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The First Fourth of July

In the first of our series, “Shoulda, Woulda, Coulda,” we take you to the very first fireworks display on the Fourth of July.

Did you know that it was John Adams who wanted fireworks to be part of the festivities? He wrote to Abigail on July 3, 1776, the following: “Our day of independence ought to be solemnized 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.”

You want to know what a “shew” is, right? It’s a sound effect used to describe intense joy or happiness and employed as a form of celebration.

In Rhode Island, on July 4, 1777, thirteen rockets were fired to recognize the independence of the thirteen colonies. Hundreds viewed from the streets surrounding the area. If only we could have provided the seating! ​​ Looking for the best place to view fireworks this Fourth of July? Click here for a list of the best displays across the land.

Happy birthday, America, from all of us at SGA and T&B! #EventsWeWishWeDid


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