Here's a little Independence Day fireworks treat. In addition to the big city displays, people all across the country in rural areas also have their own shows. The one below is from a lake in Central Massachusetts last night. Residents on all sides of the lake set off their fireworks for the better part of an hour-and-a-half. The video shows just four minutes worth to give you a sense of the view across the lake, as well as some closer explosions, complete with double images from the water's reflection.
Thomas Jefferson hoped that Americans would celebrate the Fourth of July — what he called "the great birthday of our Republic" — to "refresh our collections of [our] rights, and undiminished devotion to them."
John Adams said, in a letter to Abigail Adams on July 3, 1776:
The day will be most memorable in the history of America. I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival…It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade…bonfires and illuminations (fireworks) from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward forevermore.
Both men died on July 4, 1826.
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