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The first time fireworks were used to celebrate July 4th was on July 8th, 1776. According to History.com, some of the fireworks used may have been used mockingly, because in England fireworks were used as a birthday celebration for the kings and queens. Firing the fireworks to celebrate the separation of the colonies from England was to some the celebration of the "death" of the king's power over them.

On July 4th, 1777, the first official July 4th celebration was held. This day was celebrated with the firing of guns, cannons, bonfires and fireworks. Philadelphia was the first city to celebrate July 4th in this manner (which was the capital of the United States at the time). Other cities and towns soon took up the practice of firing guns and fireworks on July 4th as well.. That's how the fireworks tradition came about..

fireworks were first invented by the Chinese between the years of 960-1279ad.

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yes. thank you for a very detailed answer.
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lol
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To celebrate Freedom Independence . .

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China invented fireworks in the 1600's

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Those crazy Chinese. I think it was to scare off evil spirits, or something.

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yes to scare off the evil spirits.
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Yes sir, those crazy chinese
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Not crazy as you image. haha, you must be hurt when you set off ,or something like that. When I was young, My hand was hurt by a handfull small fireworks that is particular for children. I never set off the big ones that used in Chinese Spring festival or someone pass away. Now the fireworks are ususally sold at appointed store or temporary points of sale.
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it was for the bombs bursting in air from the national anthum

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I believe that you are correct.At least as far as America celibrating the forth is concerned.
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Our Founding Father's set off fireworks to celebrate our independence, which is where the tradition came from and still exists today.

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They actually set off cannons; they did not have fireworks back then.
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Hanneth is soooo right
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Did not have fireworks back then???? Wow...

"The Founding Fathers were fans

Fireworks have been around since the days of ancient China. But their history in the United States is far-reaching, too. Right after the Declaration of Independence was approved by Congress, John Adams, in 1776, wrote to his wife that America's independence "ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires and illuminations, from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward forever more." Illuminations, of course, meant fireworks.

The only catch was that Adams was two days off on his recommendations of when Independence Day would be celebrated. He predicted a holiday date of July 2, the day a closed session of Congress approved the resolution of independence. Instead, the country went with July 4, the date on the Declaration of Independence. [50 July 4th Facts: All About Patriotism]"

from http://www.livescience.com/21313-fantastic-fireworks-facts.html

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china. where as they thought that the loud noises would scare off the evil spirits. then america had discovered this and then they made fire works also. then john f. Kennedy (i'm guessing) said that fireworks would be a tradition for the fourth of July. independence day.

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China :D they were probably trying to blow up the Americans with colorful colors :)

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Ancient China

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China

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yes, hes right
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NO Hes Not!!!!!!
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ChinaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA

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Everybody is told the Chinese invented fireworks but the necessary materials were all found in the SE Asian environment (Malaya-Indonesia area) where the Chinese traded: carbon, salt peter refined from bat & bird cave guano & raw sulphur from volcanic vents. Bronze may originate here too and early cannon-pistols, and piston-fire-starters, paper too. There is a blog type book to read by Paul Manansala, Quest of the Bird and Dragon Clan. It is on Amazon.com and I contributed (though some of my material is plagiarized, unfortunately).

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fireworks were invented by the chinese

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chinese -_-

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Bristol, Rhode Island where the first Independance Day celebration took place.

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china

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I'm not sure of this answer, but I think it is when the colonists (Americans) were fighting for independence against Britain. Bombs and all the commotion shows how much Americans went through and are still standing. A couple of lines from the national anthem "Star Spangled Banner" basically tells it all:

"...And the rockets red glare
The bombs bursting in air
Gave proof through the night
That our flag was still there..."

Hope I helped!

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enjoy the holiday !
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china?!? no its not china it was a family of 4 and they put off fireworks and other ppl wanted to too so they did that and then was born the fireworks tradition (china INVENTED fireworks they didnt start the tradition of setting off fireworks on the forth of July!!!!!!!!!!)

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happy 4th to you.
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macy's

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walking on dog!

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For independence day! :)

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I will have to agree with David Tallman's post on 7/2/2012.

Quoted by David Tallman on 7/2/2012:
The first time fireworks were used to celebrate July 4th was on July 8th, 1776. According to History.com, some of the fireworks used may have been used mockingly, because in England fireworks were used as a birthday celebration for the kings and queens. Firing the fireworks to celebrate the separation of the colonies from England was to some the celebration of the "death" of the king's power over them.

On July 4th, 1777, the first official July 4th celebration was held. This day was celebrated with the firing of guns, cannons, bonfires and fireworks. Philadelphia was the first city to celebrate July 4th in this manner (which was the capital of the United States at the time). Other cities and towns soon took up the practice of firing guns and fireworks on July 4th as well.. That's how the fireworks tradition came about..

The Question IS:
"Where did the tradition of setting off fireworks come from?"
- NOT - Who Invented Fireworks?

I would think it is obvious the question pertains to the The United States of America & the Celebration of the 4th of July!

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Fireworks originated in China. The earliest documentation of fireworks dates back to 7th century China. The fireworks were used to accompany many festivities. It is a part of the culture of China and had its origin there, eventually it spread to other cultures and societies. Important events and festivities such as the Spring Festival (Chinese New Year) and the Mid-Autumn Festival were and still are times when fireworks are guaranteed sights. China is the largest manufacturer and exporter of fireworks in the world.
(Copied from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia). The question didn't ask specifically when and where fireworks were first used to celebrate US Independence...

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after america's independence they set of the old cannon balls thus now we use fireworks

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Nice dog

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thank you. i got groomed and shampooed just for the photo. grrrrrrrrrrrr..i even let them trim my nails. lol
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Freedom!

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In the Revolutionary War, they used a lot of cannons and rockets etc. and the boom and the colors simulated how we beat the British

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from independence

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