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"By the time of the American Revolution, fireworks had long played a
part in celebrating important events. It was natural that not only John Adams,
but also many of his countrymen, should think of fireworks when Independence
was declared. The very first celebration of Independence Day was in 1777,
six years before Americans knew whether the new nation would even survive
the war, and fireworks were a part of the revels."
San Francisco Chronicle: History of Fireworks
The Great American 4th of July Fireworks
Boston's Fourth of July
National Independence Day Parade
National Council of Fireworks Safety y