Now when we hear that it is the 4th of July, we automatically assume that there will be fireworks to mark the historic day. But have you ever wondered when that tradition got started? Was it in the early 1800s? The early 1900s? Well here at Hutch Chevrolet in Paintsville Kentucky, we want to share the wealth of knowledge of the start of the 4th of July firework tradition.
Surprisingly enough, the start of the 4th of July firework tradition was very close to the signing of the Declaration of Independence. The Declaration of Independence was signed on the 4th of July in 1776. The first fireworks in celebration of the anniversary of the signing were set off on the 4th of July 1777. That is just the following year!
Both Boston and Philadelphia set off fireworks in 1777. Oddly both states skipped doing fireworks in 1778, but resumed in 1779. During this first couple of years of fireworks, there was a great fear that cities would catch on fire. Some cities, like Charleston, sent fire trucks all over the city for protection. And other cities, some in New York, banned fireworks altogether. Even today there are always fire trucks handy in case of an emergency, but luckily fireworks are no longer banned.
So it looks like the 4th of July firework tradition is one that we have had almost since the signing of the Declaration of Independence! Join another long tradition of greatness by test driving a new Chevrolet at Hutch Chevrolet today!