band,” stated Joanne Swan, who was volunteering at the Phantom Fireworks booth, “This is a great opportunity to help the band so please support them.”

Even at 9 pm on July 4th, business seemed to be booming with customers buying last minute fireworks.

“Business has been great,” stated Swan, “This is my first year and it’s seriously a great experience.” And even with the bad economy, customers seemed to be willing to purchase large amounts of fireworks.

“I buy fireworks because it’s an American tradition, stated Temple City resident Lily Tseng, “Besides it only happens once a year.”

July 4th is truly a great holiday and experience for people of all ages. Remember to be grateful of America’s freedom how many people sacrificed their lives to achieve this independence for all Americans.


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