Why Fireworks on Independence Day?
Fireworks are said to have originated in ancient 7th century China.
The popular story goes that a cook mixed together saltpeter, charcoal and sulfur. The mix started burning. The cook went a step further and placed it in a bamboo tube. It exploded and the first fireworks came to be.
Fireworks have been used to celebrate special occasions for sometime, even before the American Revolution. Even the founding fathers believed in celebrating our independence with fireworks.
John Adams wrote a letter to his wife that stated that the holiday deserves to be celebrated with “illuminations” or fireworks.
“The day will be most memorable in the history of America. I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival. It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, bonfires and illuminations (fireworks) from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward forever more.”
Did you know?
George Washington issued double rations of rum to all his soldiers to mark the anniversary of independence in 1778.
When George Washington celebrated his inauguration in 1789, he insisted that at least one barrel of rum had to be from Barbados. He was in agreement with the common belief of that day, that Barbados rum was richer than other rums because of the journey across the sea from the island.
Washington state law on Fireworks:
Consumer fireworks may be used or discharged each day between the hours of twelve o’clock noon and eleven o’clock p.m. on the twenty-eighth of June and between the hours of nine o’clock a.m. and eleven o’clock p.m. on the twenty-ninth of June to the third of July, and on July 4th between the hours of nine o’clock a.m. and twelve o’clock midnight, and between the hours of nine o’clock a.m. and eleven o’clock p.m. on July 5th, and from six o’clock p.m. on December 31st until one o’clock a.m. on January 1st of the subsequent year, and as provided in RCW 70.77.311.
So that is why you continue hear fireworks after the 4th of July! And you thought it was the rum cake!
Speaking of rum cake check out our Rum Cake recipe! Have a Happy and Safe July!