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Jul 4

Independence Day

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Happy Independence Day, America, with the "Fireworks" tartan!

​Designed by Carol A.L. Martin, this tartan suggests the bright bursts of fireworks against a dark sky.

Congress led the way for the encouragement of fireworks on the Fourth of July by authorizing a display on July 4, 1777, in Philadelphia, a year after the signing of the Declaration of Independence.  At night there was a grand exhibition of fireworks, which began and concluded with thirteen rockets on the commons.

Before the Declaration of Independence was even signed, founding father John Adams envisioned fireworks as a part of the festivities. In a letter to Abigail Adams on July 3, 1776, he wrote that the occasion should be commemorated “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.”

For more on the origin of historical fireworks celebrations on the Fourth of July in the United States, click the fireworks over Philadelphia picture!