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“It was the 4th of July… You and I were fireworks…”

Hello! Hey, y’all!!!

So, being the good American teenagers that we are, we want to talk about a huge part of an upcoming holiday. The holiday we’re talking about is July 4th, or Independence Day for non-Americans to whom July 4th is just another day of a month. The “huge part” of that holiday we’re talking about is a truly American tradition: blowing things up. Okay, okay… Fireworks, which aren’t actually American, but that aside. They’re pretty…like our country. Exactly! They’re one of the most integral parts of the holiday, besides family (and nationalism #) ).

There are all kinds of fireworks sold in enormous quantities leading up to the day. IMAGINE: ENTIRE STORES FILLED WITH COLORFUL EXPLOSIVES. THINGS THAT POP AND CRACKLE JUST FOR CHILDREN’S ENTERTAINMENT. SQUEALING CHICKENS THAT HAVE BALLOONS THAT APPEAR OUT OF THEIR REARS BECAUSE YOU SET THEM ON FIRE! Nothing has ever sounded more patriotic! (I think you can tell I don’t understand what fireworks have to do with America.) I did not know those existed (city folk have to get creative since we can’t have big booms in our backyard :/). My favorites are more traditional like Butterflies and Roman Candles. Snappers were always fun to use, and sparklers (the most beautiful gift to firework kind) were a childhood memory attached to a long story about being separated from my mother.

 

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The Squealing Chicken (Source)

 

Fireworks can be really beautiful. For Americans on July 4, they are exciting and bring people together in this country to remember that we are all together in this nation that isn’t perfect every day but is pretty great on the overall.  

My personal theory on the purpose of fireworks in connection to Independence Day is not well researched, but I think it fits. There’s a line in the Star Spangled Banner that says, “the bombs bursting in air gave proof through the night that our flag was still there.” Fireworks can loosely mimic cannon shots and serve as a nice piece of symbolism to remind us of the war that was fought for Americans to have their own country and make their own rules for themselves.  (This thought makes a ton of sense to me and is kind of great, in my opinion.)

Have a happy Fourth of July, whether it’s a holiday or not!!! Keep your heads in the air and your hands in the matchbox! ❤ 😀 😉 😛 O.o 🙂

Drive safely, especially if you’re in America since it’ll be a holiday! ❤

*Note about the title: Fourth of July by Fall Out Boy was stuck in my head. #)