Fireworks and the fourth of July
In fact, the genesis of America’s love affair with fireworks is inextricably linked to its independence. In a letter dated July 3, 1776, American founding father John Adams wrote to his wife Abigail that, on the occasion of Independence Day, the country should be honored “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.”
Adams’s words were ultimately put into action just one year and one day later, on July 4, 1777, when the United States’ first commemorative Independence Day skyrockets erupted into the night sky. The Pennsylvania Evening Post wrote that in Philadelphia, “the evening was closed with the ring of bells, and at night there was a grand exhibition of fireworks which began and concluded with 13 rockets [to represent the 13 American colonies] on the Commons, and the city was beautifully illuminated.”
By 1783, the now-traditional fireworks became available to the public, and the Independence Day skies were filled with more explosive color than ever before. Although some states have since banned the sale of fireworks for safety reasons, setting off rockets at home remains a popular pastime in many parts of the country as a way to brightly commemorate America’s independence.
Birthdays & Anniversaries we are celebrating this week:
Thursday: HEMI-LAW - David from North Carolina
If it's your birthday/anniversary/special occasion let us know and we'll celebrate with you!
Congratulations to GodsRodHemi and family on the announcement of the upcoming birth of his grandson due in November!!
Try your luck at being "Truck of the Month"!! Post a picture and a write up of your ride between the 1st-21st then we vote the 22nd-months end. After the voting the winner will be messaged for email info. The email is for the digital TOTM award. Printing and shipping them was getting pricey and time consuming. The awards will be printable on your end and then you can frame them. Thanks to Keith (charged392) for heading this up!
Chatroom is back!! Join us every Thursday evening at 7:00 CST for chatroom. See what going on with the rest of the HTC'ers.
If you have a prayer request you would like to share either add it to this thread or PM me.
*HemiSuperbee - Mark - health concerns
*Rancher - Doug general health
*Doc's mother - recent fall resulting in fractured femur & surgery, she is currently in rehab
*Studmuffin - Morris' mom continued recovery from surgery
*boedacres - Steve - health issues including diabetes
*SuperBee - John & his wife - health issues
*Those affected and impacted by the Covid 19 virus both physically and financially!
*Our country for safety and guidance thru the current protests and riots
*A safe July 4th weekend
Have a great week and be safe!!