As you know, the Fourth of July is the Holiday when we celebrate the legalization of fireworks in America!
Because the British had very strict laws against the use of fireworks, the first colonists left England in search of a New World where they could have total explosive freedom. They had a dream, and it was very colorful and quite loud.
Of course, King George was not a big fan of losing tax dollars and seeing the colonists totally disregard his anti-fireworks law, so he sent the Redcoats to teach them a lesson. This is how the Revolutionary War started.
Few history books ever mention that the first shots fired in the Revolutionary War were actually bottle rockets. I’m sure you’re well aware, however, that the “rockets’ red glare” and “bombs bursting in air” mentioned in the National Anthem are fireworks.
So fireworks have played a key role in the history of The United States of America, even though their influence has been downplayed over the years. Every July 4th, though, Americans get all hog wild and put on pyrotechnic displays for the ages.
Those in the know, Modern Philosophers, realize that our great Independence Day firework shows are put on to rub the Brits’ noses in the fact that we won the war. We want to make sure every British citizen is well aware that while they’re working on July 4th, we’re sitting around barbecuing, drinking, and blowing up stuff.
These are the spoils of war. We get to show off our legal fireworks while Prime Minister Cameron and Queen Elizabeth try to make the poor English citizens think that they are much better off on their side of the Atlantic, safe from the barbaric Americans and their noisy, breathtaking explosions.
Tonight, I will sit out on the porch of The House on the Hill in my red, white, and blue toga and watch the annual fireworks display. How great is America? I don’t even have to leave my home to watch the show.
May your skies be forever lit up with the beautiful colors of freedom!