Independence Day – The third of July

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So another holiday is coming along, and I thought I would write a few things about the up coming independence holiday. I first want to point out that I did not make a mistake when I said the third of july, because one of the biggest independence day events is held in Downtown Columbus known as Red White and Boom, is actually held on the Third of July. this event although glorious, the few times I saw it in person, and entertaining every time I saw it on TV, is a matter of inconvenience for many. This is a celebration for the Declaration of Independence written in 1974, but is never celebrated on the 4th of July. The reasoning they provide is a rather bland one for me.

Red, White & BOOM! is held on July 3 so it does not interfere with any of the Central Ohio communities’ firework displays and events on July 4.

Although, this may seem like a valid reason, it has become so popular that they allow seating to take place on July 2nd. I find it rather hard for a family to spent so much time at the Red White and Boom event and the proceed to another firework show on the fourth, This would essentially mess with anyone’s sleeping schedule. Being able to claim a spot 29 hours before the event starts, and then staying up for the 26 minute show, to then drive home. Sleep, and then get up for another 20 minute showing on the 4th of july, local to your area, seems to me like it would change your body to a night shift schedule, but then you have to work the 5th, unless it happens on a weekend and your company isn’t open, but if your like mine, you have to work the 4th and weekends so there is no mercy given if you want to participate in these events.

Independence Day
a civil holiday for the celebration of the anniversary of the beginnings of national independence; specifically July 4 observed as a legal holiday in the United States in commemoration of the adoption of the Declaration of Independence in 1776

So Why do we use fireworks to celebration Independence Day, but we make other holidays like Thanksgiving celebrate with food. Even Christmas is celebrated with a Tree and food. The answer is in history, according to Forrest Wickman, a writer for The Slate Group

Because John Adams wanted us to. Before the Declaration of Independence was even signed, he envisioned fireworks as a part of the festivities. In a letter to Abigail Adams on July 3, 1776, he wrote that the occasion should be commemorated “with Pomp and Parade, with Shews, Games, Sports, Guns, Bells, Bonfires and Illuminations from one End of this Continent to the other from this Time forward forever more.” The first commemorative Independence Day fireworks were set off on July 4, 1777.

The reality of the mater is that I still don’t accept the reasoning of holding these firework shows before the actual date of declaring independence. The Red, White & Boom event also doesn’t just include the fireworks show, there is live entertainment, and multiple activities planned through the afternoon. Downtown Columbus is basically a party for July 3rd, but even the first fireworks were done on the 4th. Companies still only close on the 4th, so not everyone can enjoy these festivities on the 3rd, so by not interrupt local activities, your not allowing everyone to participate because business has to run as usual on the 3rd. I hope those that are lucky enough to get the 3rd and 4th off enjoy their independence celebrations, and for the rest of you, join me as we work July 4th.

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