On July 4th we celebrate the birth of America’s Independence. Every year, from one coast to another, each city has its festive activities and stunning fireworks spectacle. However, this year, most cities will miss this celebration. The impact of COVID-19 has also left a deep mark on one of the most remarkable dates in America’s calendar.
Do you know why and when we start to celebrate July 4th?
On July 2nd, the Continental Congress voted in favor of the resolution for independence. Two days later delegates from the 13 colonies adopted the Declaration of Independence. John Adams hoped that July 2nd was from there on a big celebration day and wrote to his wife that “… will be celebrated, by succeeding Generations, as the great anniversary Festival.” Also, he stated there the celebration should include “Pomp and Parade…Games, Sports, Guns, Bells, Bonfires and Illuminations from one End of this Continent to the other.” Though the vote for actual independence took place on July 2nd, July 4th became the official day for the birth of American independence’s triumph.
The first Independence Day fireworks took place in Philadelphia on July 4th, 1777. However, it was not until 1941 that it became a federal holiday in the United States. Today, it is a well-known tradition where friends and families meet that day to share and enjoy a marvelous fireworks show.
July 4th in a pandemic.
This year, several cities have canceled or postpone the fireworks celebration all over the country. In South Florida, as COVID-19 cases continue to rise throughout the state, fireworks show shortens also. In Miami Dade county, Coral Gables, Miami Beach, and Key Biscayne have canceled their fireworks shows. The City of Miami has yet to decide on whether or no the show at Bayfront Park in downtown will be held. Officials are asking residents to watch the Fourth of July fireworks from their cars or their homes.