Fourth of July AKA Independence Day is here. Happy birthday, America, you sexy little minx. Oh how I love you.
For those of you that don’t know (and, if you’re on this article, you already know), July 4th is a federal holiday in the United States commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. Yeah, America is a MILF at 242 years old. On that date, the Continental Congress declared that the thirteen American colonies regarded themselves as a new nation and were no longer part of the British Empire.
Revolutionary War mother effers, bring it!
Since we won that fight and have been kick ass Americans ever since, Independence Day is now closely associated with fireworks, parades, barbecues, carnivals, fairs, picnics, concerts, baseball games, family reunions and more. Basically, it’s “F— Yeah, ‘Murica” personified. I love it.
John Adams wrote of the holiday to his wife Abigail:
“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 shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations, from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward forever more.”
Talk about foresight. That Adams dude knew what he was talking about.
In the spirit of the holiday, we put together a gallery of some of the coolest fireworks celebrations of the holiday. You’re welcome to check it out above while you grill a burger and down a beer or 13.