Pomp and Parade; Bonfires and Illuminations
Jun 22, 2021
Every Fourth of July, we celebrate America’s birthday. It was on this day, 245 years ago, that we claimed our independence and freedom from England and King George III. The Declaration of Independence was drafted by Thomas Jefferson and adopted by the Continental Congress representatives in all 13 colonies. This document played a vital role in the beginning of our nation, in the beginning of our United States of America. The Declaration of Independences embodies our courageous, optimistic, and independent spirit as a country, that even 245 years later, still holds true.
In a letter to his wife in July of 1776, John Adams wrote, “I am apt to believe that it [Independence Day] 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.”
Fireworks, Festivals, and Fun
It's clear that John Adams certainly was on to something. Today, we still celebrate our Independence Day with parades, fireworks, parties, festivals, and more. And our flag can be found just about everywhere as a symbol of our freedom and independence. There are so many different ways to celebrate this momentous occasion in our history. Here are a few of our favorites.
- Fireworks. Whether you decide to attend a fireworks show or pop firecrackers at home, this is truly a fun way to celebrate for all ages. Of course, if you choose to do fireworks at home, always follow all local laws and fire safety rules.
- Backyard Cookout. Is there anything more American than hamburgers, hot dogs, and apple pie? A backyard cookout is the perfect place to celebrate and eat your favorite all American foods. Check out these delicious Fourth of July recipes to try, from cocktails to desserts.
- Parades and Festivals. Many local communities host parades and festivals. What better way to celebrate than by coming together as a community? This is also a chance to support many local small businesses, musicians, and the service men and women.
- Red, White, and Blue Everything. If you can be sure of one thing, it’s that you will see red, white and blue just about everywhere. You can dress in an array of colors from our flag, or even a vibrant and elaborate costume. [Remember to NEVER use the American flag as a piece of clothing.] You can also proudly fly American flag, for it to be seen far and wide. You may even try to make some delicious red, white, and blue foods.
How will you celebrate Independence Day?
Regardless of how you choose to celebrate, be sure to show your patriotism by flying one of our flags – 100% homegrown, made, and manufactured in America. And remember, always follow proper flag etiquette.