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And as we celebrate the Fourth, what about the traditions that make this holiday so unique?
Why is the flag red, white and blue?
There is no official record on why these bright colors were chosen however in 1782 the Congress of the Confederation chose the same three colors for the Great Seal of the United States: white to represent purity and innocence; red to represent valor and hardiness and blue to represent vigilance, perseverance and justice. In a more poetic description, according to legend, George Washington saw the colors of the flag this way: the stars were taken from the sky, the red from the British colors, and the white stripes as a symbol of secession from the home country.
Why were the stars originally in a circle?
While the stars are too numerous to remain in a circle now, the original representatives of the 13 colonies (states) were in a circle so that no one colony would be viewed above another. George Washington reportedly said, “Let the 13 stars in a circle stand as a new constellation in the heavens.”
Why do we shoot fireworks?
It’s an odd combination of spark and heat for a summertime event. However, we shoot off fireworks because of the phrase “the bombs bursting in air,” from the Star-Spangled Banner. However, our national anthem was written 38 years after the signing of the Declaration of Independence which is the origin of our Fourth of July.
The real reason that we shoot off fireworks is because of a letter Founding Father John Adams wrote. In it he said that Independence Day “will be the most memorable Epocha in the History of America…It will be celebrated, by succeeding Generations, as the great anniversary Festival…It ought to be solemnized with Pomp and Parade, with Shews [performances], Games, Sports, Guns, Bells, Bonfires and Illuminations [fireworks] from one end of this Continent to the other from this Time forward forevermore.”