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🎆 The Origins of Fireworks and the 4th of July The use of fireworks to celebrate the 4th of July has deep historical roots. This tradition began with the suggestion of John Adams, one of the Founding Fathers of the United States. Adams envisioned fireworks to commemorate the nation’s independence and the birth of the United States. He believed the day should be celebrated 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” [4].

US Significance of the 4th of July The 4th of July marks the anniversary of the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. This historic document proclaimed the thirteen American colonies as independent states, free from British rule. The day has since become synonymous with patriotism and national pride, celebrated with various festivities, including parades, concerts, barbecues, and fireworks [1].

🎇 Local Firework Shows

Several communities host spectacular firework displays in the Los Angeles County area to celebrate the 4th of July. Notable shows include:

  • La Crescenta: The Crescenta Valley Fireworks Association has planned its 17th annual event at the La Crescenta Elementary field. The field will open at 4 p.m., and food trucks will also be on-site. The Mary Dyer Band will perform live music at the venue until the fireworks begin at around 9:10 p.m. Presale tickets will be $9, while tickets bought at the event will be $10. Active military and children who are 7 and younger get in for free. The Crescenta Valley Fireworks Association Annual Fireworks Show, 4343 La Crescenta Avenue, presale $9, day of $10, 4 p.m.,
  • Burbank: Fourth of July at Starlight Bowl. 1249 Lockheed View Dr. Parking opens at 4:30 p.m. Gates open at 5:30 p.m. Show begins at 6:30 p.m. Entertainment by Billy Nation, a Billy Joel Tribute, and Mirage. More info
  • Pasadena: At 7:30 p.m., Pasadena will celebrate Independence Day with the Rose Bowl Stadium’s 98-year-old fireworks show. The show will come after a match played by the LA Galaxy and LAFC, chronicling the 28th MLS regular-season match.
  • More Sites in and around LA: Find more events by clicking here.

In recent years, drone shows have started to replace traditional fireworks in some areas. These high-tech displays offer a quieter and more environmentally friendly alternative to fireworks, creating intricate light patterns and animations in the sky. While many people appreciate drone shows’ innovative and less disruptive nature, others feel that they lack the traditional charm and explosive excitement of fireworks. The debate continues as communities balance tradition with modern technology and environmental considerations.

Wherever you are, have fun, be safe, and please be considerate to your neighbors and don’t use illegal fireworks.

🌐 Sources

  1. – Why Do Americans Celebrate the Fourth of July with Fireworks?
  2. – City of La Cañada Flintridge
  3. – City of Pasadena
  4. – Why Do We Celebrate July 4 With Fireworks?
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